Jack wakes up to machine gun fire when foreign soldiers have invaded his hometown cutting off power, shutting down communications, and restricting travel. To make matters worse, he doesn't know if his dad is alive, wounded, captured, or dead. He wants to find him, however, his mother doesn't care, the soldiers are in his way, and the cop who busted him is no help at all.
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**I received this item for free as part of a blog tour** Thirteen year old Jack Sullivan had a normal life living in Vancouver, Canada. He went to school, hung out with his friends, and now and again got in to minor trouble. This was until the country was taken over by terrorists. Now he has a curfew to abide by, electricity for one hour a day, food rationed and no running water. Though Jack is only worried about one thing; is his Dad safe? "Thirteen", opens with a real bang, the sound of gunfire awakening Jack and his mum Sidney. They live near the Canadian/USA border, so they presume that that something is happening at the border crossing. They were not prepared for their city to be taken over by soldiers. The story is told through the eyes of Jack, as he has to come to terms with the fact that life has taken a dramatic change. At first he is more concerned about having no phone, internet and computer games, as any thirteen year old boy would be, but as the story progresses, Jack comes to realise that he needs to suddenly grow up and become responsible, especially as he doesn’t know if his dad is safe, or even where he is. I liked Jack; he was your typical thirteen year old at the start, but over the course of the book it seems as if he has aged about 5 years in the space of weeks. Jack goes through a range of emotions throughout the book, but an underlying feeling of being scared is always present. He is scared that the soldiers will hurt his mum, scared that they have taken his dad, and scared for his own life. I like how Shannon Peel had the idea to place a story that is more prominent in a war torn third world country, and place it in to a first world country, and showed how it would affect everyday life. The book is full of action, it’s fast paced and it is centred around a thirteen year old boy. I think kids will love it, especially boys. I however did have some issues. Firstly I was well in to the book when it became clear who the soldiers were, and although near the end we are given a brief reason as to why they are there, I never really understood what they wanted, or how so many soldiers managed to get in to Canada, nor why the army from both the USA and Canada hadn’t responded. But these are questions that I would expect an adult to wonder about, not kids. I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t a book that I felt compelled to read all the time.