The title's long and a bit weird, but the story keeps you reading!
Author: Andrea White
Publisher/Date: Scholastic ©2005
Number of Pages: 318
Recommended Reading Age: Young Adult (Grades 6 to 10)
Surviving Antarctica Reality TV 2083. Doesn’t the title alone make you curious? As soon as I picked up the book, the questions started. Who has to survive Antarctica? What does 2083 mean? What about reality TV? What better way to find out the answers than to read the book?
The story takes place in the year 2083. America has changed a bit since 2010. The government is cruel. If you want to go to high school and college, you have to win a game of chance called “Toss” or pay for your education. Alaska is a nuclear waste dump. Most people eat chips flavored as meals unless they can afford real food. Public school doesn’t exist anymore; kids are now taught through TV programs.
The program that teaches history is a reality TV show called "Historical Survivor." For one month, five 14-year-old kids appear on the show and simulate Robert F. Scott’s fatal journey to the south pole in Antarctica in 1914.
Every contestant gets $10,000 for participating. The kid who viewers vote as The Most Valuable Player wins a total of $100,000. That is, if they survive.
I don’t want to give away too much, so you’ll have to read the book to find out the details of what actually happens.
I can tell you that this book isn’t like any other book you’ll read. Instead of one person telling the story, you see events unfold through each of the six main characters’ points of view. This approach helped me understand the characters better and see the story in a different way.
I connected easily with the book and each of the kids, especially because I’m their age. Also, it has something for everyone! Future, fantasy, animals, action, emotion, history, suspense—it has it all.
Surviving Antarctica Reality TV 2083 is definitely one of my favorite reads. Author Andrea White does an astounding job at keeping you on the edge of your seat. It won’t be long until Surviving Antarctica Reality TV 2083 has become one of your favorite reads, too!
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