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When oil supplies run out and global warming leads to devastating storms, classmates Tom, Niki, Gwen, Hector, and Brock realize that the world as they know it is ending and lead the way to a more environmentally-friendly society.
Publisher: New York, New York : Scholastic, 2012.
ISBN: 9780545172790
Characteristics: 183 pages ;,21 cm.


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The plot was realistic especially as this province is such a heavy oil producer and it was a decent short story. However I didn't get connected with the story which meant I wasn't invested.

bandblair Feb 17, 2015

I've read this author before and I have always found her plot unrealistic and the characters are always thin. Still, quick fast read and gets you thinking about how much we depend on oil.

It was an okay book but not something that I would read again. I understand the whole shortage of natural resources and natural disasters that plague the east coast, but there was poor character development, that to me could have made this story just that much better.

Jul 16, 2013

Loved this book, and how it was written in the point of view of 3 characters. Great sci fi book.

Sep 27, 2012

I found this to be a very interesting book which could very likely happen to the world as we know it at any time. Living in Alberta Canada I see how rich oil and gas can make people and the province as well, but it can also be quiet harmful which can be seen here as well. However, I am very happy to see the steps that are being made to ensure that once the oil and gas is gone all around the world we will still be able to live. I can imagine the world would go to war over oil and gas again, like in the early 90’s with the war in Kuwait, but it doesn’t have to be this way. I am a very avid believer of recycling, and try my hardest to use what I have and to not throw things away if I don’t use it or want it anymore, but can still be used then I try to give it to those who want or need the item. Why not? I think that using wind and solar power and energy is a great idea and should be used more. Using ethanol from corn instead of gas is a great idea as well and so are all the other ideas. Oil and gas have made very many people rich, but as this books so clearly points out we will run out one day and that one day may be very soon, so it is time now to really push for renewable resources to be in place and to replace these non-renewable ones to make the world more sustainable for future generations.

Dec 29, 2011

I expected this book to have a darker tone, but at the same time I think that because it didn't have that dark a tone helped to convey its message. There is hope for the future, and we need to continue acting on this knowledge. Oil will be gone someday, and we can't be relying on it too much by that point.

Jul 23, 2011

this book really opened my eyes to the dangers of extreme oil usage. very interesting and realistic, although hopefully our governement will never do something like rely on oil until there's none left!

Jul 15, 2011

This is a novel that forces one to rethink their values and weigh out needs versus wants.
The one complaint I have is that I would've liked more character development. Especially after the storm, I would've thought that their situation would have changed their ways a bit more. But, you know, I probably only say that because my favorite novels are character-oriented, while this was more plot-oriented. :)

Intriguing plot, well thought-out, likable characters, and a great portrayal of cause and effect.
I also appreciated the use of articles and contributed to the atmosphere and how widespread the issue was. Very well done. :)

Jul 03, 2011

a different out look on the future. I found it an interesting way to view the future without the oil we are so reliant on today. it takes a break from aliens and robots invading

Jun 29, 2011

Love it! Very realistic, though it could've been a little more detailed.

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Mar 04, 2012

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Sep 27, 2012

This is a great book not just for teens. It is about the world coming to grasp with the end of oil and all oil by-products. Set in the very near future is follows three teens and how they deal and cope with the situation at hand. Niki comes from a rich family and has everything when everyone else has nothing, however, her world gets turned upside down when her father loses his job and then looses it. Niki soon realizes that she can only depend on herself and Tom. Tom is what would be considered middleclass. He recently lost his father and is dealing with not only that, but taking care of his mother as well. When the super hurricane wreaks havoc on their small town Tom realizes he must do whatever it takes to take care of not only his mom but those around him as well, including Niki. Gwen is the girl from the wrong side of the tracks or in this case the fence. Gwen ends up having what most others would covet at this time due to her brother’s black-market activities. She doesn’t ask questions nor does he offer. However, when her house catches on fire and burns to the ground she knows she needs to disappear due to her brother’s illegal activities and her mother had also abandoned then a couple years earlier as well so she fears child services and the police. Gwen runs into the forest knowing and remembering from her childhood the mineshafts in the rocks. She soon finds one and climbs in only to be blocked in during the storm, knowing she needs to find another way out she goes deeper into the rock only to come upon a metal door. She opens the door and a new world takes her in. She has accidentally stumbled upon a self-sustaining house that was built before its time and left abandoned. Tom soon finds Gwen with the help of a mutual friend. Tom ends up bringing Niki there as well with another person, soon they all decide the instead of hording all of the organic food growing in the greenhouse they should bring it to those in need in town. Other towns soon find out and riots begin again, this all happening while Gwen and Tom leave the rest to find other food, but especially to get prescriptions filled for those in need. Gwen’s brother Luke returns to set the rioters straight and the man and company who built the self-sustaining house to put the town back together with the help of a teacher and his wife. The plan is to make this small town self-sustaining so that fuel, oil, gas or not they will be fine and not be affected by the non-renewable resources again.

Jun 02, 2011

Gwen, Tom, and Niki are all in this world, this place, this planet. This planet is Earth. In exactly ten years. Ten years, there would be scarcely any fuel, any electricity. This leads to food decrease, since transportation of these foods are increasing. Fuel is expensive, and people are getting desparate. America goes to war with Venuzuela over fuel, and citizens suffer under lack of full meals. Suddenly, a hurricane crashes down on the small town they live in, Sage Valley, and everything is torn. Gwen's house goes on fire, leaving Gwen to escape to the woods. Niki's father lost his job, and now is drinking. Tom tries to help fellow citizens, but even at home, his mother is suffering. Then, Gwen finds this special, green powered home, that are full of food, and hardly use energy. When Tom and Hector starts looking for her, she introduces this new house to them. Tom gets an idea of spreading the word, and donating the food to others. Then things start to become chaos. Other towns come to Sage Valley, in search of food, and using force to achieve this. After days of struggling, Gwen, Tom, and Niki, together, start over. The past world of Earth had ended. A new one, has begun.


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Jun 26, 2012

It was true- the world had ended. And now the new world was beginning.

Jun 02, 2011

Everything counted. That was what they were learning. No matter how small, everything counted.
"I'm sorry. Gwen said. But really, the only thing she was sorry for was that she was alive in this place, at this time. And that even when she wanted to say something that might somehow make things better, she never knew how.
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