Brr! Doesn't that cover just make you want to cuddle up to a blazing fireplace?
“Some snow days dump so much snow that only Stephen King could enjoy them. Trapped is narrated by a 15-year-old basketball player who’s trapped with six classmates — four other boys and two girls — in their rural New England high school while it snows for an entire week. The snow knocks out power, heat and, perhaps worst of all, cellphones. The compelling plot of this young-adult novel is more The Breakfast Club than Lord of the Flies. Author Michael Northrop deftly describes teens who are tested by the endless snow: ‘It wasn’t a storm; it was whatever comes after that.’" -- USA Today
When I thought about possible topics to relate to this book, of course, I didn't have to look much further than out my own window. Climate change is here, people, and New York City has had some record-breaking snowfalls of late.
Um, yeah. That's a taxi. COMPLETELY COVERED IN SNOW.
And while snow days can seem like a fun break from reality, the fact is, New York City was NOT prepared to handle such an epic storm. Streets weren't plowed and people couldn't get around, not to mention that eventually, trash collection became a real stinker of an issue (literally). Public transportation all but shut down completely.
The characters in TRAPPED definitely had it worse than we did here in New York City, where there was heat, and food, and an end in sight. But I can't help but reflect on how unprepared we were for such weather, and how, even in the wake of that last storm, I'm not convinced we're truly prepared for the next one, if and when it should come.
So, tell us, readers - have you found yourself in extreme weather situations, and if so, did you feel prepared? Or have other natural disasters around the globe inspired you to get involved in victims' aid, and maybe increase the odds that if and when there is a "next time," the big freeze won't seem quite so much like a total meltdown?