I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Alone by Megan E. Freeman
Genres: Middle Grade, Survival
Published by Simon & Schuster/Aladdin on January 12, 2021
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When twelve-year-old Maddie hatches a scheme for a secret sleepover with her two best friends, she ends up waking up to a nightmare. She’s alone—left behind in a town that has been mysteriously evacuated and abandoned.
With no one to rely on, no power, and no working phone lines or internet access, Maddie slowly learns to survive on her own. Her only companions are a Rottweiler named George and all the books she can read. After a rough start, Maddie learns to trust her own ingenuity and invents clever ways to survive in a place that has been deserted and forgotten.
As months pass, she escapes natural disasters, looters, and wild animals. But Maddie’s most formidable enemy is the crushing loneliness she faces every day. Can Maddie’s stubborn will to survive carry her through the most frightening experience of her life?
This is my second experiment with how I want to display the new rating system and I like it but it’s blurry so might need to change font as maybe my Old Press font just doesn’t display well small, works great for the CAWPILE RATING title though! 🙂 Back to the drawing board! What do you think?
Here is what I thought
I have never read a book in verse before so I went into this one a little bit leery of if I would like it or not. I can’t say that I am a huge fan of books written in verse but that wasn’t my real problem with this book.
So Maddie is left behind when her town is evacuated because she lied to her divorced parents about where she was going to be. She told her mom she was at her dads and her dad she was at her moms and then she was suppose to meet up with friends but they bailed and so she went ahead and stayed at a different home. There is suppose to be some sort of imminent danger that threatens the town or the US, I am still not really sure. Anyway, she is left alone.
Maddie isn’t sure when anyone is coming back and after a few days the electric is cut off and she really starts to worry. When it seems nobody is coming back she starts to prepare for the coming winter. She scours the neighboring houses for food (packaged and canned), water and other essentials that she will need. She collects wood for the fire and ends up finding one of the neighbors dogs. He is the only pet that seems to survive besides some feral dogs we meet later on.
So basically it’s about her surviving day after day. She does have some dangerous things happened to her but not that many for as long as she was there on her own.
I liked Maddie, she had good survival instincts that were probably better than most twelve year olds. She was also smart enough to research in the library when it came to somethings like building a fire in the stove as she didn’t know how. There was also things that (maybe it’s more my adult mind) I wondered why she didn’t do. Things like make a garden for fresh food (she did eventually do this at one point but it didn’t seem to last long and in surviving for long periods of time I just thought that would have been one of the first things she might have thought about).
There was also something that happened when some looters passed by and they killed a kitten!!! I was about the the point of giving the book up because that really isn’t something I care for in a middle grade book. Yes, it showed her that the person was not someone to rescue her but still I think she would have gotten that out of the man hitting the other guy.
There was a few other things like how did she know which ammo went with the gun she grabs from the store. Maybe I was just over thinking things. The big main thing was we never get to find out what the imminent threat was or why they had to evacuate and why they were gone for so long because she was alone for years.
I do think that the girl showed to be a great survivalist and I can see young readers enjoying it. And with my new rating system you can see that it was almost a 3 star but just to many things dropped it down.