So, I am going to preface this post by saying that I really like Y.A. novels that deal with some kind of horrible, post apocalyptic dystopian universe. The Hunger Games is like, my favorite book ever. That's why when I heard about this novel, about a family who goes and lives underground in a bunker, post nuclear melt down, I got super excited. All the books I had previously read dealt with the fallout from some global crisis (death, disease, murderous reality tv, etc.) but this book, I thought would, show what it was like for people who escaped. And it did not disappoint.
Eli is the son of a billionaire computer guy who has thought of everything necessary to survive underground for the fifteen years needed for radiation poisoning to disappear. He, along with his two sisters and his parents, have food, entertainment, and enough pairs of sneakers to last them forever. However, living in an underground bunker with nothing but your family would, understandably, make any 15 year old boy a little stir crazy, especially when you consider what he left behind.
I don't want to give to much away about this book because it has an awesome ending, but I'll just say this, after the first 6 years, Eli's dad's careful planning begins to show some cracks. Food starts to run out and the plan his dad conceives for feeding them is too horrific to imagine. Then Eli discovers something that truly changes his entire world, and his opinion of what is right and what is wrong.
Best book ever! Ok, not really, but it was very suspenseful and I read it in under an hour. If you like survival stories, you will love this book.