Oblivion Road by Alex McAulay
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: MTV Books
Publication Date: November 13, 2007
My Rating: 4 Stars
Five stranded teenagers must battle for their lives against a group of escaped convicts, and each other, in this shocking survival thriller from the author of Bad Girls and Lost Summer.
Courtney Stanton thinks she’s on just another ski trip with her friends — until a horrific car accident strands them all on an isolated Colorado road during a blizzard. Frightened but alive, Courtney and her companions discover an abandoned vehicle nearby, and seek help. But the vehicle turns out to be a prison van, with the inmates missing, and the guard’s dead body in the front seat.
Soon after, a stumbling figure emerges from the snow, a handcuffed refugee from the van. He says he’s been in prison for selling meth, but that he once served in the army. Dare they trust him? He pleads innocence about the guard’s murder, warns them about the other fugitives, and promises he will help guide them out of the wilderness. But as the group begins a nightmare trek across the frozen landscape, they start to get the feeling he hasn’t told them the entire truth, and someone — or something — is secretly watching their every move.
Reading this book made me think of those teenage horror flicks I used to watch as a young adult. Every scene in the book I could picture on the big screen. It’s one of those that I would be gripping my husband’s hand next to me as I sit on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next ball to drop, trembling with anticipation. The author created such a suspenseful, tense storyline that kept me up until 1:00am on a work night, because I HAD to know how it ended!
I loved this book! I will admit that I figured out what was going on about midway through, but I didn’t know for sure, so I was furiously turning the pages to see if I was right! The author’s pacing of the story was spot on and kept me intrigued page after page. I love how the chapters ended on a cliffhanger, so I had to continue reading to see what happened next! Hence, the staying up until 1:00am part!
I’m not going to recap the book as I think the synopsis is spot on and covers it all perfectly. I love suspenseful novels and this one definitely fit the bill. This is the first book I read by this author and I will definitely be looking for his others. This is a great young adult book, with some fairly gruesome scenes, so be forewarned!! It reads very quickly and easily and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Recommended!!
I received this book from Other Shelf Tours, a book touring site.