Shimmer

Summary:

Winter, a snow-capped mountain town, hosts a luxury resort that puts this otherwise sleepy town on the map. It is also harbors a sinister, forgotten secret. The box is at Justin's house, and carries explicit instructions: don't touch! Justin isn't overly concerned about the box and while his parents are away, he hosts a party. Tess Ward, one of his guests, opens the box. Pandora's Box. The result is a chilling storm of shimmering particles that sends Winter into the darkest, coldest winter in history. Within 24 hours, a zombie apocalypse has blanketed Winter. Of Winter’s inhabitants, only Kit, Russ, Justin, Emma, and Betina are left to protect the box and Winter. The good news: no one can get out, including the infected, because of an icy blockade. The bad news: the kids are stranded on the wrong side of the blockade. Is there any hope they can discover how the myth ends?


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

There is plenty of action to keep readers turning the page as Kit, Russ, Justin, Emma, and Betina try to find the answers to this ancient secret.

Content Awareness Factors:

There is some gore and violence, but, according to multiple reviewers, it is not over-the-top.


Young Reader Reaction

Shimmer is a retelling of the Greek myth of Pandora's box. Reed builds upon the myth in creating a cast of characters diverse in their motivations, background, and voices. The divisions are prominent: the school cliques, stratified social classes, animosity between original inhabitants and newcomers. As interesting as the plot is, the language and characters bothered me at times. The boys seem superficial and immature toward Emma in ways that don't fit with the plot. Slang and bursts of crude language seemed to be jammed into the dialogue. They come across as forced, superfluous and misused.

Type of Book:
This YA fantasy combines zombies and mythology. This is a High Interest / Low Readability option. Older teens who don't like to read or who struggle with reading will find the plot plenty sophisticated.
Educational Themes:

The book offers plenty of conflict. With those elements, there are opportunities to pause in specific places to ask "what do you think will happen next?" A number of reviewers talked about how different characters acted "out of character." That could make for interesting discussions about the story itself, as well as writing and character development.

Reading Level:
5.0
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
15 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow or skip. There are stronger books out there that embody the same idea of retelling Greek myths.

Title Shimmer
About
Author Dallas Reed
Publisher HarperTeen © 2008
ISBN 9780061177378
Material Paperback
Genres School, Science Fiction, Mythology
be the star you are
Other Reviews:

More Reviews

Here are some other books we have reviewed that you may like!

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Ben Mikaelsen
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers © 2008
ISBN
9780060090074

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Anna Carey
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers © 2012
ISBN
9780062048516
be the star you are

BOOK REVIEW

Author
Randi Cooley Wilson
Publisher
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform © 2014
ISBN
9781495391521
be the star you are

BOOK REVIEW

Author
John Kloepfer
ISBN
9780061853043

Similar Books

Check out these similar books on amazon

RECOMMENDED BOOK

Author Cynthia Hand
Publisher HarperTeen, Imprint HarperCollins Publishers © 2011 (reprint edition)
ISBN 9780061996177

RECOMMENDED BOOK

Author Max Brooks
Publisher Three Rivers Press © 2007
ISBN 9780307346612

RECOMMENDED BOOK

Author James Dashner
Publisher Delacorte Books for Young Readers © 2014 (reprint edition)
ISBN 9780385742894

RECOMMENDED BOOK

Author Mira Grant
Publisher Orbit © 2010
ISBN 9780316081054