Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau - OPTIONAL

Charbonneau, Joelle Time Bomb, 340 pages. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018. $18. Content: Language: R (93 swears); Mature Content: PG; Violence: PG-13.  

Six students are at their high school the week before school starts for various reasons, but when a bomb goes off at the school they are quickly brought together as some of the only survivors.  As the kids are trying to help each other, they realize they are all trapped on the third floor and bombs keep going off at the school, causing smoke and fire to hinder their escape.  They are all suspicious of each other and their background stories make them all the possible bomber, but as events escalate one student comes forward as the perpetrator.  

This is an intense read that covers topics like rasicim, bullying and judging others.  I liked the development of the plot and I also liked the characters.  It’s a hard book to read because violence in schools is realistic and I also felt like the perpetrator needed to show remorse but did not.  The swear count is high, and the violence was upsetting but not overly graphic.  I would put it as advisable except for the language.  

MS, HS – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.


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