Trade Reviews

VOYA – 4Q 3P J S

Dara and Josh decide to divert from the spring break crowd in Florida and take a camping trip in a national forest. Tension in their relationship develops when animals are stealing their food and Dara has the wary feeling that there is someone else in the forest. This wariness turns into a blessing when a boy from the forest, Cade, intervenes and saves Dara from getting mauled by a bear. She, in turn, takes the injured Cade back to civilization so he can heal from his wounds. Cade has never been to a town, so he is both marveled and dismayed by what he finds there. Although Cade is still weak from his injuries, he is finding that he really does not fit into modern society, and he longs for his self-sufficient life in the forest. He enlists the help of Josh—who is glad to get rid of him—to get back to the forest. Dara knows it is best for Cade, but wonders whether she could be happy with him in the forest?

This is another postapocalyptic book but with a strange twist. Cade’s mother was sure there were going to be outbreaks of diseases that would wipe out the world’s population. In order to survive, she took her husband and child into the national forest, where they became self-sufficient in the wilderness. The story is engaging and makes the reader want to know what will happen when Cade and Dara hook up the next time.—Clair L. Brustkern.

Kirkus Reviews
(Full review 06/01/2014)
“This novel combines adventure and romance into an engaging read. Cade and Dara’s struggle to be together shines.”

School Library Journal
05/01/2014
Gr 7 Up—Cade grew up among the trees and caves of Daniel Boone National Forest. Dara grew up in the Kentucky town of Makwa. When a Spring Break camping trip Dara takes with her boyfriend, Josh, turns terrifying, the world of the forest and the world of modern-day Kentucky are thrust together. Cade is forced out of the wilderness and must contend with the media circus forming around him. It may be more than he and Dara can bear. The plotting of this retelling of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan of the Apes is smart and will keep readers interested in how Cade came to be in the woods by dropping clues about his mother’s past throughout the narrative. The novel features some romance, but it is not overwrought nor does it override the mystery element. Some mentions of modern technologies such as Tumblr, Skype, and iPhones will date the novel, but they add to Cade’s overwhelming lack of knowledge about the world he is suddenly a part of. A fine addition to any YA collection.—Paige Garrison, Aurora Central Public Library, CO