Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Trapped by Marc Aronson

This is the true story of how 33 miners were rescued in Chile after a mine collapse. The book alternates between descriptions of life for the trapped miners, how their loved ones above ground were coping, and short essays of background information to help the reader understand about mining. Like many nonfiction books, I learned many interesting tidbits of information. For instance, did you know that Americans use ten pounds of copper a year? But only four pounds per person is recycled so there is still a huge need for copper mining. I appreciated the background information but I wish that the descriptions of life for the miners was as complete. And after the escape tunnel was carved out of the rock and the escape pod was completed, there was relatively no description of the trip through the rock to the surface. Since I knew that they all (amazingly!) survived, I guess I just really wanted to hear more about the adversities they faced along the way.

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