Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Time Bomb by Joelle Charbonneau

A couple of weeks before school begins several students come to their high school for various reasons.   Although they came to school for many different reasons, one of them came to place the bombs that beginning going off, trapping them in the school and causing them to rely on each other to get out alive.

I expected a quick survival story with the mystery being that the bomber is one of the main characters.  Who could it possibly be?!  While that is the main jist of the book, I found it bogged down by the laundry list of suspects who were just checking off every box for type of high school student - fat, black, Muslim, gay, closeted gay, angry outsider, and perfect girl.  Okay, so that wasn't surprising given what I expected from the book, but I rolled my eyes so hard when the bonding discussions started.  "Dude, even though I wasn't one of the ones who made fun of you for being Muslim, it never occurred to me to stand up to my friends.  I understand who you are now!" (Simulation of the message conveyed)  "But you're the most perfect girl in school - I never realized that even YOU could have problems!"  After The Testing I have moved Charbonneau to the top of my "to read" piles but this book completes the trilogy that will make me avoid her future releases.

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