Horizon

Horizon

Book - 2017 | First edition
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When Aero Horizon 16 crashes in the Arctic, eight children emerge from the wreckage to find themselves alone and surrounded, not by ice, but by a mysterious and deadly jungle full of carnivorous plants and predatory birds--the other five hundred people from the plane are gone, not necessarily dead, but taken by something that lives in the jungle. Horizon is the debut middle grade novel for Scott Westerfeld.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scholastic Inc., 2017
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: FICTION HOR
Characteristics: 241 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9781549002878
9780545916783
9780545916776
0545916771
9781338196580
1338196588
9781338159455
1338159453
054591678X

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A plane crashes in the Arctic and all but 8 passengers disappear. Why, then, do the kids find themselves in a jungle surrounded by strange and deadly plants and animals?


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labraden
Sep 30, 2020

Horizon is the debut middle grade novel for Scott Westerfeld, author of several young adult series including The Uglies. Horizon begins with a mysterious electrical force ripping the top off a plane causing it to crash in a jungle that seems to be located someplace in the arctic. The only survivors are a group of young people, many of whom were on their way to a robotics competition. The adults on the plane are missing, and are presumed to be dead, but with no bodies, it is hard for the kids to be sure. Other strange things begin to happen almost immediately after the crash. The young people discover a device that suspends or increases gravity, and unique wildlife that includes birds that can shred human skin and a vine that purposely tries to kill its victims.

Westerfeld has created an interesting world that seems to be a cross between the television series Lost and The Hunger Games. This first book in a purposed series of seven books to be published between 2017 and 2020, lays the foundation for the rest of what is to come. My only minor complaint is that there are so many characters that it is hard to get to know or care about any of them, especially since the perspective in the book jumps back and forth between characters. Otherwise this is a great beginning to a unique series that already makes it difficult to be patient for future installments to be published.

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Aria_45
Oct 19, 2019

An awesome book that will keep you awake all night long!

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oliviatuck
Jul 12, 2018

this book is awaseome i stayed up till12:30 so i could finish this book is great

SPL_Kids Jan 09, 2018

A full review of this book can be found under "Summary".

ArapahoeCatherine May 02, 2017

Non-stop action from beginning to end! It was like the TV show 'Lost' for middle schoolers. Definitely a great start to a new series from the ever-reliable Scott Westerfeld.

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afackent
Mar 15, 2020

afackent thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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Feb 27, 2020

NicePerson_290 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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glowster
Dec 14, 2017

glowster thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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SPL_Kids Jan 09, 2018

“Horizon” by Scott Westerfeld, 241 pages.
While enroute to a robotics tournament, flying across the Arctic Circle on a flight from New York City to Japan, Aero Horizon 16 suddenly crashes. Only eight young survivors emerge from the wreckage. Instead of seeing a frozen landscape, they are thoroughly dazzled and confused to find that they’re in an exotic jungle.
Intriguing and mysterious, the jungle is full of danger. Strange carnivorous plants, huge predatory birds and other fearsome creatures abound. There are also mysterious, unfriendly forces which appear to be working against the survivors.
The situation is dire. The eight have no idea of where they are, how to get home again, and how to survive in the meantime. They know nothing about the other passengers of Aero Horizon 16. What has happened to them? If they are dead, where are their bodies? If something from the jungle has taken them, where have they gone?
Then, incredibly, the survivors discover a device that can alter gravity.
The tension and suspense in this fast-paced story is almost palpable, and the conclusion is a cliffhanger. (The second title in this seven-book series, Jennifer Nielsen’s “Deadzone”, has just been published.) Incorporating many elements of science fiction, a well-developed setting and third-person narration which switches between the eight survivors, “Horizon” is a thoroughly gripping, fight-for-survival tale (which is tied in with an online game).
** Recommended for ages 9 to 14 years of age.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library, Stratford, Ontario.

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glowster
Dec 14, 2017

Their plane, which is on an airline that has never crashed before, has finally crashed. They crash into a jungle in the Arctic. 500 people, including their teacher, have mysteriously disappeared. The jungle is filled with strange creatures and technologies. And, of course, they are only kids. How will they get home? Who brought them here? What is making that eerie sound out in the dark? Follow these eight kids as they try to answer all these questions. But read at your own risk. Not everyone will make it out alive.

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Feb 27, 2020

Other: Someone dies.

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