A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The main character intelligently deals with the aftermath of a catastrophic event.
Even the strangest events can be made to make sense through the use of logic. People who work together can accomplish much in the face of adversity. Humanity survives in the face of great odds.
Positive Role Models
Paige is a highly capable teen who manages to survive the sudden deaths of all her family and neighbors. She faces the situation with strength, bravery, and insight, maintaining hope and avoiding despair
Paige and most of the Midwestern characters are White. Trey is African American. Wyatt makes a couple of vaguely racist comments and is quickly called out about them.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of a scenes involving the discovery and inspection of dead human bodies. A likable supporting character is killed at close range by a monster.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Trey and Paige are attracted to each other, talk about kissing, and eventually spend sometime making out. Later, he takes some condoms from a pharmacy, confirming that they are physically intimate.
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Infrequent swearing: "damn," "hell," "s--t," one or two instances of "f--k."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to known that Any Sign of Life is a science fiction adventure novel, in which one young woman awakens to find everyone in her town dead. Rae Carson, author of The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy, takes a gripping premise and follows it through a series of exciting plot turns. Some violence, but there are many descriptions of decomposing bodies. Trey and Paige develop a physical relationship, as evidenced by the boy's taking some condoms from a pharmacy.
Is It Any Good?
The end of the world is on the minds of many, and this sensitive sci-fi adventure finds a new slant on a familiar scenario. In Any Sign of Life, author Rae Carson invests the main character with a steely determination to learn the truth about the disaster, and readers will be impressed by Paige's common sense and uncommon bravery. There are plenty of surprises and well-managed twists, and readers will want a second helping of Paige and her allies as soon as possible.
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