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Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two—every cruise has different passengers, after all.But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy's only weeks out at sea when an earthquaShy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two—every cruise has different passengers, after all.But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy's only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed.The earthquake is only the first disaster. Suddenly it's a fight to survive for those left living....

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the living Reviews

  • Josu Grilli
    2019-05-05 05:54

    Una novela ágil, con personajes sin apenas profundidad y predecible, pero que al menos consigue mantenerte en vilo durante gran parte de sus páginas. Hay varias cosas que quiero comentar de Los vivientes. Comenzó como una historia diferente y original, pues tan solo con la localización de gran parte de la historia se tenía ganado ese punto de innovación. Se me viene a la mente un solo ejemplo de novela juvenil en un barco, Aguas oscuras, y eso es un punto a favor. Sin embargo, aproximadamente hacia la mitad de la novela, la historia pega un giro que tira todo por la borda. La mejor parte de la novela, sin duda, es aquella que ocurre en el barco, y aunque los personajes no sean nada del otro mundo, al menos tienen tramas entretenidas y hay anécdotas o historias secundarias que contar. Cruzaba los dedos durante mi lectura para que Matt de la Peña no se fuera a lo sencillo, a lo fácil. Pero el autor sucumbe al placer de lo sencillo, y eso deja la trama cojeando. Se veía venir casi desde el principio, en serio. ¡Y la manera de revelar todo me pareció vaga! Vaga y simple. He de admitir que yo en este tipo de historias siempre exijo un poco más... y más en este caso, cuando se podría haber hecho una novela juvenil verdaderamente diferente.En cuanto a los personajes no es que tenga tampoco muy buenas palabras. Son entretenidos (menos en ciertas ocasiones, sobre todo cuando Shy está hablando o con Carmen o Addie a solas) y dan contenido con el que llenar las páginas, pues las interacciones mediante diálogos son importantes. Pero ni están desarrollados ni consiguen conectar con quien lo lea, y es toda una pena porque son personajes que podrían haber jugado papeles mucho más importantes en una historia de estas características.Tampoco me ha gustado cómo se han tratado la mayoría de los temas, en especial el hecho del fin del mundo y la enfermedad, que son las bases de la historia. Era todo tan plano... Me faltó algo. Aunque si hay algo que tengo que destacar es el hecho de que el autor consiga que todo fluya en la dirección correcta, que nada parezca forzado y que las páginas se lean solas. Con capítulos cortos y división por días, la historia se cuenta de una manera directa y sencilla, ahondando en las acciones y en la trama subyacente.Así que es una novela que recomiendo para las personas que no se esperen nunca los finales de las películas. Para las que no, como yo, os encontraréis una historia predecible y básica. ¡Pero al menos es entretenida de leer!

  • Jon
    2019-05-22 09:26

    Check out Scott Reads It!The Living is a strange novel because each part is extremely different in tone and atmosphere. The first part of this novel had a very contemporary feel and it had a nice mix of romance and interesting introspective writing. Part two of The Living was strictly apocalyptic and it abandoned all of the thought-provoking messages that I loved in part one. Part three is a whole different story and I felt like the point of this part was to help kick-start a unwarranted series. The Living just feels all over the place and very uneven in plot structure.I loved how Matt De La Pena decided to include Mexican-American protagonists because I really feel like YA lit needs to include more POCs (people of color). Pena addresses the racism that Mexican-Americans face often in a thought-provoking way. I can definitely tell that Pena has a flair for writing about controversial topics in a straightforward manner. Another thing that I enjoyed was the romance which I felt was well-integrated into the plot; the only qualm I have with the romance was how the author mitigated how severe and terrible infidelity is. Cheating on someone is something extremely serious and morally wrong, I really felt like the author neglected to treat this topic properly. It was really refreshing to read something that was mainly targeted towards teenage guys. Shy isn't the best male protagonist that I've read about, but Pena does capture what guys actually act like. So many YA authors write inaccurate and unrealistic depictions of male guys that I was so happy to read a book where the author actually understands what being a male teen is all about. Another aspect of Shy's characterization that I enjoyed is how he's an average guy; he isn't extremely handsome, muscular, and eye-catching like so many YA characters. Not every guy is going to be a well-built, stunning guy in the real world, so why does literature idealize males? As I mentioned before, the plot of The Living was extremely problematic for me. I really think that Pena has considerable writing abilities in creating contemporary and apocalyptic environments. The Living is definitely well-paced with enough dialogue and action to keep things interesting. Though The Living works as a apocalyptic novel, I really feel like Pena is better suited to writing about realistic, emotional topics than intense, action scenes. Don't get me wrong, Pena knows how to write heart-pounding, action scenes, but they just couldn't compare to the scenes about racism. I haven't read anything by Matt De La Pena in the past, but after reading The Living, I really don't think apocalyptic books are his forte. The Living is well-written, intense, but I feel like making The Living a beginning of a series is moot. It definitely would have been more effective as a stand-alone, why does every YA book need to be apart of a series? *Sighs* I really miss reading stand-alones because I'm in the middle of 100's of series, I kid you not.

  • May
    2019-05-06 09:28

    UNA NOVELA FASCINANTE. CON UN RITMO INCREÍBLE.Los vivientes es la primera parte de una serie, no sé si de dos, tres o más libros. Sea como sea es una novela de ciencia ficción que se ambienta en alta mar y que cuenta una historia escalofriante y que atrapa desde la primera página. De la Peña es un autor con una pluma muy propia y que marca un ritmo en la novela frenético.Soy una adicta a la ciencia ficción, me encanta. Y por eso mismo he leído tantos libros que ya me cuesta encontrar uno que me enganche y me sorprenda de verdad. Los vivientes ha sido ese libro que me ha sorprendido, enganchado y dejado con muchísimas ganas de más. Es una de las mejores lecturas que llevo hechas este año y una novela muy recomendable para lxs lectorxs de las novelas post apocalípticas. Además tiene tintes de distopía que parece que se desarrollarán aún más en la segunda novela, ago que también me encanta.Me ha gustado mucho la ambientación de Los vivientes porque no es común encontrar una novela desarrollada en un crucero. Y las pocas que he leído ninguna me terminó de convencer ni de gustar. El hecho de estar ambientada en un barco y en alta mar le daba un punto extra para mí. Y lo cierto es que el autor juega muy bien con la ambientación y tiene unas descripciones bastante buenas que te sitúan a la perfección en ese barco. Me recordaba muchísimo a una serie que hubo una vez en Antena 3 que se llamaba El Barco. Aunque es una casualidad fortuita porque esa serie nunca llegó a Estados Unidos por lo que probablemente el autor nunca la ha visto.Quizás lo que más me ha fallado ha sido la evolución y el planteamiento del personaje de Carmen. Si bien el resto de personajes están profundizados y bien caracterizados, Carmen ha sido un personaje bastante plano y al que se le daba demasiada importancia en la trama para lo que hacía -nada-. Es un personaje que además no me ha gustado ni caído bien, así que la tuve enfilada toda la lectura.La trama me ha gustado muchísimo. Me gusta mucho el factor sorpresa de la novela porque no te esperas casi nada de lo que ocurre y nunca sabes qué más va a pasar o si los personajes van a sobrevivir. Me ha gustado el planteamiento de la trama y cómo está dividida en diferentes partes muy claramente. Me ha gustado muchísimo la idea de la novela, el desarrollo y el giro final. Los giros son además muy buenos y potentes en este libro y es otro factor que juega a su favor.Ya por el último decir que el ritmo me ha gustado mucho. Es muy ágil, rápido y hace que te engaches a la lectura. Me atrapó tanto la novela que la leí en dos noches -y una estaba con fiebre pero me hizo aguantar hasta que mi cuerpo no podía más-. Los vivientes es de esas novelas que te quitan el aliento, que te dejan con ganas de más todo el tiempo y que no quieres soltar. Es una novela muy recomendable y de la que me escucharéis hablar de aquí hasta la saciedad.

  • Vir
    2019-05-10 07:35

    Los vivientes es una novela que me ha impactado bastante por la crudeza y dureza de muchas de sus escenas. Una historia de supervivencia completamente adictiva que me tuvo con el corazón en un puño en muchas ocasiones tanto por su intensidad como por la forma tan directa que tiene el autor de narrar. Pega un pequeño bajón -en cuanto a previsibilidad de la trama- en la parte final pero igualmente deja con muchas ganas de saber cómo continúa todo.http://lavidasecretadeloslibros.blogs...

  • Clary Morgenstern
    2019-05-10 04:38

    3,5 - 4 Sterne :)

  • Colleen Houck
    2019-05-08 08:54

    This book was a roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I can totally picture it as a movie. The tsunami scenes were terrifying! And don't get me started on the sharks. *shiver* Loved it!

  • Lauren Morrill
    2019-05-07 06:45

    This book was pitched to me as a YA LOST... Big shoes to fill, right? Well, The Living lives up to it and more (and only a little bit because I expect that The Living is going to have an actual ENDING ... Lost, I'll never forgive you for that). Anyway, this was tense, heartbreaking, exciting, and just generally in-put-downable. The only thing that sucks is how long I'll have to wait for the next one ... Arg.

  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    2019-05-04 08:35

    4 of 5 stars at The Bibliosanctum: http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...This book first caught my attention because I noticed a blurb likening it to a Young Adult version of LOST - which was actually a show I really enjoyed before it turned all WTFery bizarre. The result however, was not quite what I expected. I wouldn't say I'm disappointed, though; The Living wasn't a bad book, just different.I'm also not surprised to see that opinions are all over the place for this one. It is a book made up of several different sections that feel completely dissimilar from each other in terms atmosphere, setting, pacing. It is part disaster story and survivor narrative, but also with some hints of apocalyptic fiction and mystery. Try and imagine the movie 2012 meets Castaway, then maybe throw in a bit of 28 Days Later.We start the story on a luxury cruise ship, which I thought was a rather unique and exciting setting. The international crew and passengers make for a very diverse cast, with characters hailing from all over the world. The protagonist himself, Shy, is a Mexican-American teenager whose home town is near the border, an area ravaged by a new illness coined Romero disease. Ever since the disease claimed his grandmother, Shy has been working for the cruise line in order to earn money to support his family.Shy employed on board a ship and near Hawaii when "The Big One" hits, a megathrust earthquake that completely destroys the west coast of North America. The resulting tsunami sinks the ship, and while most perish, Shy manages to survive.One more movie reference and I swear I'll be done, but I just wanted to point out that The Living ruined cruising for me by traumatizing me the same way Final Destination did with air travel. The scenes leading up to, during, and after the sinking were gripping and terrifying. Which was probably why it felt so incongruous when this section was followed up with a part featuring days of drifting aimlessly on the open water as Shy is marooned on a lifeboat. This section had its moments too, but it had nowhere near the heart-pounding force or intensity.I was also slightly disappointed when I got to the final few pages and found a wide-open ending, and what was a very obvious lead-in to a series. I'd hoped that this would be a stand alone, though I'd had my doubts even before I started when I saw the slimness of the volume. As I got closer and closer to the last page I already suspected the author wasn't going to be able to wrap everything up.In fact, as a first book to a planned series, The Living actually had the feel of very long introduction. But for all that, I still can't deny it has me hooked -- Matt de la Peña did a splendid job setting up an intriguing story and a lot of interesting relationships between the characters. I'll most likely pick up the sequel when it releases.

  • Tara Byers
    2019-05-01 06:30

    Looking through the other reviews, I'm surprised this book rated as many stars as it did. Maybe I'm just the oddball out on this one, but this book was "Meh..." for me. I was expecting an exciting tale of survivalist fiction - and there is some of that, don't get me wrong, but there's also a medical mystery dotted with murder. Which is fine. Great. Dandy. But here's where I fell off The Living train. The narrator. I just... maybe as a woman in my early thirties I just can't relate to teenage boys anymore, but I really had a hard time being sympathetic to the main character. Shy is a nice kid and everything but when it came to his relationship with Carmen just... UGH. Just UGH. His scene in the hallway with her was so cringe worthy I almost didn't make it through. Not to mention the characterization of Addie in the beginning - are teenage girls really like this now? Because honestly, I didn't like a SINGLE young character in this book. Give me Shoeshine and Christian all the live long day, and out with these punk whipper snappers. The book is slow going at the beginning and there are so many threads woven into the story in strange and disconnected ways, I was surprised when I got to the ending and... WHAT? It's a series? My bad for not realizing there would be more books but, honestly, this book did not leave me wanting more. Things just sort of trail off after the climax and, while I understand there will be more books, I felt I needed SOME closure on at least a few of the questions raised within the narrative. All in all, I found this book disappointing and I have no plans to continue reading the next one. To me, I needed a character I could relate to and though I glimpsed a couple around the edges, all in all, Shy just didn't do it for me.

  • Amy
    2019-05-03 10:45

    In a reading conference this week, a student told me the last book he read didn't have enough action. Well, with The Living, he will not be disappointed. I read it in two sittings, eagerly absorbed in Shy's story. Working on a cruise ship, making friends, having new experiences, Shy is a good kid who loves his family and dreams of loving Carmen. A big storm, a spying stranger, a mysterious and horrifying disease, intrigue and murder. This books is like an action-adventure movie all in one.

  • Steffi
    2019-05-03 07:39

    2.5Ich war sehr gespannt auf das Buch, da ich mich der Klappentext unheimlich angesprochen hat und ich mir eine spannende und actionreiche Geschichte erwartet habe.Es hat fast bis zur Hälfte des Buch gedauert bis überhaupt passiert ist was im Klappentext beschrieben wurde. Ich verstehen ja, dass es erst ein wenig Einleitung geben und man auch erst die Charaktere kennenlernen muss, aber fast die Hälfte des Buches fand ich dann doch etwas viel.Auch als die Action los ging, kam bei mir nie wirklich Spannung auf. Als Shy und Addie dann in dem Rettungsboot unterwegs waren, kam sogar fast Langeweile auf.Die Hintergründe, die sich stellenweise andeuten, wirken momentan nicht wirklich besonders und hat man gefühlt schon öfter gelesen.Insgesamt konnte mich das Buch zwar einigermaßen unterhalten, aber konnte meine Erwartungen in keiner Weise erreichen.

  • Jake
    2019-05-21 03:39

    I fairly enjoyed this and it took me back to when I was reading the maze runner, trying to figure out what exactly was happening. I was interested, I was able to connect to the main character and I enjoyed the whole story! Now, I just have to see if I can find the second book!

  • Patricia Bejarano
    2019-05-16 07:44

    4.5 en realidad :) Si solo pudiera elegir una palabra para definir a este libro sería ADICTIVO. Me ha encantado. Espero con muchas ganas la siguiente parte.

  • Patrizia
    2019-05-24 05:47

    Ganz anders als erwartet und im Klappentext beschrieben, aber überraschend gut. Gute 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Wren
    2019-05-24 03:33

    Welcome to Book CityDate: November 26, 2014Spoilers AheadHeadlineThe LivingMatt de La PeñaShy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two—every cruise has different passengers, after all.But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy's only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed.The earthquake is only the first disaster. Suddenly it's a fight to survive for those left living. City Calendar:This is what happened during the week.A rich guy who co-owns a company jumps off the ship. Rodney celebrates his birthday. Kevin tells Shy about a guy asking around about Shy. Shy talks to Carmen about everything. They kiss, but Carmen pushes Shy off. The next day comes, and a storm comes. Shy goes to pack the deck. He sees Addison and Cassandra. They go inside, and Shy sees the guy who was asking about him named Bill. The storm officially hits the ship. Emergency procedures start. Some of the lifeboats sink. A tsunami comes. Many are killed. Shy gets on a life raft with some others, but the raft hits a wave. People are knocked off. Shy gets on a lifeboat that is sinking. He sees Addison and Mr. Henry the oilman. The oilman is hurt by the sharks surrounded their raft. They both get on board. Addie and Shy row the boat. The oilman jumps off, but he leaves Shy his ring. They find a boat. Shy goes inside and sees dead scientists. They are saved by Shoeshine. They go to an island. Addison faints. Shy finds Carmen. They find out that the survivors intend to leave the island. Shy finds out that the penthouse has people dying or dead from Romero Disease. Bill explains that Romero Disease was created by LasoTech Addie's dad's company. Shoeshine kills Bill who was going to kill Shy. The people go to leave, but they are killed by the 'researchers'. Marcus, Shy, Carmen, and Shoeshine escape the island.And that's what happened this week.Personal Ads:Shy.Teen boy. Has crush on Carmen. Looking to make money for his family. Has nephew with Romero Disease. Had grandmother who died of Romero Disease. Seventeen. Flirty. Brave. Puts grudges aside and will save people. Cares for friends. Good looking.Addie.Daughter to co-owner of LasoTech. Snobby. Stuck-up. Ends up having a heart. Has panic attacks after ship is sunk. Loses her best friend. Carmen.Has fiancé. Sexy and seductive. Flirts. Had father killed by Romero Disease. Shy likes her. Eighteen. Singer. Good looking. Understand Shy. Can be deep and understanding. Opinions:I have mixed feelings about this book.I love the action. It's quick and fast paced. It's quite amazing. I like the survival. They need water. They need food. The struggle for survival is in this book. They need to survive, and they have to find reasons to survive. I dislike that the survival isn't throughout the book. And we also don't get descriptions of the survival. No aching stomach. It's like the characters aren't exactly starving. Even if you know they are.The love triangle and the romance are annoying. Shy. Choose one or the other. Love triangles aren't cool. At all. I think Shy and Addie are better. They have chemistry. They might not understand each other like Carmen understands Shy, but they have chemistry. That last line in the lifeboat? Perfect. It makes me root for Shy and Addie. But the romance isn't needed in this book. It would be okay if they were just friends. Truly.I also dislike Shy. He's an annoying character. The characters are all mildly annoying. I dislike Shy the most. Even Addie grows on you. Shy is the guy who want to like...but can't. He whines a little to much. We get it. You have grieved. You are grieving. But please stop. You don't have to act like a total dunce around Carmen. Sex is a terrible way to get over grief. She has a fiancé. Stop. Get over her. Can't you just be friends? Can't you just not like anyone as anything more than friends? Weather:Cloudy with a 80% chance of rain2/5

  • Prince William Public Library System
    2019-05-16 05:25

    Shy Espinoza is just your regular teen from Otay Mesa spending his summer working on a cruise ship to make extra money. Between handing out water bottles and towels, catching some sun, hanging out with his friends, and being surrounded by beautiful girls, what more could a guy want? But underneath Shy’s tough-guy exterior lies a boy with a very big heart who’s trying to earn enough money to send back home to his nephew who has been stricken with the deadly Romero disease that killed Shy’s grandmother. Shy’s first voyage goes off without a hitch and the second seems to be going well too, until the night he encounters a passenger hanging off the edge of the ship’s deck. Though Shy tries to talk him down, the mysterious passenger utters a few cryptic messages before flinging himself into the ocean. From there, Shy’s life throttles out of control. From being questioned by everyone to what the dead passenger’s final words meant, to messing up his chance at “something more” with his shipmate, Carmen, to a sudden earthquake and impending tsunami, De La Peña’s thriller grabs you by the throat and never lets you go. The action packed plot hurls you along through disaster after surprise plot twist as you’re rooting for Shy and his friends, Carmen, Rodney, and Kevin to make it to the end despite overwhelming odds. Fans of Susan Beth Pfeffer’s “Last Survivors” series will devour “The Living” in one sitting. The characters are so well developed and complicated that you continually second guess where everyone’s loyalties lie. Who is LasoTech and what do they have to do with Romero disease, which is much more rampant than everyone thought? Why is Shy being followed by a mysterious passenger in black? Will Shy and his friends survive the earthquake/tsunami disaster at sea and make it back home to their families? As soon as you finish the “Living” you’ll immediately want to pick up its companion, “The Hunted” for answers to these questions and a whole lot more adventure, some romance, and the power of the human spirit to survive at all costs. -Rosanne NJClick here to find the book at the Prince William County Public Library System.

  • Emily Scott
    2019-05-07 07:29

    ~*Review Might Contain Spoilers*~In a world where YA novels are dominated by plain saltine female leads, Shy is a fresh breath of air. Amazingly this novel is set over a time period of about 8 days. Starting out, I thought this book would just be a nice survival story, sort of like The Raft. BOY, was I wrong. It starts off with Shy reliving a traumatic event that occurred on the last voyage off the cruise ship he worked on. Other than the prologue, it had a nice light start, average big softie friend, hot unattainable friend, just average teenage boy stuff right? You know, other than the man in the suit following him everywhere....After that things take a dark turn, the mysterious Romero disease, why everybody cares so much about what exactly David Williamson said before he jumped, and the creepy guy in the suit that's following Shy at every turn. But, that stuff leaves his mind as he gets closer the aforementioned hot unattainable friend Carmen, who btw has a fiance back home. After sharing a drunken kiss, Shy takes a surprisingly mature stance of friendship. There! Everything's fine now right? WRONG. They find out about the earthquake, and the tsunamis and Shy and two others are stranded in a life raft in the middle of the ocean andthe story hasn't even really started yet. All in all, The Living was a book that surpassed every expectation I had set for the book ,and continued to do so. I for one, am eagerly awaiting The Hunted! (Which comes out a little after my birthday, so that's cool)

  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    2019-04-29 10:40

    This book is a wild ride. I ended it completely won over by the well-paced action scenes and terrifying cliffhangers. It's incredibly exhilarating. That alone deserves four stars. The issue is that this isn't a good mystery / dystopia novel. Matt De La Pena's style shines when he writes action scenes, but slow, creepy, atmospheric scenes come off flat in his style. This book seriously suffers in terms of atmosphere. There's another issue here, and it's glaring: the characters. Shy is one of the biggest fuckboys I've had to deal with in literature. It's only easy to ignore because of the action. His sidekick, Addy, is portrayed in a pornographic way, and doesn't get developed nearly enough. There's also a fairly pointless love triangle. While I enjoyed this book a ton two years ago, I can't really recommend it due to these complaints and due to the terrible sequel.

  • Laurie
    2019-05-22 07:37

    I love Matt de la Pena. I loved reading Mexican White Boy and We Were Here. So . . . I was excited to get his new book on Tuesday, and I started reading it yesterday. It is a departure from his other books even though he still writes about people and cultures he knows. That's good. But as I started to read I kept thinking, really a love interest so early? A mystery illness? A natural disaster? Wait. What is going on? Way too much. AND IT IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES! Noooooo! With all of that said, after the exposition where we learn who Shy is, what it is like to work on a cruise ship, his attraction to Carmen, something happens and I COULD NOT PUT THE BOOK DOWN. I finished this 300 page book in less than a day. Is it a disaster book? Is it an adventure book? Is it a mystery? Is it a spy thriller? Well, maybe not spies. I'm not sure, but it grabbed me and wouldn't let me go.

  • Lid
    2019-05-07 05:41

    NOTA: 3.5/5http://librosdelcielo.blogspot.com/20...Bueno bueno bueno... Me he zampado más de 1/3 de libro hoy.Al iniciar esta historia bajé mis expectativas pues me encontré con algo bastante normalito casi de 5/10 sin embargo al llegar a poco antes de la mitad la historia empieza a engancharme cada vez más, creciendo mi interés de forma continua acabando en una historia que puedo decir que me ha sorprendido gratamente. No se lleva más nota porque el principio no me hizo sentir nada, pero ayudo a bajar expectativas y que me sorprendiera la forma en la que el autor lleva la historia, algo predecible pero que aún asi engancha.

  • paula
    2019-05-11 10:53

    Oh my god! What the hell did Matt de la Pena ever do to you, Brilliance Audio? The reader on this audiobook not only can't remotely pull off de la Pena's contemporary language (we knew we were in trouble when he made "score some new kicks" sound like a distasteful drug reference), but the accent he shifts into for the Australian underwear model Kevin is so ludicrous that my sons have adopted it for all of their doomed characters when they play Forbidden Desert. I want Kevin to die soon, and not for the right reasons.I can't even tell if the story's any good. Matt, call your agent.

  • Emily
    2019-04-28 05:39

    2.5 starsI was interested enough to finish this, but I didn't love it. The characters needed more depth, and the dialogue felt off. There was a nice amount of suspense, and it was hard to put down in parts, but I think I can go without reading the sequel.

  • Pingüina Fría
    2019-04-28 06:30

    1,5

  • Josiah
    2019-05-19 02:36

    The Living is a far cry from Matt de la Peña's 2016 Newbery Medal-winning picture book, Last Stop on Market Street. Bringing a fresh, cinematic perspective on the awesome scope of disaster stories to teen literature, Matt de la Peña crafts an extraordinarily immediate adventure novel from page one, portraying the romance of an ocean cruise with palpably atmospheric delight. He gets all the little details right to build the ambience of the scene: the carefree demeanor of super-rich passengers on a luxury liner, the slick, professional card dealers standing by twenty-four hours a day to engage customers in gambling action, the cavernous dimensions of the ship, which provide plenty of space for clandestine behavior and conversations onboard. Matt de la Peña has cracked the code for creating scenes that feel raw and out of control, thrusting the reader into the position of the lead characters so the story feels as uncontrived as if we were the one pushing the action, and that's a rare accomplishment for any writer. We feel the inevitability of approaching calamity even as the ship glides smoothly through tame waters, a gargantuan hulk that seems impossible for nature to sink, and we know the disaster is going to be that much worse when it slams us with the full fury of the natural world scorned. At the height of the ship's regal prime, we stare dozens of stories down from its balconies into the mysterious black ocean and feel a little fear for the power of waves that can rise hundreds of feet from the depths to obliterate the stoutest vehicle made by man. We uneasily imagine freakish creatures lurking below the opaque surface: razor-toothed, electrified, and separated from their human prey only by the marine steel of the floating hotel that carries them. The rich won't maintain their elevated station forever, we sense from the opening of this novel. Nature will pull an equalizer sooner or later, and when it does, its wrath will spare no one.When a teacher hooks Shy Espinoza up with summer employment on a cruise ship to bank some cash for future college expenses, he's all for it, though he feels guilty leaving his family in their time of grief. Shy's grandmother just succumbed to a fast-acting virus known as Romero Disease, a vicious plague that bloodies victims and robs them of their rational mind before killing them a day or two after symptoms appear. Shy figures that for the duration of the cruise he won't have to dwell on what Romero Disease cost his family, until he meets Carmen, a fellow teen employee who recently lost her father to the same cruel malady. Their shared ordeal brings them together as close friends, and Shy, at least, feels more for Carmen than friendship, though his bad luck is far from over. On Shy's first voyage, a VIP passenger leaps from the highest deck to the ocean dozens of stories below. Shy restrains him for a moment when he sees the man attempting suicide, but his girth is too much for Shy to support until reinforcements arrive, and he tumbles to his death in the choppy waters. Investigators easily conclude that Shy bears no culpability in the suicide, but he isn't finished answering questions about the incident. After Shy's friend Kyle, a tenured staff member on the cruise liner, pulls Shy aside to alert him there's a man in a black suit on the ship asking questions about him, Shy grows uneasy. The authorities got all the information out of him that he considered pertinent, but the jumper told him more than he's shared. The man rambled on about being the face of corruption and implied he'd personally wronged Shy, but Shy had never met him. Now he's wondering if the VIP was involved in something illegal that has other powerful individuals concerned he may have told Shy too much before ending his own life, and Shy has enough troubles without getting caught in a web of corporate crime. His relationship with Carmen has been tenuous since the night Shy gave in a little too much to his attraction to her and she initially responded in kind before shrinking away from the heat of passion, stricken at the thought of betraying her fiancé back home. Now Carmen hesitates to hang around Shy, and he has to rebuild the bridge. He'd be miserable if Carmen gave him the cold shoulder under ordinary circumstances, but with the man in the black suit stalking him, he needs her support more than ever. When Shy's fun-loving roommate, Rodney, calls him to their cabin to see that someone broke in and ransacked the place while they were both on duty, Shy's dread weighs even more heavily. Something serious is up with the black-suited man, and it could be dangerous for Shy and his friends. He seeks refuge with Carmen, trying to persuade her to give their friendship another go, but she's still wary that spending time with Shy could compromise her engagement. Even veteran crew members appear unnerved when reports of a whopping storm hit the wire. The ship's emcee informs its patrons of precautionary measures to minimize the storm's impact, including temporarily closing all outdoor decks and evacuating large interior dining areas. Passengers will be safest tucked away in their cabins when the monster squall descends on the big boat. Shy and the other employees aren't afforded that luxury; they're responsible for shutting down the decks and securing anything that could get blown off the ship, and Shy can see on the horizon as he battens down the figurative hatches that the maelstrom is a huge one. But the cruise liner's prognosis isn't called into question until radio bulletins from the West Coast report an earthquake the size of which the United States has never seen. The Big One has arrived, and its rage is absolute. The coast is in ruins, major cities such as Los Angeles and Seattle practically razed to the ground. Wildfires are torching California, Washington, and Oregon, and Romero Disease has reared its gory head to infect thousands of new patients. The death toll is estimated at more than a million. Shy's family lives right outside San Diego, and Carmen's isn't far away. Most of the crew and passengers are from the West Coast, and none of them know if their loved ones are alive. The worst effect of the unprecedented earthquake is the unreal tsunamis it's triggered, walls of salt water rising hundreds of feet as they gain momentum over the ocean...headed directly for the cruise liner. Watching the monstrous sea climb from its bed and overtake the ship is a terror Shy won't forget the rest of his life, however long that lasts. The hardiest ship made by man is no match for the ocean gone mad, homicidal waves destroying every vestige of the ship's protection and instantly slaying the unprepared. Life has reverted to man versus nature, challenging the resourceful to figure a way to continue breathing through the next minute. The ocean has many ways to murder a man, allowing no opportunity for the petty prejudices and grudges people form under ordinary circumstances. To make it through this disaster, enemies have to pull together as the roiling seas buffet them and lightning slices the water all around, a cosmic death lottery ready to send a billion volts into the loser. Not dying is the survivors' only goal, but secrets are still at work behind the canvas, waiting to seize control again should anyone withstand the tsunami and its aftermath. Not every survivor deserves to live, and not everyone who endures the storm will outlast the stunning duplicity of evil humans, motivated by greed and the desire to elude punishment for their lawlessness. Whose lungs will still draw breath by page three hundred eight of this book, alive to contend again with forces natural and contrived in the concluding volume?What makes The Living special is the intelligent intricacy of its connections. The smallest snatch of overheard conversation between two ostensibly unimportant parties can turn out to be significant later, as storylines crisscross and the complexity of the big picture clarifies. Matt de la Peña concocts story surprises with impressive creativity, and pulls it all together with some of the most effective atmospheric writing I've read in a YA novel this side of Patrick Ness, Neal Shusterman, John Green, and Alexander Gordon Smith. The feeling can't be adequately conveyed in a review; you have to pick up the book and experience it yourself, but you'll soon see what I'm talking about as the narrative pulls you in and picks up speed like a runaway railcar moving too quickly for you to jump off. Matt de la Peña's talent is obvious, and he gets the most out of it in The Living. Besides the torrid pace of the action and unforeseen twists the plot takes, the writing demonstrates the emotional depth and wisdom of a Newbery Medal author, digging deeper into the cataclysmic situation to mine useful thoughts for when one is faced with crisis in real life. Shy is as panicked as anyone when the tsunami bowls over the ship like a professional football linebacker crushing a five-year-old, but the cruise service is paying him a good wage to look after its passengers even under dire circumstances, and Shy is ready to come through for them. He discovers as he shifts focus from his own impending mortality to assuaging the fears of customers that thinking first of others calms him, too. It's a way of retaining a small measure of control amidst bedlam. After reuniting a tearful kid with his distraught mother, "Shy decided something: This was what he had to do. Help people. Because when he helped people, he didn't try to guess what was happening and he didn't worry. He just acted." I've rarely heard better advice. When we brood over our own concerns in life, they can eat us alive, stress munching our insides like a killer shark. It eases the mind to focus instead on soothing the ills and anxieties of others, pouring our energy into helping them feel better. By genuinely thinking first of them we build stronger relationships than normal, and attain higher perspective on the travails that torment us. However dramatic or mundane your affliction, there's no elixir for what ails you like caring for others.Disaster beyond the scale of what we think possible is an absolute equalizer among human beings. We construct fences and bow to invisible class distinctions that divide us from one another in society, but a ravenous tsunami can wipe them out and send us back to start on life's game board. Shy considers this when he winds up sharing an emergency boat with an oil tycoon whose puffed-up demeanor has shrunk now that the most precious things in his life are gone and he's as vulnerable to death as Shy. "Maybe that's what a nasty shark bite did, Shy thought. It stripped away all the arrogant thoughts people had about themselves." When the shark is large and savage enough to do you real damage, the lofty towers you've built no longer seem as stable as you deluded yourself into believing. We're all frail humans prone to error, wrongdoing, pain, and death, and no amount of prestige is a get-out-of-jail-free card to the human condition. A gory shark bite, literal or metaphorical, changes our perspective in a flash."It all came down to this. The darkness. The loneliness. The mystery. The fact that everyone's days were numbered, and it didn't matter if you were in premier class or worked in housekeeping. Those were only costumes people wore. And once you stripped them away you saw the truth. This giant ocean and this dark pressing sky. We only have a few minutes, but the unexplainable world is constant and forever marching forward." —The Living, P. 196 Shy has a hard time maintaining appropriate distance from Carmen; he wants to respect the boundaries of her betrothal, but what he feels for her makes that difficult. How do you restrain yourself from being close to the one you love, the one you wish you were promised to wed? This is one of several scenarios in which Shy struggles to do right by others, but being worthy of your beloved can mean acting gallantly when you'd rather be a no-good pirate. A dying ship passenger who lost his own beloved reminds Shy in his final hours that glamor and riches only go so far in impressing a girl; if you haven't won her heart, you've earned nothing of lasting value. "'Be the right person,' he said. 'Gifts are more meaningful when they come from the right person.'" Relationships are no less complicated in the wake of brutal natural catastrophe, Shy discovers. But disaster can clear up our feelings and show us what we must do to be the right person for those we love.The Living isn't much like the legendary 1997 motion picture Titanic, but the stories share an unfailing respect for the enigmas of the ocean, a magical sense of the sea's power to effortlessly alter the course of human lives. I could almost hear James Horner's haunting musical score in the background as I read, the writing so evokes the vast majesty of the impregnable sea. At no time is this more evident than when Shy is stranded in the middle of the agitated ocean extending to the horizon in every direction, seemingly infinite. "And as his mind continued drifting away from his body, he had one final realization. The world itself was alive, too. It swirled around you and sped past your eyes and ears, so fast you could never see it, but slow at the same time, like a tree growing taller in a park. And all the sounds you heard—the wind whipping past your ears and the ocean's whispering and the trickle of whitecaps against your boat—that was the earth's blood pumping through imperceptible veins, and some of those veins were nothing more than people". Matt de la Peña's facility with words is enchanting, a huge part of how he was able to spin this promising story concept into literary gold. Not many could have done it so well.Ubiquitous use of foul language renders The Living questionable reading material for younger kids, but it's such a strong novel that if you can ignore adult language, you should give it a read. Matt de la Peña won his Newbery Medal for a picture book, but The Living proves he knows what he's doing as a novelist. It's arguably even better than Last Stop on Market Street, which I loved. The cover blurb is from James Dashner, and I can see why he was selected: their writing styles are similar in certain respects, but different enough that they can admire each other's work without the praise suggesting narcissistic satisfaction with their own writing. There's one more book to come with this cast of characters—The Hunted hit shelves in 2015—and I eagerly anticipate reentering their heart-pounding adventure. I'd probably give The Living three and a half stars, and if I wasn't sold on Matt de la Peña before, the mortgage on me as a loyal reader is now paid off in full. I can hardly wait to find out where this storytelling superstar will take me next.

  • Kirsten
    2019-05-13 07:31

    Every now and then I venture out of my comfort zone into something new and foreign--this time it was teenage action, gore and suspense. Shy (the main character's nickname) gets a job on an exclusive cruise ship thinking it's a great summer job. On his first cruise, a distraught man jumps overboard. On his second cruise, the ship is obliterated by a number of tsunamis created by an earthquake that has devastated the entire Western coastline of North America. (Yes, it was a big one.) He finds himself floating in a wrecked life boat with the snobby rich girl whose father may have caused even more death and destruction with his shady "pharmaceuticals" company. Lots of floating dead bodies, sickening stench, blood red eyes and vomit, with a little bit of romance. Well written and a page turner, just not my favorite genre.

  • Kim
    2019-05-12 08:53

    This is a rounded up 3. I can’t quite say I honestly liked this but it was much closer than a 2.5. Geez, book ratings can be funny like that. Anyway!I wrote a fair amount of thoughts on this before I realized that most of what I have to say all comes down to one problem:I thought this was purely survivalist fiction. It’s not.That’s what I was looking forward to and expecting. In reality, this is a mystery/conspiracy/medical thriller with an incidental disaster thrown in. That might sound all well and good to you but it is not really my thing. Looking at the GR description I still don’t see anything that would lend me to believe this is anything other than survivalist. You must imagine my confusion when by 40% the disaster had yet to happen! I like my catastrophes early on and I like them brutal, okay?So, had I known this was a story about corporate greed, unimaginable corruption and the character’s fight to uncover the conspirator’s plot I most likely would have skipped this. Thus, my criticisms on the story don’t have much weight. This just simply isn’t my type of book. I leave this review here as a fair warning to anyone else who, like me, is signing up only for the survival portion. The strength of the plot and story is somewhat out of my purview this time, unfortunately. It was a disorienting reading experience because of my initial confusion. It doesn’t seem fair to comment on such. I’m sorry I can’t be more helpful about the actual book.I do have some other thoughts, though.This isn’t necessarily for me but I am so, so glad it exists. I am always thrilled to see POC protagonists in YA. I wish there were tons of them. Shy’s background, race, and economic status are ever present in the background, and sometimes forefront, of his thoughts. His interactions with the obliviously wealthy passengers is both cringeworthy and heartbreaking. They exude superiority and casual racism and it is painful, but I think important, to see.Here’s what the author said recently in an interviewThis time I brought my characters to the conflict, which was waiting for them on the deck of a luxury cruise ship. Why do this? I wanted to see if middle class suburban readers would be more likely to read about working class, “multicultural” characters if the book wasn’t set in the barrio. My goal was to try and make Shy, a half-Mexican kid from a border town, the star of a “bigger” book. Because I think characters of color need to make that leap. (Some already have, I know. But there needs to be more.) I want kids like Cory to not only see themselves in books, but to see themselves in books read by everyone, even students in the fancy private school on the other side of town. How’s that for validation? Watching a kid who seemingly has it all read about you.Yes, yes, and yes.I hope those who are inclined to pick up this type of story do so. I hope young POC readers pick it up and delight in being able to identify so strongly with the protagonist of a book. I hope non-POC readers pick it up and that Shy’s perspective and experiences gives them food for thoughtThis not-quite-review-random-thought-assortment can also be found on my blog

  • Andrew Hicks
    2019-04-30 05:48

    The best thing about The Living, to me, was the illusion I created for myself that it was going to be a standalone book. There was a juggling act of plot threads, mysterious characters and natural disasters, and I was excited to see how author Matt de la Pena would resolve all of it in the span of 300 pages. The answer, of course, was that he wasn’t going to, but the anticipation propelled me through the book. And even with some loose ends untied, it was still a satisfying read. I’ll check out the sequel - the first one, anyway.The setting for the first act is a cruise ship, which for me conjured memories of The Poseidon Adventure and Speed 2, both steaming piles of scripted crap. But I also thought of two 7-day cruises I went on in my mid-twenties. There was an appeal to being on a floating party city full of strangers of every possible geographic and socioeconomic background, but there’s also that dark, lurking possibility that things could go horribly wrong with no civilization for a hundred miles in any direction.The main character is Shy, a Mexican-American kid working the ship as his summer job. At home, he just lost his grandma to a new spreading super-plague called Romero Disease*. On the ship, Shy’s biggest problem is he saw a rambling, depressed businessman with a comb-over jump to his death during last week’s cruise. (Different people cope with the humiliation of losing the limbo contest in different ways, after all.) Now there’s a suit-wearing mystery man watching, wanting to ask him questions. On top of it all, there’s a girl, Carmen, working the ship - and she’s so damn beautiful and so damn engaged.In short order, there’s a huge earthquake, a nasty storm, a tsunami, another tsunami, a sinking ship, a fire, and then the whole survival thing starts. All this is revealed on the outer book jacket, so you know it’s coming, and if you’re a dystopian YA hobbyist like me, you’ve read other stuff like it, and it all still works out just fine. The storyline, as it continues toward its big reveal, is fairly obviously mapped out. It was easy for me to piece together “the twist” before the Fallacy of the Talking Killer segment finally arrived.The Living is not genius, and it’s definitely not high art, but I liked the combination of cruise ship, class war, intrigue, disaster, and even the everydayness of the little moments. This book was [pun]no disaster[/pun].* = Which, I’m a dork, but I pictured Romero Disease leaving its victims’ faces looking like the Joker on the ‘60s Batman TV show. You know, Cesar Romero as the Joker - green wig, ghastly red grin, mustache left unshaven under white grease paint that rubs off on the collar off his purple suit coat.

  • Ericson
    2019-05-18 08:53

    The Living by Matt de la Pena was AMAZING! (SPOILER ALERT)When Shy first met Addison, or Addie, I felt bad for Shy and then he got stuck on the raft with her after the tsunami I was NOT wanting to be Shy. I also was kind of nervous when he could not find Carmen and found Kevin with blood coming out of his forehead "like a fountain". This book reminds me of the Legend series where the main character has a horrible past. The end of this book confused me slightly when Shy was trying to get medicine for Rodney even though Carmen showed Shy that he was dead and why the LasoTech people tried to kill everyone. I would like to know more about Shoeshine's past but I am assuming that will be in the second book, The Hunted. Other than that, it was a great book and I highly suggest it to people who enjoyed the I am Number Four or Legend series unless you have a weak stomach... lots of blood and gore in the beginning of the main part.

  • Wally
    2019-05-23 02:31

    After his grandmother’s death from a mysterious illness, Shy and his mother need money. Shy’s takes a job on a cruise ship to help pay her medical bills. One night Shy sees a man climbing over the ship’s railing. Shy tries to stop him from jumping, but after after a short conversation the man apologizes for betraying Shy and throws himself overboard. Then things get weird: someone on board is determined to find out what the man revealed in the last moments of his life and the old shoeshine man seems to be protecting Shy. (The mystery is only revealed after a massive earthquake and a series of tsunamis.)I liked the conflict between classes here and am interested to see how it develops in the sequels.

  • Lastik
    2019-05-04 07:42

    un libro nuevo entre tantas novelas juveniles que poco tiene para destacar. Nada novedoso ni en trama ni en personajes. Me hubiera parecido mejor que todo se hubiera terminado con el hundimiento o todos infectados con la pandemia, que es lo único distinto a otras novelas. Aunque era como ver una película de catástrofes todas metidas en una coctelera y esparcidas por las páginas de un libro.Más sobre mi opinión de este libro en la reseña del bloghttp://almalectora.blogspot.com.es/20...