I have always been interested in books like this. Books about natural disasters, either fiction or non-fiction. So I was eager to read it when I spotted it at the Boekenfestijn.
Sadly, the book first starts off very slow. I was annoyed with Dylan (what a terrible character, even after things I still didn’t quite like him), I didn’t quite like the mom, it seemed a bit boring. But then things got shaken up and my interest jumped back. Everything suddenly turned for the worst, and there was a lot of excitement and scary moment. Though I was a bit worried that they wouldn’t leave the overpass (I get why they were there, and that they don’t want to move from it, but I just wanted to see more of the city and know if their families were all right), but eventually they did, making the book even more haunting as we could see the destruction throughout the city.
And what a destruction. Houses broken down, houses missing pieces, trees uprooted, gas leaks, fires, and more. I was hoping the kids would reach their homes safely, given all the aftershocks they went through.
I also did like that one of them filmed most of the earthquake and the trip home.
The ending was really nice, and I had to blink away a few tears when reunions happened.
I am not too sure how I feel about the mom. I get her point, he may be too young, but if you need to go home to change your other kid’s diaper… maybe just don’t shout that out loud? Maybe just ask your kid to come to you so you can tell him quietly. She didn’t even seem to care that he was the laughingstock after what she said. 😐 Also please moms, don’t shout cutesy names to your kids. It is embarrassing.
All in all, I would recommend this book. And I will also see if I can find the Tornado books as I want that one as well.