Saturday, November 10, 2012

Ten [McNeill]

Book: Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeill

Review: Ten teens are at a house party on a remote island near Seattle. Things quickly turn from fun to freaky when people start dying. Are they suicides? Accidents? Could someone be stalking the teens or is one of them responsible for the deaths? Tensions rise as a huge storm rages outside the house and they try to figure out why they are being targeted.

This is a modern, YA remake of Agatha Christie's 'And Then There Were None.' Readers of this blog know I'm a HUGE Christie fan (although that book hasn't been reviewed here, I have read it and LOVE it) so I was excited to read this. McNeill did a great job creating the scene: a huge, isolated house, complete with a raging storm outside. She also did a great job dealing with modern technology-in this day of cell phones, internet, etc., I suspected it would be difficult to completely disconnect these teens but she did a good job. While most of the characters were extremely unlikable (it's bad when you think 'good riddance' when some people die) and I think it would be easy to figure out a huge part of the mystery without reading the original, overall, this was a super fun read. 

Grade: 4/5

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