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Deadfall
2018
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Twin brothers Ty and Cory Bic are on the run. When they encounter a dying deer in the middle of a remote mountain road with fresh tire tracks swerving down into a ravine, they know they have to help. But when they reach the wrecked car the vehicle appears empty, with signs that the driver escaped. <br> Until they hear a sound coming from the trunk. <br> Ty and Cory are escaping demons of their own. But what they discover in the trunk puts them in the crosshairs of something darker and more sinister than their wildest nightmares. <br> Told through a gripping, lightning-fast narrative that alternates between present and past, this unputdownable survival thriller unravels the tangled circumstances that led Ty and Cory to the deer in the road and set them on a perilous course through the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest.
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  School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Twins Cory and Ty Bic have stolen a car and are on the run through the wilderness in Oregon. After stopping to investigate deer lying in the middle of a mountain road, they discover fresh tire tracks that go off-road into a ravine. When they reach the wrecked car to investigate, they hear sounds coming from the trunk and no driver in sight. Despite the danger following the brothers, they decide to open the trunk only to find a girl handcuffed, blindfolded, and badly hurt-and someone (presumably the driver of the car) is hunting them. In chapters that alternate between the past and the present, readers will learn about the troubles in the boys' pasts and the current dangers they must endure. This wilderness survival story covers topics of drugs, child abuse, and sex trafficking. Readers will get caught up with the characters and harrowing situation, but extensive dialogue could bog reluctant readers down. VERDICT Recommended for most collections.-Terri Lent, Patrick Henry High School, Ashland, VA © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

In a stolen Volvo on a lonely stretch of treacherous road, twin brothers Ty and Cory pull over to avoid hitting a dying deer. The deer leads them to a car wrecked in the canyon below, the driver gone but when they find a girl, tied and injured in the trunk, they're thrown into a strained and dangerous situation. But 16 months ago, circumstances set Ty and Cory onto a dire path of their own. Since then, they've been paying for their father's crimes, while trying to carve out a future for themselves, and in the woods now, everything is more connected than it seems, and it's all coming to a head. Chapters alternate between the third-person past narration and the present, told in Cory's tense, first-person voice. The busy story lines of the past-tense chapters contrast sharply with the urgent, single-minded present-day scenes, where survival is the goal, but the alternation keeps things moving, and sweet, good-natured Cory is easy to root for. A suspenseful thriller for fans of wilderness survival stories.--Maggie Reagan Copyright 2018 Booklist
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