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Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083

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Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083

The year is 2083, and television rules the world (even more so than in 2005). Kids don't go to school anymore; they stay home and watch EduTV for their education. At least until they are 14. Then the rich kids go on to high school and college, while the poor attempt to find a job, any job, though there isn't much available. They live in crowded shack towns and eat processed food chips with flavors like broccoli and chicken. Life is hard and bleak for these kids, with few comforts and fewer opportunities. The only possible happiness has to come from within (which everyone knows is where true happiness comes from anyway), because there's certainly not much pleasure otherwise. The poor kids do have one, very slim chance of getting to college and finding a good job, and that's through the scholarship lottery system. A very few get lucky; most don't.

So when a reality TV show offers 14-year-olds an opportunity at a big money prize, thousands jump at the chance to apply. "Historical Survivor" is a favorite program on EduTV. Contestants participate in recreated historical situations like the Civil War and The Alamo, right down to every dangerous detail, including the risk of injury and even death. This special teen edition puts five teenagers in Antarctica on a remake of Robert Scott's race to the South Pole in 1912.

Polly, Grace, Robert, Andrew and Billy all apply for different reasons, with different hopes and dreams. Each is chosen because of a specific and special talent he or she possesses. Then they ship out to the frozen and hostile world of Antarctica armed with the same supplies and equipment that Scott's expedition had back in 1912. Scott's men didn't survive. Will this group of 14-year-olds be able to?

Author Andrea White leads this page-turning adventure with creativity and excitement. She sprinkles in accurate and informative details with the story that will have readers learning a bit of history while having an awesome journey through their imagination.

Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on April 5, 2005

Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083
by Andrea White

  • Publication Date: April 1, 2005
  • Genres: Science Fiction
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • ISBN-10: 0060554541
  • ISBN-13: 9780060554545