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. Volume XVII Number 3. . . .September 17, 2010
Byron has been exploring caves since he was a kid, a family pastime that he shares with his father and older brother Jesse. Byron loves nothing more than to descend into the dark depths and test his limits. When Jesse invites Byron on a weekend camping and caving expedition, Byron couldnít be more thrilled. A little nervous about going without the wise guidance of his experienced father, Byron is confident in his older brotherís common sense to see them through safely. Joining them for the weekend is Jesseís sketchy university roommate, Cole, who is a caver himself, and Jesseís girlfriend, Michelle, who is an experienced rock climber. For Byron, the weekend starts off strangely when Cole insists they drive by a ďfriendísĒ house before heading out into the wilderness. When they come upon a house that is surrounded by police officers, Cole becomes tense, and they leave the scene immediately. Michelle, who has never liked Cole and who is convinced that he is somehow involved in illegal activity, senses that Cole is up to no good, and there is a solid mystery subplot in the novel where Byron and Michelle try to figure out what Cole has done.
When the three adventurers reach the cave they were supposed to enter and find it caved in, Byron discovers an entrance to an uncharted and undiscovered cave. After discussing the risks, Byron and his companions decided to press forward and explore the new cave. Things go well at first with only a few thrilling mishaps that couldíve ended much worse. Byron, Michelle, and Cole make it through those alive and relatively unscathed, but when Coleís sinister past reveals itself and their caving expedition turns deadly, it is up to Byron to save his brother and Michelle. Testing the limits of his fears, self doubts, and caving skills, Byron forces himself to press onward or risk losing his brother forever.
Amy Dawley is the teen librarian at the Prince George Public Library in Prince George, BC.
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