Horizon

Horizon

When a plane crash-lands in the arctic, eight young survivors step from the wreckage expecting to see nothing but ice and snow. Instead they find themselves lost in a strange jungle with no way to get home and little hope of rescue. Food is running out. Water is scarce. And the jungle is full of threats unlike anything the survivors have ever seen before -- from razor-beak...

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Title:Horizon
Author:Scott Westerfeld
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ISBN:0545916771
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

Horizon Reviews

  • Chaitanya
    Nov 14, 2016

    This book was amazing! Reminiscent of the Hunger Games, but much much better.

    The characters are all well developed, and the story is very much omoshiroi (interesting!). The mix of Molly, Javi and Anna's science, and Yoshi's cool sword makes it all the more realistic.

    The gadgets, the knowledge give it just right balance of entertainment and learning.

    Like Oliver said in the book, this book doesn't sugarcoat everything.

    Looking forward to reading ALL the books in this series

  • Ms. Yingling
    Nov 09, 2016

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the treeline

    When the plane in which they are traveling is in a freak accident, a group of children are stranded in a rain forest. They are confused, though, because their plane was not traveling anywhere near a tropical climate. Even weirder is the fact that eight of them, as well as the plane, land in the forest, but the rest of the people (including the teacher of a group of them who are on their way to a robotics competition) are missing. Still, there is little time

    E ARC from Edelweiss Above the treeline

    When the plane in which they are traveling is in a freak accident, a group of children are stranded in a rain forest. They are confused, though, because their plane was not traveling anywhere near a tropical climate. Even weirder is the fact that eight of them, as well as the plane, land in the forest, but the rest of the people (including the teacher of a group of them who are on their way to a robotics competition) are missing. Still, there is little time to think about this as they attempt to survive in the wilderness. They find an antigravity machine that draws attack birds to their vicity, find food that isn't poisonous (after finding some things that are), and learn to get along with two girls who speak only Japanese. How will they figure out what has happened, and will they survive?

    Strengths: Great cover, decent adventure, and multicultural and effective ensemble cast. There is also an online game that goes along with this, which might attract some students. Seems to be available in jacketed hard cover, and part of a seven book series.

    Weaknesses: While the mystery and science portions of this were okay, the survival aspect wasn't terribly new. I would definitely buy this if it were a 3-5 book series, but seven? That's a big investment, and I'm just not sure about the appeal of this one. The gaming aspect has little impact on my students-- they've never gotten into the 39 Clues or the Trackers online platform.

    What I really think: Seven books. I am so entirely weary of series, I can't even begin to explain. At least this one is probably coming out in a short span of time, unlike books like Diane Duane's Young Wizards series which has been published from 1983-2016.

  • david y biblioflick
    Jan 23, 2017

    This is just cliché, I mean the first events talks about a plane crash (the foreshadowing, if you wanted to call it that) . . . and the characters is the usual kids, the samurai-wielding one, the leader, the science geek, the two non-English speakers, the not trusting-I-must-be-the-leader one . . . so enough of those ones and twos.

    This reminds me of Cage of Eden - which is manga NOT SUITABLE for children.

    So the kids are stranded in an unknown place - is it Ear

    This is just cliché, I mean the first events talks about a plane crash (the foreshadowing, if you wanted to call it that) . . . and the characters is the usual kids, the samurai-wielding one, the leader, the science geek, the two non-English speakers, the not trusting-I-must-be-the-leader one . . . so enough of those ones and twos.

    This reminds me of Cage of Eden - which is manga NOT SUITABLE for children.

    So the kids are stranded in an unknown place - is it Earth? or another planet? are they abducted by aliens? And a strange device appears that could change something - like gravity - in whatever place they are . . . and weird plants and animals, of course.

    And lastly, it seems that they are already found out (or somehow) where they are and were going somewhere already (but in the span of seven books until they get rescued? or something. . .). I hope this series won't be that draggy. (maybe after finding out where they are . . . they would battle whatever or whoever put them there in order for them to go back to Earth?) AND HOPEFULLY THERE WON'T BE A MOLE/SPY or whatever in the group - I mean 39 Clues, Spirit Animals, and Tombquest had a character like that.

  • Sarah
    Dec 17, 2016

    I received this ARC from Scholastic, not dependent on a review.

    I don't think that Westerfeld will ever disappoint.

    This is his debut middle-grade novel, but it comes across as one that can also entertain older YA readers or perhaps even a slightly younger audience.

    I was quite pleased to find that this book was not too cliché or predictable but rather enjoyable and a fast-paced read that stays intriguing throughout the entirety of the book.

    This will be a series similar to The 39 Clues series in

    I received this ARC from Scholastic, not dependent on a review.

    I don't think that Westerfeld will ever disappoint.

    This is his debut middle-grade novel, but it comes across as one that can also entertain older YA readers or perhaps even a slightly younger audience.

    I was quite pleased to find that this book was not too cliché or predictable but rather enjoyable and a fast-paced read that stays intriguing throughout the entirety of the book.

    This will be a series similar to The 39 Clues series in that there will be a different author for each book, but that also means they will come out more quickly with 2 released each year (in January and September) until January 2020 when the 7th and final book is released.

  • Starr
    Jan 13, 2017

    3.75 stars

    I was given a digital copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

    There are some things that you should know about this book before you start it. And that is what I am going to tell you. First thing is that this the first in a seven (7!) book series. While the entire series was outlined by Scott Westerfeld, he will not be writing all of the books. This series is written in the way that Spirit Animals, The 39 Clues and The Infinity Ring series was written. Another thing

    3.75 stars

    I was given a digital copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

    There are some things that you should know about this book before you start it. And that is what I am going to tell you. First thing is that this the first in a seven (7!) book series. While the entire series was outlined by Scott Westerfeld, he will not be writing all of the books. This series is written in the way that Spirit Animals, The 39 Clues and The Infinity Ring series was written. Another thing that you should know would be that this book reminded me a bit of Lord of the Flies and The Maze Runner, but with a gaming feel to it. Most importantly, and my biggest complaint, you need to know that this book does NOT have an ending. There was no resolutions, even though one of the major questions was answered, so much more was left untouched. This was a great survival story, and I did enjoy it. it was as realistic as it possibly could be given the circumstances. Characters get hurt and no one is guaranteed to make it to the next book alive. After their plane crashes and most of the passengers, including all of the adults, 8 kids are forced to come together in order to figure out what happened and to live through the ordeal. I did enjoy this book. And if it had a definite ending, I would have enjoyed it more and rated it higher. I was a little (okay a lot) irritated when I realized that there was no way a satisfactory ending was going to happen. Despite how well written the story was, and how well developed the characters were, I couldn't enjoy the rest of the story. Chances are, I won't continue with this series until the rest of the series is available.

  • Mrslabraden
    Dec 22, 2016

    Horizon is the debut middle grade novel for Scott Westerfeld, author of several young adult series including The Uglies. Horizon begins with a mysterious electrical force ripping the top off a plane causing it to crash in a jungle that seems to be located someplace in the arctic. The only survivors are a group of young people, many of whom were on their way to a robotics competition. The adults on the plane are missing, and are presumed to be dead, but with no bodies, it is hard for the kids to

    Horizon is the debut middle grade novel for Scott Westerfeld, author of several young adult series including The Uglies. Horizon begins with a mysterious electrical force ripping the top off a plane causing it to crash in a jungle that seems to be located someplace in the arctic. The only survivors are a group of young people, many of whom were on their way to a robotics competition. The adults on the plane are missing, and are presumed to be dead, but with no bodies, it is hard for the kids to be sure. Other strange things begin to happen almost immediately after the crash. The young people discover a device that suspends or increases gravity, and unique wildlife that includes birds that can shred human skin and a vine that purposely tries to kill its victims.

    Westerfeld has created an interesting world that seems to be a cross between the television series Lost and The Hunger Games. This first book in a purposed series of seven books to be published between 2017 and 2020, lays the foundation for the rest of what is to come. My only minor complaint is that there are so many characters that it is hard to get to know or care about any of them, especially since the perspective in the book jumps back and forth between characters. Otherwise this is a great beginning to a unique series that already makes it difficult to be patient for future installments to be published

  • Pam ☼Because Someone Must Be a Thorn☼ Tee
    Feb 14, 2017

    ~Review copy

    Scholastic and Westerfeld are a winning combination as both know their target audience. If you're a reader/fan of Westerfeld like I am, you know that his books run the gambit from more Middle School to more High School interest levels and writing style. Books like UGLIES I would say was full on Young Adult fic, whereas HORIZON tends more to Middle School plotting and character development.

    The story begins with a flight from the US to Japan. The core group of kids are there with their

    ~Review copy

    Scholastic and Westerfeld are a winning combination as both know their target audience. If you're a reader/fan of Westerfeld like I am, you know that his books run the gambit from more Middle School to more High School interest levels and writing style. Books like UGLIES I would say was full on Young Adult fic, whereas HORIZON tends more to Middle School plotting and character development.

    The story begins with a flight from the US to Japan. The core group of kids are there with their mentor and in the hold are their toaster shaped robots which they are taking to Japan so they can compete in a robotics contest. As the bookcover indicates, they never get there. The jet crashes and that's just the beginning of the weirdness. They were flying over the arctic. They slide out of the plane to find themselves in a jungle. They were with hundreds of other people on the jet. Now there's just a handful of kids on the ground.

    This looks like it might be a long series, so brace yourself; there are tons of questions and puzzles in this book and no answers. Westerfeld just delivers a great tease.

    HORIZON is a fast paced read. Adults with a little time on their hands will probably get through it in a night or a couple of days. There's adventure and some pretty good character development. If you have a young reader who likes scifi then put this on your list of books to recommend.

    *no reading level info available currently

  • Michelle
    Feb 18, 2017

    Plane crash....jungle.....selected few survive........weird / unexplained things happening.......... ohhhhhh....... it brought it all back.......... "Lost" (TV series).

    Ohhhhhhhh.....I will never get over 'Lost'. I loved 'Lost'. Really loved 'Lost'. But I will never get over the ending.......never get over the disappointment......never get over the confusion. I devoted years to following the series.......never missing an episode.....trying to untangle the more and more complicated storylines.....

    Plane crash....jungle.....selected few survive........weird / unexplained things happening.......... ohhhhhh....... it brought it all back.......... "Lost" (TV series).

    Ohhhhhhhh.....I will never get over 'Lost'. I loved 'Lost'. Really loved 'Lost'. But I will never get over the ending.......never get over the disappointment......never get over the confusion. I devoted years to following the series.......never missing an episode.....trying to untangle the more and more complicated storylines.......loving the characters.........their names roll off my tongue even now....all these years later.......ohhhhh, Jack......Sawyer, ohhhhhhhhh Charlie, Claire, Kate, oooooh Sayid, Sun, Jin.....ohhhhhh Hurley. This novel by Scott Westerfeld sent me off on a long Google search......once again trying to understand the ending and storyline to "Lost'.

    Oh, I read the sites of many, many fans and their explanations......people, years after the show finished, still trying to make sense if it.......some explanations even more complicated than the show........I looked at YouTube clips and their synopsis of 'Lost' in 3 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes...........but none of them ring true....none of them can explain everything..............except this......the thing I know in my heart to be true........the writers and producers got so carried away with the success of the show.........that they were (sob).......making it up as they went along........and (more sobbing) .....not everything could be / was explained ......not every piece of the puzzle would fit.......that there was actually half a jigsaw left over when the show finished!

    ..........Oh, the pain.........did I mention that I will never get over this !

    So.......how do I rate a book that did that to me.......I still feel the pain.

    None of the mid to upper level kids who read this will even know what 'Lost' was......lucky them I say. It's an exciting read. I love that the chapters are devoted to different characters. There is a lot to like about the book. It is not sophisticated fiction for children......not a literary prize winner.....but it's not aiming to be. Pure entertainment only.

    Ahhhhhh.....how long before my heart stops aching all over again!! Bl___y 'Lost'.

  • Dorine White
    Feb 19, 2017

    Our story begins with four youth on a trip to Japan to compete in a robotics tournament. Halfway through their flight, while above the Arctic, a strange force seizes the plane and rips the roof off. As blue lightning zips around, people are sucked out into nowhere and the plane then crashes into a jungle.

    Only eight people survive the crash, the rest of the 400 people have mysteriously disappeared. Besides our four robotics students are two Japanese sisters, a half Japanese/half American boy with

    Our story begins with four youth on a trip to Japan to compete in a robotics tournament. Halfway through their flight, while above the Arctic, a strange force seizes the plane and rips the roof off. As blue lightning zips around, people are sucked out into nowhere and the plane then crashes into a jungle.

    Only eight people survive the crash, the rest of the 400 people have mysteriously disappeared. Besides our four robotics students are two Japanese sisters, a half Japanese/half American boy with a samurai sword, and the oldest kid, Caleb.

    As the kids struggle to survive, they encounter bizarre plants, animals and red vegetation. Most believe they are on a spaceship or another planet, somehow transported mid flight, but Caleb believes they are still on Earth. The one solid clue they have is a strange cylinder with codes that makes gravity change. Could it be alien technology?

    My Thoughts-

    A fast paced middle-grade read that will have readers ripping through the pages to figure out what the heck is going on. At first I thought it was just a typical crash survival story, but that notion soon changed when the kids discovered two moons, one red and one green, hanging in the sky. Now that got my attention.

    Soon the kids are using the gravity device to hop/fly about the place and discover killer plants and scavenger birds. Their task to survive grows harder and one of them doesn't make it. Yikes! By this point I was fully vested in the story and really wanted to unravel the mystery. But, this is a series. Something I didn't realize when I picked up the book. So, the ending came and I was ready to keep going. Now I have to wait for the next book.

    In regards to our characters, each is well developed and full of specific personality. I enjoyed watching as the robotic students took to everything with thought and planning, while the other kids just went big and bold. There is a great dynamic amongst them, and I enjoyed that they all fit somewhat well together and there wasn't an evil tyrant (Lord of the Flies esque).

    Looks like this is going to be an action packed series for Scholastic and will eventually filter into Internet connections and reader involvement. 5 stars!

  • L-J Lacey
    Feb 28, 2017

    Action packed, suspenseful and inventive are words that i would use to describe Scott Westerfeld’s newest book, "Horizon".

    After a plane crashes in an alien jungle, eight kids are left to fend for themselves, battling alien creatures, finding mysterious technology and discovering the limits of reality.

    Scott has written a fantastic book where the characters seem to jump off the pages and become real. The ending of this book is a cliffhanger, because this is the beginning of an amazing, detailed se

    Action packed, suspenseful and inventive are words that i would use to describe Scott Westerfeld’s newest book, "Horizon".

    After a plane crashes in an alien jungle, eight kids are left to fend for themselves, battling alien creatures, finding mysterious technology and discovering the limits of reality.

    Scott has written a fantastic book where the characters seem to jump off the pages and become real. The ending of this book is a cliffhanger, because this is the beginning of an amazing, detailed series.

    I would recommend this book to anyone that is interested in adventure and survival stories with alien technology.

    Evan White (Book Club Member Extraordinaire)

    Independent Children's Bookshop