Book two in Gordon Korman’s Everest trilogy.
This is it. All of the heartache and preparation that Dominic Alexis and his three comrades underwent at SummitQuest bootcamp has reached its culmination – they are headed for the top of Mount Everest!
Of course, it’s not as simple as that sounds – first they have to fly to Nepal, then trek to the actual mountain, then spend time encamping at different levels on the mountain so their lungs can acclimate to the altitude.
Dominic, being the youngest team member, struggles the most as the team heads from one camp to the next. Will he be able to hold out? Or has he come all this way for nothing?
Like I said in my review of the first book in this trilogy, the premise of Everest is a tad far-fetched. Four teenagers are chosen to summit the world’s highest peak as a type of publicity stunt. They are in this for the long – and ugly haul. At every hand they defy death – and occasionally thumb their noses at it.
Despite the contrived nature of the scenario, I still enjoyed the story. The protagonists, though not yet adults, still have to deal with adult problems and perform at an adult level. They have to push themselves to their physical – and mental – limit. Climbing Everest isn’t a trip to the therapists; it’s life changing.
When the climbers first arrive in Nepal, Dominic goes to a Buddhist temple to spin a praying wheel – in his mind, he’s willing to try for any help he can get. He is interrupted, however, before actually spinning the wheel. Later, a monk tells Dom that he has seen a vision of him with shiny silver coils all around him. This vision “comes true”. When stuck in a hard spot, Dom makes a wish to his afore mentioned vial of Dead Sea sand.
Two boys dress up in a yeti costume and scare the rest of the team members. One reference to Halloween and another to The Terminator.
The climbers come upon a dead body in chapter nineteen – it’s briefly described.
There are several references to the rear end.
‘God’ is used three times as an exclamation and ‘darn’ is used once.
Conclusion. An interesting segue in the trilogy. Read my review of book one here.
Review © 2014 Laura Verret