Published July 26th 2016 by Feiwel & Friends
Sarah Robinson and her family are shipwrecked on a remote and mysterious island. Their food is scarce and there's no sign of rescue. They have seen strange creatures, rescued a mysterious girl, and found The Curator, who has captured Sarah's father and stepbrother to use in a bizarre time-travel experiment. And then the only man who knows about the island comes back--he's looking for buried treasure and won't leave without it, even if it means leaving the Robinsons stranded. Sarah knows an important key to finding the treasure, but will she keep it a secret?
(If you think I’m exaggerating? Read the first two books. You’ll get it.)
In Book 3, Bodeen picks up where she left off in Book 2, as Sarah begins to learn the true circumstances of the island. It’s actually a time-travel experiment of sorts, with intergalactic ramifications, quite literally.
Sarah just happens to be in a position to hold the key to making this work, but it’s not without a price…
I didn’t think Bodeen could make the world of the island any more fascinating, but she hits her stride in Trapped. Without giving spoilers away, she sketches out a complex, intergalactic world where extraterrestrials have come to Earth before, influencing culture and history.
Readers are encouraged to see the parallels between their alien world and our own, especially centered around resource scarcity and global warming. Bodeen manages to convey her messages via character development in a way that don’t overwhelm, while subsequently encouraging readers to consider just how the unraveling of the alien world may occur here.
The action culminates with choices and stand-offs that have the characters questioning just what they’re willing to do in the face of adversity – a timely discussion – and their bravery in the face of adversity. It’s a worthwhile conclusion, which will have people scrambling for the fourth book.
Highly recommend, full stop.