Big Game by Dan Smith
Published by Chicken House Ltd
Impossible to put down!
Be prepared for torchlight under blankets well after bedtime with this one.
From the BIG striking cover design to the satisfying conclusion, Dan Smith's Big Game is a thrilling coming of age novel bursting with action and suspense. As thirteen year old Oskari ventures deep into the Finnish woods to complete his initiation into manhood, he is suddenly thrown into a life and death battle to save not only himself, but the president of the United States who has been shot down by unknown assassins.
Oskari not only has to face terrifying criminals and the natural dangers of the wild but probably more importantly the changes in his family and his lack of faith in his own abilities. As he and the president draw courage from each other, Oskari finds that the most powerful man in the world has his own doubts and fears with which to contend, regarding the betrayal of those he trusted.
What I most love about this book is the way Smith has seamlessly and intricately intertwine the descriptions of landscape, action, and character. The writing is so skillful that the reader is blissfully unaware of whether he/she is discovering more about characters or the setting as they are caught up in the action-packed plot.
In my opinion, Big Game sits right on the cusp of Middle Grade and Young Adult as there is quite a lot of violence, however, with a 13 yr old protagonist I would find it difficult to place squarely in YA.
Recommended for mature 10/11 year olds and for 12-15 yrs
In this fast paced paperback novel, Oskari truly becomes both a hero and a man, not because of any ordinary hunting expedition but because of his hunt for knowledge, self-awareness, and pride.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Dan Smith
Title: Big Game
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Published: January 2015