Silver by Chris Wooding Silver is about a virus-like infection that spreads throughout a secluded boarding school. The infection spreads through all living and breathing animals by getting into their bloodstream, meaning they get bitten or cut. Spreading from insects, wild animals, and finally to humans, the last few dozen people barricade themselves inside the school. As the infection takes person by person, the innovated children ages 11-16 find new ways to defend themselves. The story is told by five of the oldest children, which adds new dimension to the story.
I enjoyed this book. I think the best part of it was how each chapter was told by a different character, so you saw everyone’s view points and their personal struggles. The situation was really tight, and it had me on the edge of my seat, which made it really interesting. The fact that the characters knew that eventually the virus would affect the whole world, and that they were safe for only a while, made the whole story brave but depressing. The writing style was engrossing, and I felt like I was actually there.
One memorable thing was how the characters transformed into smarter, braver versions of themselves. How they took the things they were good at and amplified them into things they could use.
Reviewed by Ria, grade 6, Twin Hickory Area Library