Quick Book Review: POD by Stephen Wallenfels

POD by Stephen Wallenfels

This YA novel focuses on Josh (15) in Prosser, Washington and Megs (12) in LA, California. Both are seriously affected (as is the rest of their community) when a large number of black balls appear in the sky and just hang there, zapping away anyone out in the streets. They are obviously alien balls, but no one knows why they are there and what happens to the people that are zapped away.

Josh is at home with his father (his mother is on a business trip) and they ration their food so they can survive as long as possible. Megs, on the other hand, is in a hotel parking garage where she was told to wait when her mother went off on a job interview. But then the balls appeared and her mother never came back. Megs is one of the very few people in the parking area and survives on bits of food she finds in other cars. But there are some dangerous men around, who seem to have taken hostage everyone in the hotel . To survive, Megs will have to try and get into the hotel without them finding her.

The book is vague about the balls but does discuss (lightly) whether it’s better to give up on life than to wait until you die from hunger. It also shows what young people (like Megs) can achieve if they really have to. Megs was obviously quite young and unsure about her situation. In some cases she saw dead people in their cars and decided not to steal from them, in case they needed it themselves (!). Also, she was expecting her mother back and would not accept any other outcome.

It was a good read but could have gone a little further exploring certain themes. My boys (13 and 15) loved the book.

Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Number of pages: 286 (Dutch translation)

First published: 2009

I got this book: from the library for my sons (13 and 15), and they loved it, so I read it, too

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About Leeswammes
I'm owner and editor at bookhelpline.com. In my free time, I read and review books on my two blogs, Leeswammes' Blog and De Boekblogger.

2 Responses to Quick Book Review: POD by Stephen Wallenfels

  1. Tesney Ap says:

    I think I will really love this book…. mysterious and aliens 🙂

  2. Trisha says:

    Interesting premise, but I’m a bit worried about the seeming lack of depth.

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