The Living

by | Read by Henry Leyva

Published by Brilliance Audio

Shy takes the summer job to make some money. A few months on a luxury cruise liner—how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two…there’s always going to be a fresh crop of passengers, after all. He’ll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom with the bills. But then an earthquake more massive than any ever recorded hits California, and Shy’s life is changed forever. The earthquake is only the beginning. Twenty-four hours and a catastrophic chain of events later, Shy is lost at sea, fighting to survive—and stuck with her. She’s blond and she’s rich, and never in her life would she have dreamed she’d be adrift in the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by death and completely dependent on a guy like Shy. And Shy hasn’t even faced the worst yet.

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AudioFile Review

The Living

De la Peña’s apocalyptic adventure story, which starts off on a cruise ship and ends with a tsunami on a disease-ravaged island, will have listeners hanging on for dear life. As Shy, a Mexican-American crew member, reels from one disaster to the next, narrator Henry Leyva excels at dialogue. He brings to life the voices of the crew and passengers aboard the luxury liner, highlighting for listeners de la Peña’s provocative exploration of class tensions and making them care when lives are lost. Everyone from Shy’s Mexican grandmother to a spoiled rich kid to Shy’s fellow crew members gets his or her own distinct treatment, adding dimension to this fast-paced story. Listeners will find Leyva's plain-spoken, likable Shy especially engaging. J.C.G. SYNC 2015 © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

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