This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
I just finished reading Survivor Max: Too Smart to Die by Davi Barker. The story starts out when Max, an 11 year old boy, finds himself in a school lockdown. He escapes and runs home, only to find that his father who was researching the disease, has already fallen victim to the “plague.” His apartment complex is overrun with the infected who feed on humans, whom he calls “lamebrains.” Max must use his wits to to survive, using his Porcupine Freedom Scouts training, knowledge of science and scavenged supplies.
The story is very fast paced, and once you start, is very hard to put down. Max is a very capable and likeable character. The story is fast paced and enjoyable to read. Max does seem a lot older than his 11 years – he knew a lot more than your average middle school child, but this did not detract from the story.
I also liked that Max lived in an apartment complex and the book showed how quickly things can get much worse in a multi-family dwelling. Max does a good job gathering his resources and rigging up contraptions to foil the “lamebrains” and escape. The story imparts a great lesson that having skills and a preparedness mindset are essential to survival. I think the book would be enjoyable for both younger (age 9 and up) and older readers. I recommend Survivor Max as a fun summer read.
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