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May 28, 2012

Review: Memory Boy by Will Weaver

Title: Memory Boy
Author: Will Weaver
Paperback, 240 pgs
Published: March 18, 2003
Publisher:  HarperTrophy
Series: Memory Boy #1
URL: http://www.willweaverbooks.com/

A Family in Danger

Ash is still falling from the sky two years after a series of globally devastating volcanic eruptions. Sunlight is as scarce as food, and cities are becoming increasingly violent as people loot and kill in order to maintain their existence. Sixteen-year-old Miles Newell knows that the only chance his family has of surviving is to escape from their Minneapolis suburban home to their cabin in the woods, As the Newells travel the highways on Miles' supreme invention, the Ali Princess, they have high hopes for safety and peace. But as they venture deeper into the wilderness, they begin to realize that it's not only city folk who have changed for the worse.

Homework, girls, zits and an annoying sister; these are usually the biggest problems of a 16 year old boy.  That is usually the case, unless your name is Miles Newell, aka Memory Boy, and your family is attempting to get through the worlds largest natural disaster. 

In Will Weaver’s novel Memory Boy, a volcanic eruption has threatened the entire world.  Even two years since the initial eruption, volcanic ash is still falling.  Everyone wears masks for breathing, gas and food are running low, and now people are leaving their homes as violence begins to increase in and around big cities. 

Although this novel teeters on being about end of the world type natural disasters, Weaver’s message is much deeper.  This is a novel about how dependent man has become on technology, and what that could potentially mean for the future of humanity.  Memory Boy also looks into the relationship between family members.  What happens when a family, after 16 years, is forced to really work together, learn from each other, and actually take time to talk to one another? 

I enjoyed reading this novel.  It was short and to the point.  I enjoyed the fact that Weaver did not drag on the novel.  I think it could have used a bit more action, but the novel was able to keep me engaged throughout the read.  The ending of the novel really started to pick up energy, and I was sad when I realized the novel would have a sequel.  However, I started reading the sequel, The Survivors and cannot wait to review that novel next. 

I think this is a great read for anyone looking to pick up a short book that will keep you turning the pages.  I do not think you will be disappointed. 

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars!



  1. I'd never heard of this book before, but it looks like an interesting read. Thanks for the review!

  2. Ooh. This sounds interesting. This is also the first time I've heard of this book.

  3. This sounds like a good read, I also have never heard of this book, so thanks for introducing me to this one.

  4. This is a new author for me, but I have heard of this sequel. I'll definitely have to check this one out! Sounds promising.

  5. I haven't read anything by this author, but the premise sounds great. I loved how an environmental phenomenon causes the entire plot.

  6. Thanks for your honest review. Sounds like an interesting book.


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