Run, Hide, Fight Back
Six teens must band together to survive after a shooting breaks out.When a deadly shooting breaks out in a Portland shopping mall, a diverse group of teens ends up trapped behind a store’s security shutter. To her own surprise, seventeen-year-old Miranda finds the others looking to her as their leader. But she’s hiding a big secret—and she’s not the only one. The group has only three choices—run, hide, or fight back. The wrong decision will have fatal consequences.

Run, Hide, Fight Back Details

TitleRun, Hide, Fight Back
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherHenry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-139781627795890
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Thriller

Run, Hide, Fight Back Review

  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    name any social issue that crossed the national stage in 2017 and i'll tell you how this book introduced it, discussed it, solved it, and put it away in the span of half a page.it's like a tag-yourself thing except for why this book is getting 2.5 stars.review to come / thanks to Macmillan for the ARC!
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  • Ivy
    January 1, 1970
    Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com...Since this book doesn't come out for a while, I hope it will go through some more revisions to tighten up the many parts of the book that felt messy. On the other hand, it was a really interesting book, and the plot was solid. Shootings are one of the biggest topics in America right now, and to explore how one would affect six teenagers is cool. I like most of the characters, but the MC, Miranda, has a confusing and convoluted history. I didn' Full review: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com...Since this book doesn't come out for a while, I hope it will go through some more revisions to tighten up the many parts of the book that felt messy. On the other hand, it was a really interesting book, and the plot was solid. Shootings are one of the biggest topics in America right now, and to explore how one would affect six teenagers is cool. I like most of the characters, but the MC, Miranda, has a confusing and convoluted history. I didn't really like her, and she seemed only there as an audience surrogate, never really doing anything. There was no happiness in this book, but it's definitely worth reading, even if you have to fight (ha) your way through it. Rating: three/fiveFor fans of: Realistic Thrillers, Books With Twists, Short But Snappy BooksFavorite quote:- “But stuff like that always happened to someone else. It would never happen to you.”
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  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    Received from Netgalley in exchange for an Honest Review. What I loved: Miranda...So typically female characters written as the damsels in distress. This girl...she found her strength and pushed herself through the whole thing. I loved that. What I liked: I liked that all the characters were a little imperfect, a little broken. Everyone had something they didn't want others to know. What I hated: Can't say I really hated anything. Overall: Well written, well researched...while I hate that the su Received from Netgalley in exchange for an Honest Review. What I loved: Miranda...So typically female characters written as the damsels in distress. This girl...she found her strength and pushed herself through the whole thing. I loved that. What I liked: I liked that all the characters were a little imperfect, a little broken. Everyone had something they didn't want others to know. What I hated: Can't say I really hated anything. Overall: Well written, well researched...while I hate that the subject matter has become our new normal, I think this book was great.
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  • Chrissie Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    When a mass shooting breaks out at a Portland mall, the people inside have three choices -- run, hide, or fight back...  And, since there are several shooters armed with semi-automatic weapons, the wrong choice will likely lead to death. When Amina decided to shut herself into the store where she worked, hoping that the metal security gate would provide enough protection, she didn't close herself in alone. There were six teens inside, and they would all have to work together to try and get out a When a mass shooting breaks out at a Portland mall, the people inside have three choices -- run, hide, or fight back...  And, since there are several shooters armed with semi-automatic weapons, the wrong choice will likely lead to death. When Amina decided to shut herself into the store where she worked, hoping that the metal security gate would provide enough protection, she didn't close herself in alone. There were six teens inside, and they would all have to work together to try and get out alive.It's a diverse group of teens, so I thought of this as kind of like The Breakfast Club written as a thriller.  And, I have to admit...  Although I loved how this story kept me on the edge of my seat, I am not sure I will be able to go into a shopping mall for a while.  (I thought No Safetly in Numbers was traumatizing at the time, but this is so much more realistic and terrifying.)Happy Reading!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book free of charge and am reviewing it voluntarily.I liked the idea of a group of teenagers fighting back against immediate danger, but this book contained very few surprises, and was fairly predictable. I read through to the end because I wanted to see who survived, but again, it was very anticlimactic. Maybe I'm just reading too many YA thrillers and becoming jaded, but I just wasn't terribly impressed. I'm giving three stars because I did read the entire book and there was so I received this book free of charge and am reviewing it voluntarily.I liked the idea of a group of teenagers fighting back against immediate danger, but this book contained very few surprises, and was fairly predictable. I read through to the end because I wanted to see who survived, but again, it was very anticlimactic. Maybe I'm just reading too many YA thrillers and becoming jaded, but I just wasn't terribly impressed. I'm giving three stars because I did read the entire book and there was some character growth.
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  • Angel
    January 1, 1970
    *I got an ARC from Macmillan/Henry Holt in exchange for an honest review*Not gonna lie, I'm going between 2 stars and 3 stars because it was good, kind of. Like, I liked it for the most part (I think), I just did not care for quite a few parts of it. If you want to read more specifically what I mean, you can read the rest of my review but it is entirely spoilers sooooo be warned: (view spoiler)[ so it played off stereotypes too much and I was not fond of that. The main characters were a Mexican *I got an ARC from Macmillan/Henry Holt in exchange for an honest review*Not gonna lie, I'm going between 2 stars and 3 stars because it was good, kind of. Like, I liked it for the most part (I think), I just did not care for quite a few parts of it. If you want to read more specifically what I mean, you can read the rest of my review but it is entirely spoilers sooooo be warned: (view spoiler)[ so it played off stereotypes too much and I was not fond of that. The main characters were a Mexican boy who wasn't living legally in the US, a hijabi Muslim girl, a racist & Islamophobic girl and guy (the latter of whom is also a huge conspiracy theorist) who seem to quickly realize they're wrong after talking it out and a boy who doesn't treat his younger sister right but, after a tragedy, realizes he's wrong for doing that. There is also a girl who has cancer but that's not a stereotype. And just all of them together and the big discussions of being defending themselves and explaining why they aren't living legally in the US, constantly discussing how people are so Islamophobic etc, all collectively seemed to be like just dumping diversity in for the sake of informing people about how they're wrong and thinking they're doing it right. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for better informing people but it just seemed so much and like it wasn't done well and all in all just made the book a little ugh. The good part though lied in how the book doesn't read like a fully normal book as the chapters are relatively short because the book is about a shooting and, if you're involved in one, everything feels fast-paced and slow-paced at the same time and I got that intensity through the book (which, tbh, overall the book made me feel a little uncomfortable for reading it because of the many shootings the US has gone through. on this later though).Another thing I didn't really care for or really understand I guess was why there were two POVs. I mean, in the beginning, you get POVs from all the teens pretty much but then it all just fades out to Parker and Miranda's POVs which confused at first because I expected the other characters' POVs to show up but then it only switched between Miranda and Parker for the most part so that was eh. Lastly, about the uncomfortableness so, when I was going through my ARCs yesterday and figuring out the order I wanted to read things, I was wondering whether or not I wanted to read RHFB. Before, when I was requesting it (or, rather, the box of ARCs it would be in) several months ago, I was interested in reading it because I like mystery books. But, when I went to check it out again yesterday, the book just felt off to me. It felt kind of wrong to read it, mostly because of the shootings going on, and I didn't know how this book would portray the shooting in the book and what would happen. Then I realized that I wouldn't know unless I read it and that, if the book did make me uncomfortable while/after reading it, then at least I could let other people know. The final consensus is, I don't know because my thoughts on the book and how the shooting was portrayed was kind of overshadowed by my thoughts about the diversity/stereotypes issues so I've realized I can't really accurate/honestly separate the two and clearly tell whether I was uncomfortable about how the book portrayed the shooting, or if I was uncomfortable because of other issues etc. Overall, I'd say use your own judgment on the shooting part and know that the diversity part is eh. (hide spoiler)]Anyways, regardless of whether or not you read the spoilers or not, please politely let me know what your thoughts are on my review and about the book! Also, if you are posting spoilerly, please make it really clear that you're discussing spoilers and give people an opportunity to not be spoiled such as doing something like SPOILER!SPOILER!SPOILER!!!!!!!and then, after like 3 or 4 blank lines, you can say your thoughts/the spoiler!Thanks, have a great day/night and tata for now!
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  • Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
    January 1, 1970
    I read Run, Hide, Fight Back in one day.  It's a short book and a very quick read.  The book is told in the normal way, but there are also texts, reports, and social media posts.  Definitely check out the mall map and make sure you read the author's note on all the research that went into this book.It seems like a normal day at the mall for a group of teens.  They aren't friends.  Some worked at the mall, others were there shopping (or shoplifting).   The focus is on these teens, but there is al I read Run, Hide, Fight Back in one day.  It's a short book and a very quick read.  The book is told in the normal way, but there are also texts, reports, and social media posts.  Definitely check out the mall map and make sure you read the author's note on all the research that went into this book.It seems like a normal day at the mall for a group of teens.  They aren't friends.  Some worked at the mall, others were there shopping (or shoplifting).   The focus is on these teens, but there is also the major plot.  There are terrorists in the mall and they started shooting at random.Amina is working at Culpeppers and decides to close the metal door that closes off the store.  She is able to get a few others in before it gets all the way down.  Grace had just seen her mom shot and killed.  Javier was hit in the leg.  Cole helped get them in. And Miranda got in just in time.  She was trying to get Parker to come in, but he couldn't find his little sister.  The group stuck in Culpeppers are as different as they can be.  Miranda is addicted to Oxycontin.  She was shoplifting to pay for more and was starting to go into withdrawals.  Grace has an illness that is discussed more.  Amina is Muslim and Miranda accused her of being a terrorist.  Javier was undocumented and using a false social security number to work.  Cole was the youngest brother in his family.  His two older brothers were vets.  Cole was racist and was telling the group how his brothers filled him in on all the dangers in our government.  Yes, he was that type of guy.   The one you see writing tons of crazy sounding posts on social media all the time.The terrorists end up being white, US citizens.  They were part of a far right group that wanted to change the country.  While they are there taking hostages and killing people, there are also small parts of a massive gold heist going on.  The shooters are wearing suicide vests, so it's almost impossible to fight back.  They have locked the hostages in with no way to get out of the mall.  They send one boy out with flash drives to spread their message.The book goes back and forth between areas and characters during this mass shooting.  There were a lot of discussions on how to get out, how to fight back, if they should stay hidden, or what else is there to do.  Somehow, Miranda decides that she needs to make sure her new friend group all gets out together.  But as the first page states, not everyone will make it out alive.Warnings:  Hurtful comments towards an immigrant and the Muslim religion.  Serious hate towards possessions and the US government.  Mass shooting.  A lot of blood and death.  Drug addiction.  A serious illness and the distrust of US treatment for it.  Loss of a parent.  Sexual favors for drugs/money. There are probably more.  It's a pretty intense book, but also needed with all the far right extremist crimes and mass shootings we're having in the US.I gave this book 4 stars.  Thank you to Macmillan/Henry Holt for sending me a physical arc to review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.This was one of the best April Henry books I've read. She is always a HUGE draw in my library and many, many of my middle school students blaze through her books. I already know that I will need to order multiple copies of this one to fill the demand. And, this is one that I am happy to do so for because it is WORTH it to have that many on your shelves.Run, Hide, Fight Back Many thanks to the Publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.This was one of the best April Henry books I've read. She is always a HUGE draw in my library and many, many of my middle school students blaze through her books. I already know that I will need to order multiple copies of this one to fill the demand. And, this is one that I am happy to do so for because it is WORTH it to have that many on your shelves.Run, Hide, Fight Back follows the story of 6 teens who are trapped in a mall when an active shooter situation unfolds. The mall is taken over by a group of domestic terrorists who are trying to draw attention to their anti-government agenda. They release some, kill many, and hold a large group hostage. Unbeknownst to them though is a group of 5 other teenagers hiding in one of the storefronts. These 5 try to find a way to escape, while also trying to unravel what is happening and why all of this is going on. The action is fast-paced and the characters are believable. Highly recommend.This book is a first purchase book for collections where mysteries and thrillers are popular. There is no language issues, and no explicit sexual content, and I would say it is appropriate for grades 7 and up.
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  • Emily Morataya
    January 1, 1970
    Run,Hide,Fight Back by April Henry was a pretty good book. It’s about a shooting that started in a mall and a girl named Miranda and others are trying to survive. At the beginning of the shooting no one knew why it has started, but later on in the story you find out why the shooting started. There is still so many things that happen, but if you want to know more, you could read the book for yourself.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I thought that this was a really interesting read on a shooting situation, especially in light of the recent shootings in the country. When a shooting takes place in a mall, a group of teens must come together to try and survive. Told in different points of view, this story was one that is worth reading. There were a lot of things to think about when reading this book and it really made the reader think about what/how they would react in this same situation. There were twists and turns in the st I thought that this was a really interesting read on a shooting situation, especially in light of the recent shootings in the country. When a shooting takes place in a mall, a group of teens must come together to try and survive. Told in different points of view, this story was one that is worth reading. There were a lot of things to think about when reading this book and it really made the reader think about what/how they would react in this same situation. There were twists and turns in the story and it was a good, action packed read. Thank you netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Carlys Library 📚
    January 1, 1970
    I think this book lived up to its genre, thriller, for I had chills running up and down my arm while reading this. I couldn’t put this book down and drank it all in one gulp! It’s a great read for those who get off on suspense! I highly recommend it and will definetly get on reading more of April Henry’s books!
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Tense and thrilling and all too realistic considering the world we live in.
  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    I debated on what to rate this book. Parts of it were good and other parts, not so much.One of the issues I had was that despite the subject matter, this book just wasn't all that suspenseful. I think it was the fact that we were dealing with so many people at two and sometimes three (and four) different locations. It made it hard to keep track of everyone and the author kept jumping back and forth, making it harder to get that "feeling of isolation and danger".I do like that this was set in a m I debated on what to rate this book. Parts of it were good and other parts, not so much.One of the issues I had was that despite the subject matter, this book just wasn't all that suspenseful. I think it was the fact that we were dealing with so many people at two and sometimes three (and four) different locations. It made it hard to keep track of everyone and the author kept jumping back and forth, making it harder to get that "feeling of isolation and danger".I do like that this was set in a mall, it gave the story some authenticity. At first, I just could not figure out how the two separate "illegal" activities were joined but the author did a good job of stretching it out until the end. Some parts of this book were simply unrealistic. i.e. the Cole gesture towards the end of the story is not all that believable. There was also a very slow build to the "identify" of the killers and it ended up being a bit of a letdown.I did like some of the characters, which were fairly fleshed out - Miranda and Parker and Javier and Grace were interesting. I could have done without Moxie who felt clunky and only there to give the story some kind of "I need to save my sister". She ended up being an annoying character.So, I did not hate this book nor this story, I just thought it could really have been done better.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Realistic, fast-paced, and getting straight into the heart of the matter, Run, Hide, Fight Back faces a fear that has caught news headlines. Tapping into the fear of being caught in the crossfire of a public shooting with no way out, Run Hide Fight Back serves as a story, but also a how-to guide drawing on situations from every angle of the event. With each character having their own individual backstory and chapter, readers are drawn right into their minds as they make life altering decisions, Realistic, fast-paced, and getting straight into the heart of the matter, Run, Hide, Fight Back faces a fear that has caught news headlines. Tapping into the fear of being caught in the crossfire of a public shooting with no way out, Run Hide Fight Back serves as a story, but also a how-to guide drawing on situations from every angle of the event. With each character having their own individual backstory and chapter, readers are drawn right into their minds as they make life altering decisions, as well as the consequences of these actions. All dealing with real life mysteries and thrillers, April Henry taps into people’s fears of the unknown from; kidnapping to murder witnesses, public shootings to crime scenes taking the fear of the unknown and making it happen. Like an actual story ripped from the newspaper headlines, each book tackles difficult issues that would rip through any media station. With intense, relatability this book will pull you under, leaving you questioning what would you do? you can find more of my reviews and giveaways in my syndicated newspaper column: For the Love of Books-Dixon's Independent Voice, as well on my Instagram: amy_fortheloveofbooks.
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  • Josephine
    January 1, 1970
    A realistic, fictional account of a shopping mall shooting where terrorist are trying to make a political statement. This terrifying account focuses on six teens hiding in a mall store with only a metal gate between them and the killers. The strength of the group lies in the diversity of the individuals. The killers, close by in another part of the mall, have taken many hostages, threatening to kill them all if their manifesto is not fulfilled. Booby traps are in place to explode and kill law en A realistic, fictional account of a shopping mall shooting where terrorist are trying to make a political statement. This terrifying account focuses on six teens hiding in a mall store with only a metal gate between them and the killers. The strength of the group lies in the diversity of the individuals. The killers, close by in another part of the mall, have taken many hostages, threatening to kill them all if their manifesto is not fulfilled. Booby traps are in place to explode and kill law enforcement who may try a rescue operation. The men are unaware that there are people hiding; the six teens and a boy with his little sister. As the event plays out there are some very unexpected developments that shocked this reader. The book has been well researched as evidenced by the authors notes at the end of the book, concerning the number of exits required for a mall, what doors can be locked, fire arms, munitions, how to treat injuries without a first aid kit, etc.Therefore, this has been written in a hauntingly real manner that will stick in the mind of the reader long after you turn the last page.Thank you Macmillan for granting me the ARC.
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    A quick and tense read depicting six teenagers during a mall shooting in Oregon. They have three choices to hide, run or fight back while they scramble to safety and watch as people are shot down next to them. Thirty or so people are taken hostage by a radical free-government group and the US government/police force must meet their demands or else they will start killing hostages.Parker, Miranda, Amina, Cole, Grace, and Javier band together to try and escape from the mall, but upon realizing all A quick and tense read depicting six teenagers during a mall shooting in Oregon. They have three choices to hide, run or fight back while they scramble to safety and watch as people are shot down next to them. Thirty or so people are taken hostage by a radical free-government group and the US government/police force must meet their demands or else they will start killing hostages.Parker, Miranda, Amina, Cole, Grace, and Javier band together to try and escape from the mall, but upon realizing all doors are locked, they decide to fight back in their own ways against the shooters. Each character was down to earth and had struggles and losses, making them feel more than one dimensional. The story was short, but the action and intensity made up for it, especially since you were holding your breath and waiting to see who was going to perish. I didn’t pick up on the twist until the 65% mark and then everything started to make sense. The twist could have taken certain angles, but I liked the one the author took.I will definitely be reading more books by this author since her writing has intrigued me!I received an ARC from NetGalley.
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  • Mrs. Kenyon
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone thinks it is just another day at the Portland shopping mall when masked men open fire and start killing people in the food court. Some make it out, some are taken hostage and a group of teens hide in a store. This group has three choices. They can run, they can hide or they can fight back. What they don’t know is that the men with the guns are not the only people with secrets. Do these teens have what it takes to get out alive? What sacrifices will they need to make along the way?Run, H Everyone thinks it is just another day at the Portland shopping mall when masked men open fire and start killing people in the food court. Some make it out, some are taken hostage and a group of teens hide in a store. This group has three choices. They can run, they can hide or they can fight back. What they don’t know is that the men with the guns are not the only people with secrets. Do these teens have what it takes to get out alive? What sacrifices will they need to make along the way?Run, Hide, Fight Back is a stand-alone novel that will have readers turning page after page without pause. Henry has included a variety of characters with many flaws and strengths that give vibrancy to the story. Unfortunately, it is a tough topic that is in the news too often lately, yet readers will come away feeling as if they were given a fair interpretation of all sides. Readers will want to get to the end as quickly as they can, so that they may know who survives and who gets what they deserve.
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Run, Hide, Fight Back is not for sensitive readers who fear mass shootings. I had a rough time with the first section. This situation could happen anywhere and was incredibly realistic, stressful and action-packed. Once the shooting was done and the mystery started, I had an easier time reading.I enjoyed getting to know the characters. It was amazing that they were so distinct considering that the book was so short. The author didn’t shy away from the differences that they had between each other Run, Hide, Fight Back is not for sensitive readers who fear mass shootings. I had a rough time with the first section. This situation could happen anywhere and was incredibly realistic, stressful and action-packed. Once the shooting was done and the mystery started, I had an easier time reading.I enjoyed getting to know the characters. It was amazing that they were so distinct considering that the book was so short. The author didn’t shy away from the differences that they had between each other, either. It showed both sides to each story. Unfortunately, I saw the twist coming from a mile away, but I don’t think that teens, especially younger ones, will. One of the storylines is abandoned for so long that I forgot about it, but I figured out what was going on once that storyline was reintroduced. Again, I don’t think that teens necessarily will figure it out. I think that older teens will appreciate the issues and the quick read. If younger teens can handle violence and stressful situations, they will not be able to put Run, Hide, Fight Back down.
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  • Patti Sabik
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent! April Henry never fails to provide a nail-biting thrill ride. I know my students will eat this right up. I loved the the little surprises here and there. My only complaint may have been the “okay” deaths throughout the story. Most of the deaths were justified or necessary in some way. No one who I was truly committed to died.Afterthought: Upon finishing the book, I was initially very satisfied; however, throughout the day I felt guilty because I thought I should have had more of a sic Excellent! April Henry never fails to provide a nail-biting thrill ride. I know my students will eat this right up. I loved the the little surprises here and there. My only complaint may have been the “okay” deaths throughout the story. Most of the deaths were justified or necessary in some way. No one who I was truly committed to died.Afterthought: Upon finishing the book, I was initially very satisfied; however, throughout the day I felt guilty because I thought I should have had more of a sick feeling in my stomach. Possibly due to the terrible shootings in the news, I questioned if I should have more horror when reading books like this. I don’t believe this is an issue with book, but maybe the thriller and action genres. Batman now has a conscience, Marvel Avengers are being called to task for their destruction of cities and they are not alone. Are writers and movies supposed to be teaching us or simply entertaining us? I’m not sure how I feel. I just know I enjoyed this book as entertainment , but I still very much value human life at the end of it.
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  • Sharon
    January 1, 1970
    This novel centers around an active shooting in mall, so fair warning that it's not for everyone.Personally, I found that part compelling, and it seems like to author did a fair amount of research/reading into responses/advice from real police and professionals who deal with active shooters.The core of the story and the characters were decent, but there were so many issues shoved into this book. Prejudice, drug use, undocumented immigrants, cancer, government conspiracy theories, and on and on. This novel centers around an active shooting in mall, so fair warning that it's not for everyone.Personally, I found that part compelling, and it seems like to author did a fair amount of research/reading into responses/advice from real police and professionals who deal with active shooters.The core of the story and the characters were decent, but there were so many issues shoved into this book. Prejudice, drug use, undocumented immigrants, cancer, government conspiracy theories, and on and on. Ultimately it was just too much for me.This DRC was obtained through Netgalley, with thanks to Henry Holt & Co/Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dee Price
    January 1, 1970
    3.5*When six teens are trapped in a mall by a group of masked shooters they can either run, hide, or fight back. Their instincts go into survival mode and they decide to run and hide. But one of these teens is hiding a secret that will put the others at risk, forcing them to come out of hiding and fight for their lives. This is a great story that has a few unexpected twists that unfold at the end. Unfortunately, I already figured them out 1/4 way into the story so they weren't a surprise to me. 3.5*When six teens are trapped in a mall by a group of masked shooters they can either run, hide, or fight back. Their instincts go into survival mode and they decide to run and hide. But one of these teens is hiding a secret that will put the others at risk, forcing them to come out of hiding and fight for their lives. This is a great story that has a few unexpected twists that unfold at the end. Unfortunately, I already figured them out 1/4 way into the story so they weren't a surprise to me. However, Ms. Henry is a compelling storyteller that knows how to keep the reader engaged and I was curious to see who made it through this ordeal alive.I received this book an ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carli
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Henry Holt Books for the advance Kindle copy of this book. I actually did read it prior to its release on 5/8, but it’s been crazy around here! All opinions are my own.•⭐⭐⭐💫/5 for April Henry’s latest thriller. Five teens are at a mall when several shooters open fire. As the shooters take anyone who is still alive hostage, the teens find themselves hiding in storage rooms, planning and fighting for their lives. This book spares no detail and is bound to really stick wi Thank you to Netgalley and Henry Holt Books for the advance Kindle copy of this book. I actually did read it prior to its release on 5/8, but it’s been crazy around here! All opinions are my own.•⭐️⭐️⭐️💫/5 for April Henry’s latest thriller. Five teens are at a mall when several shooters open fire. As the shooters take anyone who is still alive hostage, the teens find themselves hiding in storage rooms, planning and fighting for their lives. This book spares no detail and is bound to really stick with readers. Because of the graphic nature and a few other details about the characters, I would recommend this for grades 8 and up.
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  • Sara Kiplinger
    January 1, 1970
    This is another great read by April Henry. She has been one of my "automatic reads" for a few years now and I know my students love her titles. I was extra excited to read this one because my twitter handle is used in the book, makes me feel special. :) I enjoyed the fast-paced, intense aspect of this book. This is what keeps me (and especially my students) reading and interested. This will be one of those titles I can recommend to those who claim they don't like reading and they will be hooked, This is another great read by April Henry. She has been one of my "automatic reads" for a few years now and I know my students love her titles. I was extra excited to read this one because my twitter handle is used in the book, makes me feel special. :) I enjoyed the fast-paced, intense aspect of this book. This is what keeps me (and especially my students) reading and interested. This will be one of those titles I can recommend to those who claim they don't like reading and they will be hooked, as I have done with many of April Henry's past titles. Thanks for another great book!
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  • Courtney
    January 1, 1970
    If you like a book purely driven by action with some social commentary thrown in then you will enjoy this book.There is absolutely no character development, you know one thing about each character (MAYBE two if they are a "main" character) and that is their "thing" for the whole book. For me, it was boring and cliched.Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars. Definitely an intense read. Full review to come closer to publication date.
  • T.J. Burns
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Tweller83
    January 1, 1970
    Received ARC from The Tattered Cover Book Store for an honest review. Thank you!This was really a good and fast, if difficult, read. More later when I have time.
  • Nichole
    January 1, 1970
    Based on a public shooting this book easily hits home for any reader. The characters are diverse and relatable for any reader. Changes in perspective flow flawlessly and weave a full picture of the events as they happen. With her style and presentation Henry challenges first perceptions and kept me on the edge until the very end. At the end of the book we glimpse the amount of research she accomplished to make this book a success.
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  • Andrea Dillon
    January 1, 1970
    Full review to come at a later date...but for now, I'll just say that I couldn't put this down!So since this has been delayed I will put my review under spoiler....so This one sucked me in from the start. I was pulled into the action and felt like I was in the middle of this horrific event. The twist part I had figured out earlier but it was still believable when it was finally revealed. I enjoyed this and wish it would have been a bit longer...maybe with some more build up between the initial t Full review to come at a later date...but for now, I'll just say that I couldn't put this down!So since this has been delayed I will put my review under spoiler....so This one sucked me in from the start. I was pulled into the action and felt like I was in the middle of this horrific event. The twist part I had figured out earlier but it was still believable when it was finally revealed. I enjoyed this and wish it would have been a bit longer...maybe with some more build up between the initial time and then end. Good overall though. Also, I hate that this has been delayed. I get the reasoning but it is a really good book and I think it would be well received now or two years from now.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    *I received an eARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.See author's note on her website regarding the pushing back of the publication date to Spring 2020.
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