Original title: Selviytymispeli
Author: Markku Karpio
Genre: Young Adult (13 or 14+)
John Green meets Lord of the Flies in the Nordic wilderness: a gritty and realistic survival story about the healing power of friendship.
Suffering from life-threatening burns at the Korpisalo hospital, Ozzy can’t hear, see or smell anything; he knows only that his mother, little sister and father are all gone. Ozzy’s father, the HR director of a local paper machine manufacturer, suffered a breakdown during a brutal round of layoffs and burned his house down, killing himself, Ozzy’s mother and his little sister. During brief moments of clarity Ozzy tries to turn his thoughts to his former boy scout troop on their annual winter hike – a trek that turns into a dangerous game of survival in freezing temperatures.
The town’s widespread economic hardships have created a new pecking order at the local high school. Tensions come to a head when ninth graders Jont, Snipe, Rambo, Little Joe, Telly and Ferrari leave for a survival hike in the freezing woods. Hunger and cold add to the stress – and above everything hovers a worry over Ozzy’s fate.