Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ten by Gretchen McNeil

In high school wasn't it everyone's dream to go to an all weekend rager with no adults in sight? Well this might not be the dream anymore once they read this novel.

Best friends Meg and Minnie, as well as eight others, are invited to an all weekend party at an island by Jenni, a girl that they do not even get a long with. It seemed a little odd, but what the heck? Might as well go and have some fun. It's storming like crazy when they arrive on the island and they find out Jenni will not make it until the next day because of the storm. No one is worried about the storm or not having signal to make calls and being cut off from the rest of the world, it is all fun and drinking this weekend.

The novel follows the murders of a group of high schoolers. They are all interconnected to a specific story, even though some do not know each other at all. The murders begin when they decided to watch the only dvd in the house. The dvd stated that "vengeance is mine". Everyone is a little on edge, but just brush it off until one by one the ten of them on the island begin to die. No one knows who the murders is and nothing can be done because they are trapped on the island and cannot contact anyone off of the island.

I am a big murder mystery fan, but I usually find them very predicable. However, Ten was not predictable at all. It kept me on my toes the whole time and I was surprised at who the killer was. The novel seemed very similar when I got about a quarter of the way in. It is very similar to And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.

I remember reading And Then There Were None in high school and really loving it. I could see how Ten and And Then There Were None could be almost interchangeable in the classroom because they are so similar. High school students may respond better to Ten  because they can relate to the situations, character and emotions in the novel. It could be interesting for students to read both novels and compare and contrast them. Or students could possibly read Ten early in high school and then read And Then There Were None later in high school in hopes a preparing students for novels aimed for an older audience.

Here is a book trailer for ten.

There were two films based off of And Then There Were None one made in 1945 and the other in 1974. Watching one of the movies might also be interesting to do in a classroom compare and contrast the novels and the movie(s).


Zak Q said...

A novel for the macabre, horror-movie-obsessed student. Sounds good to me. Because they definitely exist. It's good to remember that there are all types, especially with teens. What some of us deem as "interesting" or "valuable" may be "boring" and "useless" to students who want to read according to their interests.

How was the writing in the novel? Did it feel well-written, or did the novel's success with you depend on the plot? Just out of curiosity.

Sean Andrew said...

I have always tried reading murder mystery novels and I could never really get into them. But this seems exactly like something I would pick up and read with in a low lit room during a thunderstorm. There are people out there, like myself, who enjoy a good dark, horror movie and it seems like this is just that but just in book form. I am just wondering, how developed are the characters? Do you develop a favorite, such as you do in a horror movie, or the one that you root for to survive?

Laura Coyotl said...

This book sounds scary. I guess those high school students did not see what was what was coming to them. I liked that you gave your own recommendation of the book. I agree with you, these types of stories will get the attention of young adults, especially because the main characters are in high school, they can probably relate to the emotions and thought that those students will feel. I think I might like this book as well, because I like horror books and horror movies, myself. Books are better to read instead of watching movies, in books more details are given, and it gives the reader the opportunity to use their imagination. You did a good job in leaving the reader wondering what will happen, and who the killer is. The links you provided were also good.

Was there anything you did not like about this book?
What are the characters names?
(I would like to know,sorry I am curious)

Tess said...

I like your summary of the book, and really enjoyed the book trailer at the end; although, I must admit it scared me a little bit. What a creepy concept for a book. Sounds interesting though and I'd love to read it. This could be a nice alternative for student who enjoy reading Steven King like novels. Sometimes his books can be too mature or complicated. This book may be more intriguing to a teenage.

maria hernandez said...

I love your review, I definitely will get book although is kind of scary but I like scary things. I think this book will be very interesting for youth audiences because my niece she is 15 and she loves scary books obviously I will let her know about this one