Surrounded by Sharks - Michael Northrop

Report Card:
Characters- A
Plot- A-
Setting- A
Overall Grade- A


The first character I'm going to tell you about is Drew mostly because when the book started, I didn't really know what her role in it would be. Is she filler? Is she just another perspective in the island? Who is she? As it turns out Drew plays I pretty big role in saving Davey. Actually, she plays the biggest role in saving Davey. So, if you're wondering what's going on with her, just hold on. It'll get there.
Next is Brando , who happens to be my favorite character here. At first I thought he was just going to be the annoying younger brother who really doesn't care about his older brother at all. As the story progressed, though, it was clear how much he cares about Davey and desperately wants to help rescue him, even if he doesn't know how to go about doing it.
The last character I'm going to mention is Davey himself. One of the things I like most about this story is how ordinary the characters are. There's nothing particularly special about Davey. He's a typical teenage boy, on vacation with his family. He wants to spend some time of his own. That's pretty usual, right? Right. However, he makes a dumb decision. It's one that a lot of boys in his position would probably make. He does, of course, realize this after, but there's little he can do about it.

I really like this plot, mostly because it doesn't have any of the elements that I usually love in my books. There's no fantasy or mystery or supernatural or any of the things that I NEED to keep my attention. Despite that, I really did find this story engaging. I think that had a lot to do with the characters themselves and wanting to know what happened to them.
Also, the sharks don't appear right away. There's some build up of tension there, which is much needed.

The thing about the setting is that, well, it's the middle of the ocean. There was also the parts at the island itself, but I much preferred Davey's chapters just floating around in the middle of nowhere. I think sometimes I get so wrapped up in world-building that I let myself get distracted from the story itself. There's none of that here, and that's a good thing.


Overall, I liked the book. I think the pacing was well done and it was just the right length.