What do you do if you are stranded in a blizzard and
your parents are badly hurt?
14-year-old Danielle and her younger brother Jake do the only
thing they can: go for help. In this case, help is a weather station
four thousand feet up Mt. Remington.
They are ill-prepared for the expedition. But Danielle has
recently completed a Mountain Mastery course, and Jake's hobby of
improvising produces necessary equipment, such as compass and
belaying rope, out of common tools.
As Danielle and Jake climb, Edward Myers also explores their
sibling rivalry and jealousies. He is a little awkward in the
beginning, with their thoughts seeming forced and artificial; but
after the accident, with more action to describe, he handles the
balance between thoughts and action smoothly.
The book's weakest point is that the Darcy family seems to live in
a vacuum. It's as if having decided a few key things, such as
mountain mastery and gadget improvisations, Myers did not bother
invent any more.
Myers has the humor right, though, from Jake's French waiter
serving dog food to their arrival at the weather station saying
"Trick or treat."
Climb or Die is Edward Myers' first novel for young adults.
This review originally appeared in the February 19, 1995 edition
of The Roanoke Times and World-News.
This review copyright 1995 by Wendy Morris