The Resource Kalahari, Jessica Khoury

Kalahari, Jessica Khoury

Label
Kalahari
Title
Kalahari
Statement of responsibility
Jessica Khoury
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
"Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret. But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own? When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide"--
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Review
  • Grades 8-11 A safari trip goes utterly wrong for a group of teens struggling to survive in the Kalahari as they discover secrets that threaten the natural world. Sarah’s mourning the mysterious, recent death of her zoologist mother as she and her father host five teen guests at their research outpost far into the bush. When her father and best friend take off in search of poachers, the teens are abandoned in one of the harshest regions on earth without adequate supplies or preparation. As they search for Sarah’s father, what they find is mind-boggling: animals that seem to have been infected with a virus that causes them to turn metallic and a lab hiding secrets that are now out of control. Khoury builds a relentless plot and seeds the narrative with a deadly mystery that echoes themes of her first novel, Origin (2012). The science-fiction elements and setting evoke Jurassic Park’s themes of human meddling in nature, while touches of teen angst and love keep the book realistic and broaden the appeal. -- Howerton, Erin Downey (Reviewed 02-15-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 12)
  • Gr 9 Up — Having grown up traveling the world with her zoologist parents, Sarah doesn't have many friends that are human, let alone her own age. Now her mom is dead and it's just Sarah, her father, and their research assistant Theo camped in the middle of the Kalahari. Enter Avani, Joey, Sam, Miranda, and Kase, five teenagers signed up for an educational safari led by the teen's father. But when he and Theo leave the others on the first night in pursuit of dangerous poachers and never return, Sarah is left to keep herself and the visitors safe while simultaneously searching the desert for her dad and Theo. It doesn't take long for the group to discover that they are dealing with something far bigger than poachers as they come across a silver lion and a murdered Theo. They become the prey after they discover a top-secret laboratory that has unleashed a deadly virus. Can they find Sarah's father and the cure? Can they survive the desert climate and evade capture by the evil corporation? Khoury's latest novel is enthralling and filled with suspense, taking readers on a roller-coaster ride. Some parts of the story such as Sarah's romance with Sam seems contrived and the narrow escapes are often unbelievable. Still, this story is a entertaining and will capture teens' attention.—Betsy Davison, Cortland Free Library, NY --Betsy Davison (Reviewed November 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 11, p118)
  • Khoury follows Origin and Vitro with another exciting novel of teens battling corporate evil in a far-flung setting. Sarah has grown up far from civilization, the daughter of field biologists, intelligent but ignorant of the outside world. She’s also still grieving her mother’s recent, supposedly accidental death. After Sarah’s father hastily leaves their Kalahari Desert camp to trail poachers and fails to return, she finds herself in charge of five ill-sorted American and Canadian teens from a conservation exchange program. When a mysterious silver lion suddenly appears, “as metallic and gleaming as mercury,” and the poachers turn out to be hired guns working for an illegal genetic research laboratory, Sarah and her greenhorn companions make a dangerous cross-country trek to escape. Khoury’s favorite story elements are all on display, including the talented but isolated heroine, evil corporate scientists, and a wilderness setting. Sarah is a believable heroine and the Kalahari a fascinating environment, though the teens’ encounters with dangerous animals come a bit too regularly. Still, it’s an enjoyable biological thriller that will appeal to Khoury’s existing readership. Ages 12–up. Agent: Lucy Carson, Friedrich Agency. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 15, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 52, p)
  • Sarah is forced to explore her own boundaries when left not just on her own, but wholly responsible for others. Sarah is not your average teen. Raised by zoologists in a series of remote and isolated environs, she doesn't really know how to relate to the teens who have come to Africa's Kalahari Desert on an educational safari. They thrive in cities and rely on electronic gadgets, while she relates to animal behavior and indigenous lore. In many respects, Sarah doesn't even speak the same language as these sophisticated visitors. But when her father is lost, her guide friend killed, their camp destroyed, and the survivors become the target of a paramilitary group, it's up to Sarah to lead them to safety. This means trekking across the desert, finding food and water, and avoiding animal predators and determined mercenaries on the hunt. But all this pales when Sarah discovers that some of the animals have been infected with a deadly disease...and that virus has now spread to her. The novel is part adventure, part science fiction and part love story, all parts in service to its theme of exploring independence and responsibility. Regrettably, narrator Sarah too often refers to guide and friend Theo as "the Bushman," a device that both distances and exoticizes him. Cultural infelicities aside, a gripping adventure. (Thriller. 12-16)(Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2014)
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http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10392240
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1990-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Khoury, Jessica
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
HL790L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
UG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
Reading level
5.3
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Survival
  • Safaris
  • Virus diseases
  • Survival
  • Safaris
  • Virus diseases
  • Science fiction
  • Youths' writings
  • Safaris
  • Survival
  • Virus diseases
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Kalahari Desert
  • Africa
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Kalahari, Jessica Khoury
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Companion book to: Origin and Vitro
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1064780
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9781595147653
Lccn
2014029684
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781595147653
  • (OCoLC)881094164
Label
Kalahari, Jessica Khoury
Publication
Note
Companion book to: Origin and Vitro
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1064780
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
354 pages
Isbn
9781595147653
Lccn
2014029684
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781595147653
  • (OCoLC)881094164

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