Sirens: The End of the World Has a Sound

Scholastic. Sept. 2023. 304p. pap. $12.99. ISBN 9781338891973.
Gr 7 Up–Joel is home on a break from college and is asked by his mom and little sister Ava to go with them into the city to see a movie. He's not feeling great and they go on without him. It’s only when they don’t come home the next day that he heads off to the city to find them. Abandoned cars on the road, no people outside, the world around him quiet and seemingly devoid of life. What happened? Another survivor finds him and tells him the truth: when the sun goes down, the power goes out, and the sirens begin. The loud, otherworldly, and maddening sirens never let up all night long Too many questions remain unanswered, but Joel is focused on one goal: to be reunited with his mother and sister. This is Cawthon’s debut, bringing a new voice to young adult horror. While this book will raise many questions for readers, much is left to one’s own interpretation regarding what exactly happens when you hear the sirens and voices. Easily seen comparisons to mythical siren’s song as well various religious elements will generate much discussion among readers.
VERDICT Many readers will be drawn to this apocalyptic, debut horror tale.

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