Review! The Scavengers By Michael Perry


By Michael Perry

336 pages – ages 8+
Published by HarperCollins on September 2, 2014


SUMMARY – Maggie was an OutBubbler. She and her family live outside the “Bubble-cities” that most people choose live under. The bubble-cities were cities that are under bubble-like domes that “protect” the inhabitants from danger. The OutBubblers live out of the cities and fend for themselves, with no electricity, guns, or other things like it.  When Maggie’s family disappears and her house is ransacked, she and her little brother find refuge with their neighbors, Arlinda and Toad Hopper. Maggie soon finds out that her father had things he was doing with the government, and that he had deserted, and the government wanted him back. What will Maggie do?

WHAT I THOUGHT – This was a really cool book. The dystopian factor was cool, but also slightly creepy. I would like to know more about the back-story about the bubble-cities and how they came to be. Toad Hopper, Maggie’s neighbor, is a cool guy. He is sometimes hard to understand, because he uses tons of word-play and pig latin in what he says (for example: Nule Rumber Half A Dancing Skirt) – but it is also kind of fun to decode what he’s trying to say. Maggie is a great female character that you come to care for. She is brave and spunky at the same time. The setting is important to the story. Fortunately for the reader, Mr. Perry is a great story-teller and he vividly described the world. The world really makes it hard for the OutBubblers to live, but it makes it more worthwhile when they succeed. The way the land is described makes me think of a barren wasteland outside of the bubble-cities (besides huge government-run fields of genetically-modified corn). The story-telling in the book is really, really good.

I give this book 5 out of 5 bookworms.fivebooks

Categories: Age 9+

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11 replies

  1. Reminded me a bit of Stephen King’s Under the Dome and the TV show — which is a bit unsettling. Glad you enjoyed the book.

  2. Yes, Stephen King’s Under the Dome.

    It’s interesting to see a dystopian for middle grade readers. The other dystopians I’ve seen are all YA.

    I’ll have to give it a try. Thanks for the recommendation 🙂

  3. Sounds fabulous, Erik. I have read a few YA dystopian books, usually great writing but I couldn’t read too many. They are usually a bit violent. I guess this one won’t be it’s for kids.

  4. Another fantastic review!

    But I’ve been noticing that you’ve been giving a lot of five outta five bookworms lately. When can I expect to see a review that says “This book stinks!” 😉

  5. I love this book

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