This is a pretty cool book about 14 kids of various ages trapped in a superstore in Colorado during world shaking disasters. A massive volcanic eruption triggers a tidal wave that wipes out the eastern U. S., which causes crazy weather over the rest of the States. The volcano also causes world wide earthquakes. The two school buses that the children are on crash into a superstore during a freak hailstorm. One of the bus drivers dies and the other leaves the kids there to go find help and never returns. The kids, ages 5-17, find themselves sealed in when an earthquake triggers the metal security gates of the store. Even worse, the nearby NORAD facility has a massive chemical spill with scary consequences for those who breathe in the fumes.
I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of both Lord of the Flies and Michael Grant's Gone series. But what I really enjoyed was that the teens stayed teens and the kids stayed kids. There was no magical overnight sudden turn into little adults. The teens were still their hormone-crazy-look-at-me-I'm-an-adult selves and the small kids still ignored the world around them when distracted with shiny toys. I think this is a promising start for Emmy Laybourne. I look forward to reading the sequel!