Monday, December 23, 2013

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer ~ Book review

by Eliot Schrefer
About the book: From National Book Award Finalist Eliot Schrefer comes the compelling tale of a girl who must save a group of bonobos -- and herself -- from a violent coup. Congo is a dangerous place, even for people who are trying to do good. When Sophie has to visit her mother at her sanctuary for bonobos, she's not thrilled to be there. Then Otto, an infant bonobo, comes into her life, and for the first time she feels responsible for another creature. But peace does not last long for Sophie and Otto. When an armed revolution breaks out in the country, the sanctuary is attacked, and the two of them must escape unprepared into the jungle. Caught in the crosshairs of a lethal conflict, they must struggle to keep safe, to eat, and to live. In ENDANGERED, Eliot Schrefer plunges us into a heart-stopping exploration of the things we do to survive, the sacrifices we make to help others, and the tangled geography that ties us all, human and animal, together.

My thoughts: This book will make you fall in love with bonobos and will make you want to take up the cause to ensure their safety and survival.  I loved this book.  It taught me about a species of ape that I have never even heard of before. Schrefer creates a vividly realized setting and a harrowing portrait of the chaos of a country at war. I enjoyed Schrefer's portrayal of the unbreakable bond between Sophie and Otto, and the close, awe-inspiring look at bonobos in general.Check out the book trailer below!!!

Book trailer:

About the author: Eliot Schrefer is the author of The Deadly Sister, The School for Dangerous Girls, Glamorous Disasters, and The New Kid. He lives in New York City, and has never discovered any bodies. Visit him online at