The Living

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The Living

By Matt De La Pena

Delacorte Press, Library Binding, 9780375989919, 320pp.

Publication Date: November 12, 2013

Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Pena's The Living is "a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel. Entertainment Weekly, A-]
Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two every cruise has different passengers, after all.
But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy's only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed.
The earthquake is only the first disaster. Suddenly it's a fight to survive for those left living.
Look for the thrilling sequel, The Hunted, in bookstores now

Praise for The Living
De la Pena has created a rare thing: a plot-driven YA with characters worthy of a John Green novel. -Entertainment Weekly, A-
Action is first and foremost. . . . De la Pena can uncork delicate but vivid scenes. The New York Times
The Living] is special because of its extraordinary protagonist, Shy, who I haven t been able to shake from my mind in the weeks since I read the book. -John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars

"There's no way to classify The Living. It's everything I love mixed into one fantastic, relentless, action-packed story. As always with Matt, the characters are the best part. So real. I loved this book."-James Dashner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series

STAR] "An addictive page-turner and character-driven literary novel with broad appeal for fans of both."-Kirkus Reviews, Starred
STAR] "An excellent, enthralling ride...a great read for those looking for adventure and survival stories."-VOYA, Starred
A Pura Belpre Author Honor Award Winner
An ALSC Notable Children's Book Pick

From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
The Living is Newbery Award-winning author Matt de la Pena s fifth novel and for which he received the Pura Belpre Author Honor Award. He attended the University of the Pacific on a basketball scholarship and went on to earn a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at San Diego State University. He lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he teaches creative writing. Look for Matt s other books, Ball Don t Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here, I Will Save You, and The Hunted, all available from Delacorte Press. You can also visit him at and follow @mattdelapena on Twitter. From the Hardcover edition."