Surviving Antarctica: Reality TV 2083 by Andrea White

The wind and snow blow so hard, you can't see your hand in front of your face. Your heating fuel is nearly gone, and so is your food. How do you survive?

Five fourteen–year–olds face this desperate situation on a deadly journey in Antarctica. It is 2083. They are contestants on a reality TV show, Antarctic Survivor, which is set up to re–create Robert F. Scott's 1912 doomed attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole.

But in 2083 reality TV is not just an act. Contestants literally relive – or die during – the simulations of events. Robert Scott and his team were experienced explorers and scientists, but their attempt to reach the Pole proved fatal. What chance does the Antarctic Survivor team have?

This action–packed, riveting adventure – full of fascinating direct quotes from Scott's journals and other accounts of the expedition – is both a heart–wrenching drama from the past and a disquieting glimpse into the future.


This was another Battle of Books read, and overall, I thought it was a good little adventure story. I thought the idea behind the story - five teenagers chosen to try and survive in Antarctica while the nation watches at home - was an interesting idea, almost reminiscent of a Hunger Games. I think the execution of the story fell a little short. The characters, while diverse, were somewhat flat. The plot, while full of potential, was flat and underdeveloped, giving a very shallow feel to the book. The writing was simple and lackluster, almost too elementary, and certainly not what I would expect for a book targeting 12 years and up. This is certainly no Hunger Games, and if you are expecting something along those lines, you will be disappointed. I think the story is missing an element of drama, complexity, and emotional depth. I didn't hate it, but I wasn't impressed by it either.

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