30 Aug. 2021
Paperback / softback
2022 Notable book in the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers!
Eva is far from home when everything goes wrong. And then it gets even worse. Her evacuation bus leaves her behind, stranded with classmates she barely knows. The chase is on. But South America is big, and the old rules are changing quickly. This is the road trip Eva never knew she needed. This is the race for the last flight home.
Age Group: 14 years +
Traffic Lights: Green/Amber
Class Novel: No
Good Reads Rating: 4.5/5
Literary Rating: 4.5/5
Eva is stranded in South America. On the bright side? She speaks Spanish and she isn’t alone—her classmates, Odati and Mike, are stranded with her.
The downside? Her teacher and other classmates have left on the last evacuation bus. She has no mobile coverage. And her backpack is also on the bus, leaving her with just the measly supplies in her daypack.
Within 24 hours, Eva and her friends are misled by con artists and left on the side of the road, half of their money robbed from them. Now distrustful of everyone and everything, they trek to the nearest town to meet their teacher on the next bus to Uyuni, their group’s next stop. But upon arrival, they realise that the bus never stopped. They’re completely on their own.
The trio meet Brodie and Alice, two English backpackers who are also stranded in South America. After a few more misadventures, the group manage to borrow an old cruiser and supplies from a friendly driver, in order to road-trip their way to Lima, Peru, to catch the last outgoing flight to Australia.
Along the way, they encounter roadblocks, ambushes, desperately broke locals and one recurring sleazy tourist. But they’re determined to make it to the airport before the plane leaves. Fingers crossed that their fuel doesn’t run out…
A story of hope, adventure, survival and trust set in a world that’s falling apart, Evacuation Road is perfect for anyone who likes a story that keeps them on the edge of their seat.
Favourite Quote: “It took less than two seconds to comprehend how deep in it I was: I was in the middle of South America, the world was screwed, someone was firing a gun, and my bus just left without me.”
adventure, action, survival, trust friendship, romance
1. Brodie kisses Eva (p. 85). 2. A sleazy tourist overpowers Eva and drags her away before Brodie beats him up (p. 196-199). The tourist never states what his intentions are other than separating her from her group, but he calls her “sweetheart” and puts his fingers in her mouth, meaning that he could be interpreted as intending sexual assault. Gunshots (p. 250-251). Gunshot wound (p. 256).