Future Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O'BeirneFuture Leaders of Nowhere by Emily O'Beirne

Future Leaders of Nowhere

byEmily O'Beirne

Paperback | March 15, 2017

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Title:Future Leaders of NowhereFormat:PaperbackDimensions:274 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.62 inPublished:March 15, 2017Publisher:Ylva Verlag e.Kfr.Language:English

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ISBN - 10:3955338215

ISBN - 13:9783955338213

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful book! I wasn’t sure when I began reading this book if its YA (Young Adult) designation would limit its appeal solely to youth and younger adult readers, and was relieved to discover that although the story centres around high school students attending a leadership camp in Australia, the issues the characters confront there and carry with them from home are more universal and therefore relatable to older adults as well. I recommend this to teenagers and adults of any age who want a good story, a trip down some part of memory lane, or a bridge between generations to open up conversations about issues facing school age kids in the modern age. The writing is solid and the storyline thought-provoking, unpredictable. The camp involves them in a complex game with real world application, far more complicated than those played on corporate leadership retreats in North America. Despite the high stakes and difficult often tenuous alliances and rivalries formed at each stage of the game by the various school teams, those teams are still made up of youth who still have their own problems, parental issues, insecurities and doubts to contend with all while playing this game to win. The challenges in the game all require careful planning, compromise, and a host of other skills, all done with very limited access to technology by team members. Part of the fun in reading this came from trying to figure out ahead of the kids how each team would play their hand at each stage of the game in order to win, according to the rules set out beforehand and the resources allotted to them at the outset. The romance and friendships forged during camp were as fun to watch unfold and develop as were the solutions each team brings to the challenges thrown at them by camp staff. The characters are likable and relatable, multi-faceted and develop in discernable ways so they’re fun to follow around and cheer for and against in the course of the camp and the game. The story takes place in Australia and there is some Aussie slang used in the story but most of it can be deciphered in the context in which it’s used, the rest can be quickly googled for clarification.
Date published: 2018-03-06