Time Lost: Teenage Survivalist II by Julie L. Casey is a great novel for young adults. Ben finds his life taking a turn when he is 13; this is when his parents divorce. But his world literally comes to a standstill the next year when the sun decides to teach the world a lesson. The sun destroys the power grids and people find themselves living in utter chaos in a world filled with disease, dehydration, starvation and many other terrible things. But Ben sees a light coming his way when he meets Sara, who also has suffered loss in her own way. Ben and Sara flee to a large city park when they find a murderous gang threatening them.
The book is a revelation of sorts. It shows readers how dependent we are on electricity and the kind of problems that can happen in the world if a disaster like that occurs. There are many dimensions to the plot; Ben and his experiences, the hardships he faces, the loss of electricity and his meeting with Sara make the story a compelling read. It is fast paced and takes readers on a great journey. All the characters have been portrayed well and the twists and turns have been woven well into the main plot. I found the theme extremely exciting. The thought of the sun turning its back on the world is quite a compelling thought. And the other angles lent by Sara and the murderous gang draw readers into the story.