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Review by Anniek
16-year old Toni, her two brothers and a couple of friends are in for the fight of a lifetime. When the news spreads out that a Tsunami, with a size no one has ever seen before, will hit the Pacific Coast Toni and her brothers rush to their sail boat. They only have 18 hours to go and find safety until this devastating force of nature will hit land.
Before they sail off they gather as much supplies, food and water as they can get. This is not an easy task, because other people with the same ideas are not willing to share. After it becomes clear that Toni's parents will not be on time to reach the boat the teenagers make the difficult choice to face this terror alone. They must hurry and get beyond the worst of the Tsunami to survive. A sailboat can tip over and come back up again. This is called a knockdown. The teenagers are hoping that if they can secure the boat well enough and get out on sea far enough they will survive.
Toni's parents have left them with the directions to an Island. They are planning to go there and to be reunited with their loved ones.
This story had my heart on lockdown ever since the first lines. The fact that a Tsunami can be a real life threat made it so believable. Toni and her brothers know what to do on a sailboat. Their parents taught them well. It broke my heart when they sailed off into the unknown to face this all on their own.
Brenda Beem made all of the characters strong with their own strengths each. I loved reading about them and how they grew during their journey. Even with all the grief, sadness and the possibility of dying they found happiness in little things. They never gave up and kept on fighting to reach their goal. The fact that the author chose such a believable fear made this story so real for me. I absolutely loved Knockdown and didn't want to put it down. I can't wait to be reading the sequel, Beached, to find out what happens next.