In 2083 TV is more than entertainment, it’s a critical part of the American life. The government even has a Department of Entertainment that aims to keep people so busy watching TV that they won’t be fighting a civil war or engaging in terrorism. Millions of Americans use TV fantasy to escape from the squalid living conditions they have been forced into.
Of all the TV shows in 2083 the most popular is Historical Survivor, the reality TV game where contestants literally relive historical events ranging from the Alamo, to World War II. Now Historical Survivor has a new show planned: Antarctic Historical Survivor, and fourteen year old kids are the contestants.
Five teens must recreate Robert E. Scott’s 1912 attempt to reach the South Pole. There’s only one problem: Scott and his group died on the trip, victims of the freezing weather and harsh conditions.
“Surviving Antarctica” provides a frightening glimpse into a future where entertainment is now longer fun. It combines action packed scenes of the five children fighting for their lives in Antarctica with passages that explore the reactions of the viewers who are watching this “entertainment.”
I think that “Surviving Antarctica” is a worthwhile read both for its valuable message about TV and its well-written action.Plot