A first-hand witness to the near nuclear disaster at Three Mile Island in the 1970’s, reporter Wilborn Hampton recounts the suspense and fear of the United States as scientists desperately tried to keep a nuclear plant from reaching meltdown. Though many Americans supported the idea of nuclear power as a new form of energy, a meltdown of a nuclear reactor would mean death and radiation sickness for decades to come. As residents near the plant fled from the invisible danger, Hampton and his colleague stayed behind to witness and record the events, despite the fact that their lives could be in jeopardy.
This book was equally interesting and terrifying. I didn’t know much about the events at Three Mile Island until now, but what I learned was pretty scary. With more pressure on the world to look for alternative fuel sourcing, nuclear power continues to gain attention. However, as Hampton’s book shows, it can be a dangerous resource. Aside from Three Mile Island, the book also talks about the nuclear bombs dropped on Japan in WWII and the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. there’s a lot to think about when it comes to using nuclear energy. If you’re at all interested in environmental issues, science, or physics, this may be a good book for you. The author witnessed the events he writes about first-hand, which makes the action extremely exciting and suspenseful. Give it a read!
*IRA Young Adult Nonfiction Award, 2002
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