Survival novels provide a host of attractions for children. On a continuum of danger, they are the high-risk counterparts of adventure narratives.
Characters in survival novels face not just adversity and risk, but also potential death. The fast pace and high drama of these narratives have always made them popular choices for children.
Dewan, P. Survival of the Fittest: The Evolution of the Children’s Survival Novel. Children and Libraries 18, 4 (2020). https://doi.org/10.5860/cal.18.4.21