This is the tale of a small number of teens from various parts of the world (mostly New York and Pakistan) brought together by a terrorist attack that proves fatal or near fatal for certain main characters. If you can suspend your disbelief and try to remember back to when 9-11 and the anthrax attacks made everyone feel like the next attack was just around the corner, you might get into this a little more quickly than I did. After a few hundred pages is really picked up with good action and engaging characters (wish we'd met the Pakistani kid earlier!). The book is certainly modern, but not tied to anything dating it aside from technology. It may have some staying value--the real question is will a teen pick it up?