Monday, April 15, 2013

Book Review: Survive By: Alex Morel

Goodreads Summary: 

Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening

Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.

Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive.

My Review: 

ReadingNook Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

As soon as I heard the synopsis of this book I knew I wanted to read it, in fact I featured it on my blog for a WOW (waiting on wednesday) post back when I first heard about it. I had very high expectations of this book after reading the synopsis. The fact that this suicidal girl leaves the "nut house" for christmas break due to good behavior and plans on killing herself while the plane is in the air completely intrigued me. The plane instead crashes, and only her and a boy her age survive and suddenely all she wants is to live and get off this snow covered mountain.

I've always loved "survival of the fittest" type books. Hatchet was one of the books growing up that really got me into reading in the first place, and one of my favorite Young Adult series is The Ashfall series by Mike Mullin, both of which are survival type stories. I guess in the end I was a bit let down. I really wanted to connect to Jane's story and felt that she had a wall up so that I couldn't really connect with her, and same goes for Paul. I wanted more drama on the mountain and was looking for more obstacles I guess. I felt like everything, (food, water, clothing) came too easiley for them and I wanted to see more of a struggle. I also felt like their characters fell into the trap of the YA "insta-love". I do believe that being the only two survivors of a plane crash and going through something that tramatic together would ultimately lead to feelings developing but I just felt like it happened way too quickly to be real or believeable. 

I did enjoy certain aspects of this book for sure, and it was a quick read, but ultimately I wanted more from the story and more development that lacked a bit for me. Would I still say this book is worth a read? Yes. without a doubt, but I think personally I had my expectations set too high and it resulted in a bit of a let-down for me.

I Recieved this book via ARCYCLING if you haven't yet checked this blog out you should!!! 

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