Thursday, September 6, 2012

Survive by Alex Morel

Genera: Survival-Contemporary

Subjects: Survival, suicidal depression, mountains.

Age/Grade Level: Teen

Length: 259 pgs.

HC/PB: Hardcover

List Price: $17.99

Publisher: Penguin (Razorbill)

Summary/ product description: “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 Rating: êêê

My Review: This book was good, but it just felt too short. It was a very quick read. It wasn’t dystopian or sci-fi. It was survival. Like Bear Grylls’ Man vs. Wild, but will a suicidal teenage girl and a snowboarder boy. I didn’t like Jane’s obsessive planning an attempt at suicide, but I did like that once the plane crash she tried to stay alive. This is a book with a good message and theme. There’s action and mountains and blizzards. I recommend this to people who like survival stories. If you read and like the following books: On A Dark Wing by Jordan Dane, which has mountaineering in it, or This Is Not a Test by Courtney Summers, which had a suicidal girl surviving in it. If you like survival movies like Vertical Limit or 127 hours, you might like this. It’s great to find a non-sci-fi/paranormal/fantasy book that I was able to enjoy. It just felt to short and kind of incomplete. There should have been more Paul in it. There wasn’t much romance, sadly. It is a stand-alone, just to clarify.

Cover Art Review: I love the colors, but there’s a mistake in the title. The first V was improperly sliced. It was erased incorrectly. I wonder if the designer noticed this. I doubt it was done on purpose. Other than that, it’s good.


~Haley G

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