Thursday, August 2

Survive by Alex Morel

Survive by Alex Morel
Release Date: August 2, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 272

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 Thoughts: Honestly, I didn’t love Survive like I thought I would. It was an alright read and a fast one at that. We are introduced to Jane who wants to kill herself. Her father killed himself so she knows she has to follow in his footsteps. She’s wanted to do it for a while now and has even tried too but she hasn’t had a plan.

She now has a plan and she’s going to do it on the way home to see her mother for Christmas. She’s going to take pills and do it on a plane so when the plane lands, she’s dead.

Jane’s plan gets seriously messed up when the plane crashes as she’s ready to take the pills. Everyone on board is killed except her and her seatmate Paul. I liked Paul but I never fell in love with him like I should have. He seemed real, just not real enough to me.

I really did like the idea behind this book, I thought it could be interesting but depressing, but I just didn’t feel like Jane really knew herself very well. She went from having a plan and being determined to take her life, to wanting to live. It’s almost as it happened overnight. Maybe because she was trapped in the wilderness and she realized how precious life was, I don’t know.

The moments between her and Paul were bittersweet and I enjoyed them. I enjoyed seeing things from his perspective.

Overall: Survive was an ok read, but I just never connected to the characters or the plot very well.

Cover: I like how alert the girl seems. Also like how big her eye seems.

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1 comment:

Paige said...

Sorry that you didn't enjoy the book to much. But I loved it! I fell in love with Paul too! I enjoyed not knowing who was going to come out of it alive! Awesome review =)

~Paige @ Comfort Books


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