Sunday, September 29, 2013

Survive by Alex Morel

Genre:  YA Thriller

Description (taken from Alex Morel's website):
It’s nearly Christmas, and Jane is on an airplane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, armed with a bottle of pills. She has no intention of being alive when the plane lands. Christmas Eve, to Jane, means death: more specifically, it reminds her of her father’s suicide. Jane has always known she’ll share his fate. On leave from the mental hospital where she’s lived for a year, she finally has her chance.

Then the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black.

Jane wakes up in a blizzard in the middle of the mountains. Only one other passenger – a boy named Paul – has survived the crash. Jane and Paul form an unparalleled emotional bond born from being caught together in the middle of an icy nowhere. Thanks to Paul, Jane wants a future for the first time.

Jane, someone trying to fake recovery from suicide attempts is your average, depressed teen.  She's been let down by those that mean the most to her, people have done unforgivable things, and it's hard for her to trust those around her.  But she's still set on successfully committing suicide.  That is until her plane crashes, and she's forced to live not only for herself but for a guy named Paul.  We watch as her world transforms from a carefully constructed world of hurt to a chaotic world of ice and wilderness.  Her basic instinct to survive is pushed to the limit.

Initially, I felt like the writing in this book was choppy.  And I had a hard time relating to the hurt and betrayal Jane felt.  But once the plane crashed, the story got interesting.  It flowed really well, and I got to see how Jane and Paul reacted to the situation.  Paul's snarky humor, Jane's realization of almost killing herself: it just worked.  I got to see how lucky situations saved them and how one horrible misstep could ruin everything.

Honestly, I was bawling at the end of the book.  I didn't realize how invested in the story I really was until the end.  And even after finishing it, I kept asking "what if" and coming to the conclusion that these characters did really stupid things.  And how surviving a plane crash is utterly hopeless (I hope I die in the plane crash if it ever happens to me).  And there's also an instant where your conscience gives up, but your body goes into full survival mode even until the end.  So many thoughts racing; this book makes you think (about depressing things in my opinion).

This book's a good and easy read.  I'd definitely not recommend reading it in the dead of winter.  Even in the Fall, I still had to take a nice, hot, steamy shower after finishing this book.

Challenges:  TBR Pile Reading Challenge

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