My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Random House Canada
Published: July 9th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 13+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Mystery, Horror, LGBTQIA+, Disease, Friendship
Survival stories tend to grip me. There’s something really fascinating, I think, about the idea of ‘‘the survival of the fittest’’ or strongest, smartest, prettiest. It’s a competition. It’s a deadly game. Sometimes, there’s no use even trying because you can’t compare. You don’t have it in you to survive. You’re a follower, not a leader.
And yet, and yet. Your body doesn’t want to die. YOU don’t want to die. So you let your instincts take over and you find a way. Sometimes it’s enough, sometimes it isn’t. Most of the time, it takes a team. We’re not meant to be alone and loneliness is a signal from your body that you should find a community that will help you survive.
I realize this is an ambiguous review, but how do you review a book that you have trouble comparing to any other you have read before? Yes, I have read books featuring survival stories, boarding school tales, LGBTQIA+ romances, horror situations, mystery plots, unbreakable friendships, underdogs and cunning characters. But all in one book? Never.
I would have given it 5 stars with pleasure if it hadn’t been so slow. It was so captivating I should have been able to finish it in one sitting but the slow-pacing prevented that. So be aware that while it’s exciting and original and dark, it’s a slow ride. But still very worth it.
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YES! I’m so excited for this book, so I’m glad you liked it. I love survival stories and need more of them in my life.
I definitely have to check out this read. Thanks for showing this to me!
This sounds fantastic and it’s been sitting on my Want to Read shelf for so long! I’m glad you found a book you’ve enjoyed so much despite its slow pace. Great review! 🙂