By Alex Morel
Publication date: Aug. 2, 2012
Razorbill, 272 pages
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.
— Goodreads.com description
This is a hard review to write without giving anything away. Let’s see how I do…
I devoured Survive by Alex Morel in one sitting, reading in a fury to find out what would happen next. I was invested and sick to my stomach with worry for these characters. It’s a short but intense read.
That fast-paced intensity meant I was attached to the characters early on, which sort of backfired on me. I…well….required some cool-down time before I could write this review. I might have thrown the book. Okay, it was more of a “toss”…but an angry toss.
Why? Well, it’s not an easy thing to care for Jane as a character. She’s suicidal, depressed and detached, and it’s just not easy to “stand by and watch,” so to speak. And, the ending. Well, I won’t say. But it MADE ME FEEL THINGS.
But after letting things settle …I THINK THAT’S A GOOD THING! Look, I love happy books, and this sure as hell isn’t one of them, but literature should challenge us and I’m grateful to Alex Morel for taking me down this path, as difficult as it was.
Just, you know…prepare yourself.