Tumble & Fall
By Alexandra Coutts
Publication date: Sept. 27, 2013
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 384 pages
The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.
Alexandra Coutts’s TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.
— Goodreads.com description
I was intrigued by the story behind Tumble & Fall — very Armageddon/Deep Impact. There’s a lot to explore in how people react when the world is ending.
Unfortunately, Tumble & Fall never clicked for me. The story jumps back and forth between several characters. While it was interesting to see how their lives interconnected as the plot unfolded, it also meant I never spent enough time with any character to get invested.
Oh, multiple point of views, why can’t I handle you? The curse strikes again — it just doesn’t work for me. Have any of you read this? I’m curious if you’d have a different reaction if you are better with multiple narrators than I am. Let me know!