Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Raft
Author - S. A. Bodeen
Series - Stand alone
Genre - Contemporary YA
Pages - 231

Description from Goodreads 

Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft. 

 And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way

Robie is a 15 year old girl who just wants to have a little fun alone. No parents, no AJ and no one to check on her, but after her first day alone all she wants to do is go home and leave Honolulu. However, one she steps foot on the plane that will take her back to Midway and home, her life Is changed forever and she will find herself struggling to survive in the middle of the ocean with only a raft and Max the copilot to help her.

 I read this book in one day, it is short but there is much packed within it. Robie is a believable character. A spoiled and somewhat selfish girl she has to learn to grow up and adapt quickly…or die. I found her vulnerability and thought process to be what a normal person who actually knows less to be like when faced with the same situation. It is terrifying and she did make mistakes and she did some things right, she gave up and she went on… she was not one dimensional. 

The twist about 70% in was a good one and I really did not expect it, I was pleasantly surprised the author pulled that on me. The author also does not skimp on the teaching of Mother Nature and the circle of life, things die and things survive and we should not turn from one trying to only see what we want to see. The end was good and I was glad I gave this book a shot, if you read it I am sure you will not be disappointed.


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