The raft book review

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen Publiburned by Feiwel and Friends on August 21, 2012 Genres: Conshort-lived Fiction, Survival Pages: 231 Format: ARC Source: Publisher (ALA) Add to Goodreads Buy on Amazon

Robie is an knowledgeable traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a team of Pacific islands wright here her parental fees live, many kind of times. When she has to acquire to Midway in a hurry after a visit through her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo trip 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 in the time of the trip. The just passenger, Robie doesn’t panic till the engine suddenly cuts out and also Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max battle via a raft.

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

Ever considering that I review Hatchet by Gary Paulsen in elementary school, I’ve been captivated by survival stories on TV, in movies, and also in publications. And tright here are so many of them! Lost, Survivor, Terra Nova, Castaway, On the Island, and so on I can go on and on. It’s fascinating what we people will perform in order to make it through. When I witnessed The Raft on a table at ALA, I kbrand-new it had to come residence through me. I was excited to be able to devour an additional amazing story of survival. Sadly, this book was extremely lackluster for me. I just didn’t reap it. I did not uncover it as believable as I have actually other versions of a similar story. As constantly, my major points are bolded. :)

1. The mass of the book takes location on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Obviously, not a lot can happen on a raft. That’s exactly what we were given: not a lot. Of course, this is very realistic. I mean… I understand that real life is not choose Lost, wright here supernatural points are happening all the moment. At the same time, though, I would have delighted in a little more action to break the monotony of the happenings in the raft. I got bored.

2. The establishing = a raft. Let me simply say that the writer did not paint any kind of images in my mind that looked favor anypoint even more interesting than a yellow raft in the middle of a bunch of water. But really, how could she? Sometimes it rained. Sometimes it was sunny. It got dark, and also then it gained light aobtain. There’s just not a lot you can do through that.


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Due to the fact that the book is so brief and also takes location in such a little amount of time, we don’t get to learn a lot around Robie or Max. And those are really the only 2 personalities that are discussed across more than 2-3 pages. There’s no character advance, no relationship, no nothing.

4. There was a little suspense eexceptionally currently and then, however it can have been so a lot more. I felt favor the creating style took ameans from the possibilities that might have been tbelow in the more tense moments. The writing was exceptionally staccato, with short, blunt sentences and also incredibly few long, flowing sentences. Perhaps this was the author’s goal: to develop a feeling of tenseness via sequences of multiple brief sentences. I simply didn’t feel it, though.

5. The eactivity did not seem real to me. This book is complete of hard and/or sad moments, and also Robie was totally flat and emotionless. I mean, if I were tright here I would certainly have actually been crying and also panicking and also really freaking out. She seemed totally rerelocated from the instance, also though she was in the very facility of it.

6. A tiny twist happens that kind of renders you go, “Oh… ok. That sort of makes a tiny even more sense.” But really, I was simply all set to be done at that point. I didn’t also prefer the twist, but at leastern it made sense. Meh.

Overall, I think the story is what I had a trouble via. Not the writer. I have actually a feeling I would certainly reap other works of hers. It takes a lot for a survival story to grab me and really pull me in. When I review a book, I’m searching for even more than just a snapshot of reality. I loved the principle, but I was hoping even more would be done with the execution to make it exciting, while still being rather realistic.