Survive by Alex Morel – Review
Survive by Alex Morel
Review of Survive
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Survive by Alex Morel
August 02, 2012
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
Survive by Alex Morel was INTENSE, you guys. I mean, if you read the summary, you know it’s going to be intense, but Survive was just so more than I expected. For one thing, I guess I didn’t finish reading the summary – and after reading Survive, I’m kind of glad I didn’t, because man, it’s spoilery!
Anyway, I thought Survive was very fast-paced and engaging, which I loved. If the story hadn’t been so quick, I don’t know that I would have gotten into it as much. I can only handle quests for survival for so long, you know?
As for the protagonist, Jane – she bothered me a little. I understand that some people are just depressed, they’re just determined to die, but I didn’t really connect with that part of Jane. From what I understood, she just wanted to die because her father had committed suicide, and her grandmother, and back and back, so she felt like it was her duty. Which, as an uninformed (in regards to suicide/depression) reader, was kind of a shitty reason.
But once the plane crashed and the survival part of Survive started, I warmed to Jane a lot, and I really liked the way she engaged with the guy, Paul.
And that ending – HEARTWRENCHING.
Overall, I enjoyed Survive by Alex Morel. While it’s definitely a lot more intense than I expected, I think that’s a good thing. I recommend checking Survive out if you’re looking for a quick-paced and heart-wrenching yet surprisingly hopeful contemporary.
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