My thanks to James Morris for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Was it hard to put down? Oh, yes. I was drawn into the story hook, line and sinker and didn’t want to stop reading. It was absolutely brilliant.
Here’s the blurb from Goodreads.
Secrets and survival in the Amazon
Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.
But can she carry the burden of the past?
Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive.
Emily Duran is a student from California on a high school field trip to South America. The plane crashes in Amazon rainforest, leaving only a handful of survivors. Besides Emily, there is her best friend Viv, Mean Molly, Derek the boy scout survivalist extraordinaire, Ryan the smart ass amputee and Nico, Viv’s boyfriend.
The story is told in the first person from the perspective of Emily. The author did an excellent job of fleshing out the other characters to round everything out.
The story toggles between several scenes: when the plane crashes in the Amazon, before they left on the school trip, and after her rescue when she is in the hospital.
The book is very well written and suspenseful. The challenges they experience and the true personalities that emerge in this new environment kept me reading and wanting more. Secrets were slowly revealed, drama unfolded and people died.
A quote from the book:
Events don’t change you; they reveal you.
What I loved even more than waiting for Emily to be rescued was the ending…Lets just say that things aren’t always as they seem.