The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
I love survival stories. I love seeing how people react to life threatening situations and defeat the odds; and how they work through mental and physical challenges. I think it’s amazing what people are able to do when they have to, to survive. So when I heard about The Raft, it immediately became a must read for me!
The Raft is about Robie, a girl that survives a plane crash in the middle of the ocean. She only survived the crash because of Max, the co-pilot, who pushed her out of the plane. When the plane was going down, Robie froze in fear and shock, and wasn’t even able to put on her life jacket. I was fascinated by how Robie and Max reacted so differently. Though I’d like to think I’d be calm and able to think rationally, you just don’t know how you’re going to react until you’re in the situation.
The Raft is a short quick read, and I flew through it because I had to know what happened. The crash, and the days after were intense, and I felt like I was on the raft with Robie. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to connect with her as much as I would have liked… I didn’t feel emotionally tied to Robie, but I rooted for her as she met and overcame each obstacle. I appreciated how the author tied in the issue of plastic debris in our oceans, and its impact on marine life into the story.
If you’re a fan of fast-paced survival stories, you should definitely read The Raft!