ARC REVIEW: The Raft, by S. A. Bodeen

Posted 13 August, 2012 by Kristilyn in Contemporary, Young Adult Fiction / 5 Comments

Date(s) read: April 13 – 14, 2012
Genre: YA Contemporary

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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.

My Thoughts

Thank you to the publisher & NetGalley for providing me a copy of this book for review!

There’s just something about survival stories that really appeal to me, whether they’re on top of a snowy mountain, in the middle of the woods, or in the middle of the ocean. The cover for The Raft grabbed me the instant I saw it, so I knew I had to read the story to find out more about the girl on the raft.

When I read the premise for S. A. Bodeen’s book, The Raft, I was definitely intrigued. I always loved watching survival movies, like Castaway or Open Water, so I thought it would be great to actually read a survival story. 

However, this one was just kind of ‘meh’ for me. I really wanted to like the main character, Robie, but she really wasn’t that likeable. I would’ve liked to have seen her actually do something while trying to survive after the plane crash, but she spent most of her time being either whiny or stupid that it was hard to actually believe her story could happen.

Of course, that being said, I think I was expecting a lot of excitement to happen in the story. When I think back to some of my favourite survival movies, like the ones listed above, there are very few exciting things happening — what you see is the monotony of either being stranded on an island, or stranded in the ocean. Sure, there are elements of boredom, but it’s still scary, it’s still terrifying, and it’s still life-changing.

So, while I couldn’t really stand the main character (at least for the first half or so of the book), I could appreciate her struggle and her inability to cope with it.

While not the most exciting read, The Raft is still a great story of survival. If you enjoy reading survival stories that are a bit on the lighter side, this is a good start.

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