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.
Before I get into the book review I just want to take a minute to talk about the author, James Morris. When he first contacted me, he gave me a little background about himself, and let me tell you, I was impressed! Before he became an author, he used to be a television writer for Smallville, Crossing Jordan, and Are You Afraid of the Dark? How cool is that?! Straight away I knew I wanted to read this book! Anyway, I just wanted to share that little bit of fun information. Let’s get on with the review!
I always find myself struggling when it comes to writing reviews for survival, thriller, or suspense books because I don’t want to give away any of the plot twists. Being a huge fan of survival stories, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The book opens with Emily in a hospital room where we find out that she was the only survivor of a plane crash. She was on her way to South America with her classmates and teachers for a school trip. What was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime turned into a fight for survival. So why is Emily the only survivor? She tells her story by writing down what happened to her as a suggestion by her counselor as a way for her to cope with her unfortunate tragedy.
She begins her story describing how the plane crashed in the water, and on the verge of drowning, she is able to pull herself to safety on land. She then sees her best friend Viv and jumps back into the water to save her. After pulling Viv to safety, four more of their classmates make it to land. Out of 134 passengers, they are the only six to survive the crash.
Stranded in the Amazon rainforest, Emily and her friends must work together to survive. But, as we all know, Emily turns out to be the only true survivor. So how does everyone else die? That is the question I kept asking myself throughout this book. Knowing this information definitely adds to the tension of the story. There were twists and turns, lies, betrayal, and secrets.
The way the author goes into descriptions was just like a movie playing through my head. (I can see why he wrote for television!) This book was very well-written; it was fast-paced and kept me on my toes. He described how people react when put in life-threatening situations; some thrive, while others just diminish into nothing. This was a book that was hard to put down!
I don’t want to give anything away, but I did want to mention the ending. I loved the way the author ended this book. It definitely took me by surprise! If you are a fan of survival/adventure stories then this is the book for you! I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!
Thank you to James Morris for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.