Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Review: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

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  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Pages: 240
  • Source: eARC from NetGalley/Macmillan for review
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Robie is an experienced traveller. 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

This book sounded really interesting. I really enjoy survival stories and mostly find them very intense and suspenseful. You feel for the characters and are really pining for them to get out of the situation. Well, with this one that wasn't the case. I wish I could say that I liked this one, but I honestly didn't really. I was very bored with it and I just wanted it to be over. It started off really great. We get to know a little tiny bit about Robie and how she ends up on the plane and how the  crash happened, but once the plane goes down, so does the book. If it wasn't for me wondering if she was going to survive and the fact it was a very short book, I don't know if I would have finished it. 

Robie is a teenage girl with a not so typical life. She lives out on a Hawaiian Island with her parents who are researchers. There are no real stores or much to do, but she goes to Honolulu to stay with her aunt on occasion. She likes it there and she is used to traveling back and forth. Well, she had taken the flight many times and she should have known that something was off, but she just went with it and got on the plane. When the plane goes down she is actually a bit more calm than I would have thought. I mean yes, she's scared, but not super freaked. She doesn't even put on her freaking life jacket when Max tries to get her too. How stupid can you be. She somehow manages to survive on the raft and get to an island, though I think that was really mostly luck. It's obvious after a while she is really starting to be not okay both physically and psychologically. 

This is really a typical survival story. Trying to find food and water, fighting the elements, trying to figure out a way to signal for help unsuccessfully. That's not all, there is also the hallucinations, and the imaginary things to try to keep her sanity. Oh, and lets not forget the "evil" tiger shark that seems to be out to make her situation even harder. 

I don't want to say this book is bad because it's not. I just didn't really enjoy it. The writing is fine and it was easy to read, it just didn't suck me in the way I really wanted to. I really do normally like survival stories, but this one just didn't hit the mark for me. I don't really know what else to say about it. 2 out of 5 stars


  1. Aww, Amy. :( I'm sorry this didn't live up to your expectations. I was excited for this book, but I've seen mostly negative reviews, so I don't think I'll be checking it out any time soon.
    For a book about survival, it's important for the book to be gripping, so I can understand why you didn't like it.
    Thanks for sharing your honest review, Amy.

    1. I'm actually really sad that I didn't enjoy it. It was just kind of boring and uneventful for me.

  2. Bummer. I've gotten this same vibe from all the reviews I've read for The Raft. I typically love survivor stories too. Sorry this didn't live up to expectation.

    1. I had read some pretty negative reviews before getting to the book and almost decided not to read it. I figured it was short so I might as well try it.

  3. I'm seeing a lot of negative things about this one lately, which really is too bad because I was pretty excited for it. I had missed it when it was on NG and was mad about that at first, but now I think I'm happy LOL

    1. Yeah, it really is a shame. I was super excited for it too and it just wasn't what I expected.

  4. Well, that's too bad. It does sound promising, but it's unfortunate it lacked the Umph you were looking for. Nice review!

  5. That's really too bad because the description had me. Hope the next book is better.


  6. Yours is not the first 'not so great' review I've seen on this one. Sad, because I had high hopes for it, but it's fallen towards the tail end of the TBR list... :(

  7. Well since I'm not so crazy about plane crash books (very nervous flyer) this one was not on my list!
    Thanks for your honesty!


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