Monday, February 11, 2013

Review: Survive by Alex Morel

Survive
Survive by Alex Morel
Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening
Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.
Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive.
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Publishes in US: August 2nd 2012 by Razorbill
Genre: contemporary
Source: won fron http://wwwburiedinbooks.blogspot.com
Series? no

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       Jane got my attention right away because I have had mental health problems as well, and I am fascinated with reading this type book. I was intrigued at how someone could go from wanting to kill themselves to fighting tooth and nail to survive after a plane crash. I don't know how much has to do with control of when and how, or actually just having that near death experience that kicked her survival instinct in gear.
       Her relationship and interactions with Paul are all meaningful and escalated because of the situation that they find themselves in. There is no time to be coy, hide things, or to really sort out emotions. They are faced with so many things that could end their life or the others' that they are feeling everything on multiply and then to the extreme.
      Jane herself is witty and intense. It was definitely a unique experience being inside her head. I first didn't want to like her, but I ended up as she grew and learned to appreciate life.

Bottom Line: Survive is an action packed, emotional no holds barred kind of book that I did not look away from.

My question to you, my lovely readers:
Do you think you could survive after a plane crash on a mountain?

52 comments:

  1. Oh no, I don't think I can survive outside in a freezing weather. I will try my hardest but I know it'll be a fight to the death.

    I would love to read the book to know what happens to these two teens. :)

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    1. I think I would have a hard time surviving too

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  2. I'm always intrigued by the portrayal of mental health issues in books. It's basically a mine field for authors and I like to see how they handled it. I love that Survive is such an intense read.
    Great review!

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    1. I agree, can be a mine field. She was realistic with it

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  3. Wow, all the action. It sounds awesome So happy your brought it to by attention.

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  4. Always interested by novels that feature those with mental health issues I'll be sure to keep an eye out for this one.

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    1. It handles it well, but most of the book is about her surviving.

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  5. What an interesting twist of Jane first wanting to commit suicide and then fighting for her life. It sounds very complex and emotional, but also an interesting read.

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    1. It is very emotional. I thought was a neat twist too

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  6. This sounds good, because I absolutely adore problem books, LOL! And I also adore intense characters, so this might be a good book for me. Fab review, Brandi! (:

    Um, I'm not sure that I could survive a plane crash on a mountain or not. I think that I would have to know more about the situation. (:

    Loves,
    Megan@The Book Babe

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    1. I am a problem book girl too.
      I don't think I could survive either

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  7. Without my books or nook or COFFEE.. probably not for long! This sound intense

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    1. I know. No caffeine or reading, what to do?

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  8. This sounds good! Kind of reminds me of the premise of This Is Not a Test, which I really liked.

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  9. Ooh, I'm so glad to hear you loved this one. I just received my review copy of this today and I'm really looking forward to it. Jane sounds like an intriguing character - I'm certainly looking forward to seeing how she transforms from wanting to kill herself to fighting to survive. Great review!

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    1. It is a great tranformation to read about.

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  10. So glad you enjoyed this :) I have it and need to read it! Awesome review.

    Janina @ Synchronized Reading

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  11. I haven't read many reviews for this book, but the few that I have have been very positive. I think I could relate to Jane, too. I'm glad you enjoyed this book, Brandi! Brilliant review as always. :)

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    1. Thanks Sam. Let me know if you are interested in trading

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  12. This one was very intense but I really enjoyed it. And that ending!!

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  13. I do want to read this! I doubt I could survive on my own!

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  14. Well those last 17lbs of baby weigh would probably help, but I'm not sure I'd survive otherwise. I'm not one for the outdoors and I hate camping!
    Glad you enjoyed this one although the characters sudden change of heart does sound a little odd!

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    1. Yeah my baby weight wouldn't help either

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  15. Please tell me there is no cannablism in this one. I would not like to find out if I could survive a plane crash. This sounds intense. I am glad you connected with the character and enjoyed it.

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  16. I remember this one. Oh another good review of this book. No way this isn't an emotional adventurous ride! I am curious about this one and sometimes I do like to be on the edge of my seat. Pushing it up the wishlist!

    Would I survive? Hm... depends... if the person I crashed with is a survivalist. ;D

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    1. Ha. Well the other survivors would def be a factor

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  17. it's always nice when your feelings change all along a book, it sounds like an interesting story!

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  18. Sounds like a book that keeps you hooked. Great review! :)

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  19. Seems like Jane really got her survival instinct kick-started after the plane crash. I'd assume I could be in massive shock after a plane crash on a mountain and I guess the most I could do is trying to scream (with no sound coming out). So I bet you could help to deduce that the rate of survival for this human is... >.<

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  20. I would like to think I could survive, but I'm not sure.

    When a book is compared to LOST, I'm instantly intrigued. I really like that the story deals w/a mental health issue, so that we can all learn more about them. I'm really glad you liked this. Great review, Brandi !

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    1. Yes, mental illness does have a lot to teach

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  21. Have you read This is Not a test by Courtney Summers? This book reminds me of that - except with zombies lol

    I've read so many good reviews for Survive so far.

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  22. This book sounds like a crazy ride! I have watched some survival shows along this vein (well the surviving from a plane crash part) and I'm not sure I could. It might be easier to just off yourself right away rather than TRY to survive. I'm such a weakling.

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    1. I haven't watched any of those shows yet, but there would prb be similarities

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  23. This sounds very interesting and I definitely like the premise for it. The characters sound great too, and I am curious to see how Jane gets through it all! I'm glad you enjoyed this! :D Fabulous review!

    And well....I honestly don't think I would have the will power or the strength to survive on a mountain after crashing. And I don't think it would help me because I'm deathly afraid of heights! lol ;p

    ~ Maida
    Literary Love Affair 

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    1. Jane was a joy to watch grow and chance.

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  24. I hate the snow and would definitely not survive! I didn't even know that eating snow would cause hypothermia and death. Never thought of it before. I would have been scarfing down snow cause I'm always thirsty. It was emotional. I loved Paul and he really helped her so I was sad with how things went.

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    1. I didn't know that before reading either.

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  25. Sounds like a gripping book. I bet it is pretty action/adrenaline packed. I sure hope that I would survive...I know I would be praying the whole way down. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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  26. I'm liking the sound of this book. Seems like something different for me to pick up. Great read!

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  27. I'm intrigued as to how someone can go from suicidal to fighting to live too .. Looks like a really interesting read, I think I'll pick up a copy :) Great review!

    Laura @ What's Hot?

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  28. I do love survival stories and this one has an interesting twist! Thanks so much for sharing! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

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  29. Plane crash on a mountain - I'd be a goner. I really need some survival training for whatever may be!!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  30. Gosh I don't want to survive that kind of trauma. I'd rather be one of the casualties. My survival skills are nil!

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  31. If I went down in a crash, I have no idea what I would do. Great review!

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