Publisher: Text Publishing
Release Date: July 28th 2015
Source: Text Publishing - thanks!!!!
Read it in: 2 hours
Word Rating: FISHILY BRILLIANT.
Five of us went out on the water that night.
None of us came back whole, and not all of us came back.
Best friends Matt and John are spending the summer working. Matt to save money for college, John to kill time before trade school. On the beach, the beautiful Driana stops Matt in his tracks. Dri, Stef and JoJo invite the boys to a party at Dri's Hamptons mansion, and Matt drags John along.
When Stef decides it’s a beautiful night to go windsurfing, the others race out on the water to make sure she’s safe. But with no land in sight and a broken boat engine, it’s not just Stef they have to worry about. And as the hours turn into days, the prospect of rescue seems further and further away...
Can I just say what a WONDERFUL surprise this was? This book was truly, truly good. I had my doubts at the beginning but once we were a wee way on it started to get oh, so much better.
Sooo basically this book is about five teens not making the best decision they'll make in their lives and then getting stuck out at sea in a broken boat and no provisions WITH NO LAND IN SIGHT. Can I just say right now, THIS IS MY WORST NIGHTMARE COME TRUE. I don't really like water that much. I'm a good swimmer
|THE OCEAN IS FULL OF THEM. FULL OF THEM!|
The first few chapters I found really hard to connect too. The sentences were choppy and awkward and I was starting to zone out slightly but THEN it started getting really good.
The writing was really, really gripping. This only took me a couple of hours to get through and I didn't want to leave the sofa at all while reading it! My Mum kept calling for me to do the dishwasher and I was just like: *eyes not leaving page* "I'll be there in a minute!"*ten minutes later Mum calls again* "I'll be there in a minute!" *tells self I will just finish this chapter...*
Let's talk characters! We have Matt our main character who was, unfortunately a bit of a stiff fish. He was slightly boring and ever so slightly whiny. And also had a deep mistrust of John, that I felt was unfair because John was his best friend and is basically THE person making sure he doesn't die...but at the same time I kind of mistrusted John myself because he was ever so slightly psychotic...BUT STILL. John is his best friend and Matt didn't treat him in the most best friendish way at times.
John? I LIKED JOHN. Although not enough to be a stuck on a raft with him for very long, that's for sure (haha, really, NO). John reminded me of a shark with a sore fin stuffed behind this very calm, very scary mask and although it was fascinating to read you had to admit he wasn't the sanest banana in the bunch.
Stef and JoJo? Considering it was Stef's stupidity that they were all out there stranded and dying, I didn't have much sympathy for her. And when she died I had even less for her. Harsh? Maybe, but I felt she almost got off easy compared to what the others had to go through after she died. JoJo was excellent in the beginning but when he, uh, started to lose his mind just that little bit, he got FREEEEAKY. And then he died, so yeah... Even freakier then John!
|Me towards Stef.|
I wasn't the happiest person of ever over the ending. It ended well...but not well at the same time. It was good...but I wanted more!
Tellllll me! How do you feel about the ocean?! How long do you think YOU could survive on a broken boat with no provisions and with a bunch of slowly going crazy teenagers??!! (I would totally get murdered in my sleep and either get eaten or used as bait. Definitely.)