Publisher: Text Publishing
Release Date: July 29th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Survival Stories, Thriller
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…
ADRIFT is a story of survival against incredible odds. Five teens stuck on a boat in the ocean for who knows how long with basically no supplies and variable wills to survive. Friendships are challenges, things get tense, people die. It’s not a fun time. These character face many challenges that would mess the best people up, and are sometimes forced to do things I don’t think I could ever do. Getting into the minds of people who are so desperate to survive was very interesting, and often chilling at times.
The writing of ADRIFT is the main thing that kept me turning the pages. Short sentence and minimal descriptions meant no time was wasted. Everything was focused on moving the plot along. It made for a quick, easy read that held my attention throughout the entire novel. The pace did slow down a little in the middle, which is not unexpected when people are stuck on a boat, but there were still enough events and gruesome encounters to keep me interested.
Because the writing is so fast and the characters were thrown into extreme situations so quickly, I never really became emotionally attached to the characters. I liked them all well enough, they were fairly interesting people. But because I didn’t have an emotional connection, I didn’t feel incredibly sad when people died. It was more of a ‘oh they’re dead how is everyone going to cope’. Which isn’t such a bad thing because the characters reactions were more interesting to me than their back stories.
ADRIFT is an incredibly fast, intense read. Survival pushes humans to the extreme, and it was chilling the lengths some characters would go to in order to survive. I recommend ADRIFT to people looking for something quick and thrilling to read.