Review: Adrift by Paul Griffin

August 3, 2015 Review 22 ★★★½

Review: Adrift by Paul Griffin
Adrift by Paul Griffin
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Publisher: Text Publishing
Source: Publisher
Pages: 228
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…

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.3

22 Responses to “Review: Adrift by Paul Griffin”

    • Bec

      That’s… that’s horrible! What a sad plot. Safe to say I’ve never heard of or seen this movie.

    • Bec

      I haven’t seen too many survival stories but I can imagine they get very similar. Still exciting though.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      It’s a bit in the middle ground. Could have been awesome if we got the chance to connect more.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      I haven’t watched Lost! All I’ve heard about it is that it’s crazy. And all I know about NIL is it’s gorgeous! Definitely will have to give it a try one day :D

  1. Kelly

    I felt exactly the same Bec, even though it was chilling at times and I really enjoyed it overall, I couldn’t connect emotionally with the characters either. It felt very disconnected. The whole premise was creepy. Imagine being stranded at sea in, what I think was akin to a dingy, with basically complete strangers and on the verge of a mental breakdown. It was creepy to say the least. So glad you were still able to enjoy it Bec and fabulous review! <3
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    • Bec

      The premise was great! Very suspenseful. Such a shame the character connection wasn’t there, because it could have ben amazing.

      Thanks :)

  2. Valerie

    This kind of reminds me of Life of Pi but more intense I guess? Glad to see you liked it though Bec! I’ve seen multiple reviews for this, but I’m just not really interested in the plot :P
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    • Bec

      Much more intense! I say after having only seen the movie version. This has a lot more humans involved and I think they might be more dangerous than the tiger!

  3. Leigh @ Little Book Star

    I literally just finished reading this and writing my review so my thoughts on this are very fresh. I totally agree that since they were stuck in an ocean, I it was hard to connect with the characters. I only got to see their “crazy/trauma” side and not how they were before this tragedy. Thus, I also didn’t cry over a character when they died.
    I’m glad the writing made you push to finish this book! Unfortunately, the writing was my least favorite part of Adrift. I thought it’s the writing that made the book boring and flat :|
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    • Bec

      It would have been nice to see a little bit of their calm, normal lives. We might have found them more relatable.

      Oh that’s a shame about the writing :( I can see why you thought it was like that. It was very brief and to the point.

  4. Faye la Patata

    I’m not surprised that this book was mainly fast-paced. Usually survival stories, especially a survival story in the ocean with as many as five characters, give up emotional attachment to the reader in favor of giving them a thriller, heart-stopping plot, which is fine by me as long as it was truly meant to be read that way. I can’t wait to read this one! The water is something that has always been so formidable to me. If ever I die, I don’t want it to be in the water as I know it would be a slow, torturous death (if I don’t get eaten by sharks first, that is – even then, it would be so painful lol).
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    • Bec

      Water is terrifying, especially the ocean! It sounds like you’ll find this very exciting! Hope you get to read this soon :D

    • Bec

      It was incredibly engaging! Which is why I could look past the characters and enjoy the story for the most part.

      Thanks :)

  5. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity

    LOOOOOOL at your comment of how you felt when people died. Oh, Bec.

    I have a review copy of this, and I just straight up have no idea if I want to read it. I like the idea of reading about people stuck in a boat, but how interesting can that remain without constant shark attacks, death, food and water smuggling, drowning, heat stroke, and bad weather? Okay, now that I made that list, maybe a lot can happen when they’re stuck on a raft or boat or whatever.

    I might eventually give this one a go, because I do like thrillers!

    Lovely review <3
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    • Bec

      It’s a really short book so those things may or may not be 80% of what happens haha. Overall it was surprisingly suspenseful though.

      Thanks :) I hope you like it if you eventually try it!

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