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Monday, July 1, 2019

REVIEW: When We Were Lost by Kevin Wignall @jimmy_books #kevinwignall

When We Were Lost 
by Kevin Wignall

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson
Publish Date: June 4, 2019
309 Pages
Genres: Young Adult, Adventure

Survival. It's a concept these high school students never had to consider--until their plane crashes in a remote rainforest with no adults left alive. With many of them falling prey to threats from both the jungle and man, they soon realize that danger comes in many sinister forms. 

Tom Calloway didn't want to go on a field trip to Costa Rica, but circumstances had him ending up sitting in the back of the plane--which was the only part that was intact after the crash in the remote South American wilderness. Tom and a small group of his classmates are fortunate to be alive, but their luck quickly runs out when some of them fall prey to the unfamiliar threats of the jungle--animals, reptiles, insects, and even the unforgiving heat. Every decision they make could mean life or death.

As the days go by and the survivors' desperation grows, things get even more perilous. Not everyone can cope with the trauma of seeing their friends die, and a struggle for leadership soon pits them against each other. And when they come across evidence of other people in the middle of the rainforest, does that mean they're safe--or has their survival come to an even more vicious end? 

My Review:

It's hard not to think about the show, Lost, when reading about a plane crash in the middle of nowhere. It's also hard not to think about Lord of the Flies when the survivors are all children. Regardless of any want of comparing, this book really does shine.  It did take me a little bit to get into the story but by midpoint, I was absolutely hooked and flew through the rest.

In these types of situations we get the usual alpha male that tries to take control. Whether the intentions are good or not, typically this tends to lead to more trouble then good.  Tom is the lone wolf - the outcast - the nerdy one and him and his crew that manage to come together are the ones you later in life wish you had befriended from the get go.  Joel, the alpha male, just needs a swift kick to the nads.  Uff.  BOYS.

I enjoyed the butterfly effect bookends but I did feel the ending was a bit in your face.  I wish I had more background to the reasoning of the plane crash.  HOWEVER, for simplicity sake and for the butterfly effect reasoning behind everything, I let that wash.  At the end of the day, this survival story surrounding these kids is an easy read and very entertaining.  


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