Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Book Review #224 - The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

The Raft
Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.

And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Being a fan of the movie Cast Away, I was looking forward to reading this book. It definitely met my expectations.
I read this book in a few hours, the size of the chapters contributed heavily to that fact. The chapters were almost always only two or three pages long.
There was never a dull moment in this book, and I found it incredibly fast paced and a very thrilling read.
The protagonist, Robie was interesting and unique but there wasn't anything really special about her.
I suspected something about Max from the start, but was still surprised when it was revealed.  

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