Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.
That all changes when Avery’s red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. Colin is also the only person in Avery’s college life who challenged her to swim her own events, to be her own person—something she refused to do. Instead she’s avoided him since the first day of freshman year. But now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imagined.
In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. Simple. In the real world, it’s anything but.
Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star
A very dramatic and completely original story, I had no idea what this book was about when I first started reading it and I found myself very quickly drawn in. The story focuses on Avery Delacorte and the aftermath of her survival following a devastating plane crash. Horrible to even contemplate going through, this story was almost unbelievable, but written in such a way that you could not help but believe that it could actually have happened.
A conflicted person even before the accident, Avery was very obviously going through a lot and had some difficult decisions to make and realizations to come to. The story was really a coming of age story of sorts as many of these changes were necessary for any young woman to come to terms with but the importance was magnified given the extenuating circumstances.
I can't write about this book without mentioning Colin Shea, who is the bad boy who done good in this tale. Born close to Avery but worlds apart, their worlds collided in many ways which is shown throughout the story, little by little.
This story was an original one full of a lot of soul searching by Avery which ultimately lead to her finding herself and becoming true to her own desires and needs instead of trying to please others.
Thank you to Dutton Press for our review copy. All opinions are our own.
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