Survive: First Edition

Survive: First Edition

by Alex Morel
     
 

Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening

Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred

Overview

Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening

Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.

Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
Jane has spent the better part of the last year recovering in a mental hospital from her "incident." With the approach of the Christmas holidays, however, she has earned a pass home to spend time with her mother. No one suspects that Jane's good behavior has all been an act and as she walks onto her plane bound for New Jersey, she is armed with a lethal dose of pills. When the plane hits some turbulence and everything goes black, she never imagines just how hard she will be willing to fight for the life that, moments before, she was ready to throw away. Together, she and Paul, the handsome boy whose seat was next to hers on the plane and the only other survivor, must find a way to stay alive in the frozen wilderness. Readers will become emotionally captivated from the very first pages of the novel as they are immersed in Jane's world of attempted suicides, depression, careful planning, and finally chaos as her plane crashes and everything that she had imagined goes out the window. Her voice rings true throughout the story and her will to survive and reclaim herself, even as she faces the brink of death, will have every reader unable to put this first novel by Alex Morel, down. This is an absolute must read survival story and a nice deviation from Hatchet as a recommendation for an "alone in the wilderness" selection. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
VOYA - Mandy R. Simon
Jane Solis is going home, or at least that is what her doctor and mother believe. She has been staying in a rehabilitation center for almost a year after attempting suicide. She has internalized her real feelings and faked her own recovery. Now, her plan is to board the flight home and off herself midair. Once again, her plans go awry. While in the bathroom attempting to overdose on pills, the flight she is on hits a storm and crashes into the side of a mountain. Only Jane and her seat partner (Paul) survive the plane crash, and they must work together to survive the harsh wilderness and be found alive. Jane's emotional state will grip readers from the start as she narrates her outward actions in a mechanical way, and internally plans her suicide. When Jane survives the plane crash, her guilt and anger become even more complex, and she is forced to work with Paul (an experienced mountain climber) to make it back to civilization alive. The two run into continual obstacles in their journey to be rescued, and squeamish readers may cringe at the description of broken bones, insatiable thirst, and frozen limbs. Fans of survival stories will latch on to this book, and romance fans will enjoy the intimacy and close relationship that develops between Jane and Paul under the harsh conditions. Reviewer: Mandy R. Simon
Kirkus Reviews
"Here's what you need to know: When I get on that airplane tonight, I will never arrive home." Suicidal teen Jane Solis has worked hard currying favor with the doctors in her treatment program in order to earn the privilege of going home for the holidays. But instead of having a joyful reunion with her mother, Jane intends to imbibe a deadly cocktail of drugs in the plane bathroom and join her father, who killed himself five years ago on Christmas. Then the plane crashes on a remote mountain range, leaving Jane and glib snowboarder Paul the only survivors. The temperatures are well below zero, and food and water are at a premium. They struggle to find shelter and seek rescue, but after Paul is badly wounded and Jane has to go on alone, predictably, she realizes just how much she wants to live. The strongest part of the novel is the poignant section leading up to the plane crash, where Jane's cynical voice shines with dark humor: "She's from a don't-open-presents-until-morning family and we are a blow-your-brains-out-before-morning family, so we don't have a lot in common." But after Jane and Paul team up on the frozen landscape, it quickly degenerates into a trite opposites-attract love story, albeit with some good, gritty outdoor-endurance detail. Compelling start, clichéd end. (Adventure. 12 & up)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Jane Solis wants to die. Haunted by her father's suicide, and after two failed attempts of her own, she has resolved to end it all on her Christmas flight home from rehab. Before she can follow through with her fatal act, her flight encounters rough weather and crash-lands in the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Jane and her seatmate, Paul, are the only survivors. Forced to fight for their lives in the mountains of Montana, the teens confront both their faults and their fears on the harrowing journey back to civilization. Morel weaves a tale focused on what it means to live, not merely survive. Jane and Paul's romantic entanglement is utilized effectively as a counterpoint to the heavy nature of the main conflict. In Jane, teens will find a character worthy of their time.Colleen Banick, Westport Public Schools, CT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595145109
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/02/2012
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.84(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Alex Morel is a writer who lives in Montclair, New Jersey. Survive is her first novel.

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