When flight 1049, headed from Buffalo, NY to Italy falls from the sky, a firestorm of drama, pain, angst and sorrow ensues. Can an author, a business owner, a teenager, good ol' boy, veterinarian and ruthless lawyer survive? Better yet, can those left behind?
1049 Club is a story of survival, love, deep regret and miracles. Can the living make peace with the presumed dead? Can the presumed dead make peace with the lives and loves they thought they had before?
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Think "Castaway" with six survivors instead of one. On its way to Milan, Italy, Flight 1049 crashes into the Atlantic Ocean. Six people manage to make it to an island however and, as they struggle to survive until someone can rescue them, the world believes they are all dead and moves on. Everyone that is except one man's partner, who is convinced that he's still alive and rallies some of the family members to support him in continuing a search after the authorities give up. Spending more than a year on the island will force the survivors to confront issues about themselves and the lives they left behind. Rescue forces them to deal with who they have become. The old saying, "You can't go home again" may be right. Pritekel tells several stories in this book. There is the story of how the people on the island interact with each other interspersed with the stories of their families and the different ways in which they cope with their grief. The most interesting part of the book though is when the survivors return to their homes. Their families have adapted to life without them and they have come home different people than when they left. Each survivor struggles to bring his or her new life into sync with the old one and they aren't all successful. That's refreshing because not every story has a happy ending. This is a well told story. Anyone familiar with the movie "Castaway" will see the obvious influence, but it's not the same story. Pritekel doesn't mind writing a longer book, so the reader will have plenty of opportunity to get to know the characters, although some of the scenes could have been deleted without injuring the story. There is one section where one character keeps a diary that seems totally unnecessary to the plot. Anyone who wants a book that tells an engaging story and moves quickly enough that the length is easy to forget will want to join the 1049 Club.
Going into the book, as we first met the characters on the plane, I was very much afraid we were going to be stuck flat, stereotypical, predictable stock characters. It seemed like Kim was stocking the cast for a gender/sexuality conflict, but I'm delighted to say nothing could be further from the truth. The characters on the island, and even their loved ones back home, are fully realised, fully developed characters with personalities and emotions. The creation of a friendship between Dean (uppity gay guy) and Michael (down-to-earth homophobic guy) is so subtle, you've already accepted it before you realise the antagonism is gone. As for the budding romance between Rachel (straight girl escaping a cheating husband) and Denna (a lesbian very much in love with her partner back home). . . wow, that was so sweet, so tender, and romantic. It's never forced, and never pushes the boundaries of disbelief.Overall, this is a wonderfully well-written book. The plane crash is as tense and exciting as any big budget thiller; the sense of despair as each character washes up on the island alone is intensely powerful. The friendships and the romance are handled so beautifully, I admit I shed more than a few honest tears before the end.Ultimately, though, what won me over about this book is the way it ends. No spoilers here (you need to discover the joy for yourself) but the ending doesn't arrive where or when you'd expect . . . and that's a wonderful gift to unwrap.Absolutely recommended.