I Am Still Alive

I Am Still Alive

by Kate Alice Marshall

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Overview

"This tense wire of a novel thrums with suspense. . . . [this book] just might be the highlight of your summer.”–The New York Times

Cheryl Strayed's Wild meets The Revenant in this heart-pounding story of survival and revenge in the unforgiving wilderness.


After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.
 
Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded.
 
After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined.

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father…and she wants revenge.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425291009
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 07/02/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 71,408
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kate Alice Marshall started writing before she could hold a pen properly, and never stopped. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with a chaotic menagerie of pets and family members, and ventures out in the summer to kayak and camp along the Puget Sound. Visit her online at katemarshallbooks.com and follow her on Twitter @kmarshallarts.

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I Am Still Alive 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 6 months ago
This story is about determination, the will to survive, and a mystery+adventure about a scarred girl’s father’s death. The writing was journal-entry-esque: detailed, realistic, and dramatic at times. The plotline has twist and turns and keeps the reader interested through the entire story. Kate Alice Marshall did a fantastic job depicting the harshness and unrelentingness of nature in a tense, mysterious, interesting journal of a girl who will do anything to stay alive— and avenge her father’s death. While the idea is slightly cliche and conventional, it has originality, plot twists, and suspense. Some parts are slow and lack action and enthrallment, but the ending climax helps tie everything together— the aftermath lacks detail on Jess’s life afterward and leaves readers wondering a little too much. Violence and mild cursing makes for 12+. Overall, quite a good book for those who enjoy a Hatchet+mystery+adventure novel.
Caroles_Random_Life More than 1 year ago
I liked this book well enough. I decided to read this book because the premise sounded rather interesting. Having never read this author before, I really didn't go into the book with too many expectations. I found it to be a pretty easy read that I did enjoy. I did feel like there was something missing from the story that could have taken it to the next level for me but I am glad that I took a chance and decided to read this one. Jess has not had it easy lately. She was recently in an automobile accident with her mother. Her mother did not survive the accident and Jess sustained some pretty serious injuries. She has spent time in the hospital recovering and was eventually placed with a foster family. Eventually she is sent to be with her father who has not played much of a role in her life and lives off the grid. There is no way that Jess could have prepared herself for living with her father. He lives in a tiny cabin in the middle of the woods in Canada along with his dog, Bo. He has very few connections to the outside world and lives off of the land. When Jess arrives, he starts to show her some of the skills she will need to know in her new home. Jess really doesn't have a lot of interest in learning the things her father is trying to teach her and is mad at the whole situation. The book is written as Jess's journal and starts out with alternating chapters of before and after which I thought worked really well. It becomes quite obvious that this have taken a wrong turn very early in the book but it does take some time to find out exactly what did happen. This is a story of survival. Jess finds herself alone in the woods with no shelter, few supplies, and not a lot of skill with only a dog as support. I did like Jess as a character. I felt so bad for Jess and her desperation feels very authentic. She has a lot of small victories and quite a few set backs, all of which could prove to be fatal. I would recommend this book to fans of survival stories. Jess is a tough character that is working hard to survive in a nearly impossible situation. I wouldn't hesitate to read more of Kate Alice Marshall's work. I received a digital review copy of this book from Viking Books for Young Readers via First to Read.