The Speed of Falling Objects

The Speed of Falling Objects

by Nancy Richardson Fischer


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From the author of When Elephants Fly comes an exceptional new novel about falling down, risking everything and embracing what makes us unique. Don’t miss this compulsively readable novel about the most unlikely of heroes.

Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else’s needs. She's certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her fault. If only she were more—more athletic, charismatic, attractive—life would be perfect.

When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she’s not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, Gus Price, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships and falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to light the way home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781335928245
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Edition description: Original
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 202,716
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Nancy Richardson Fischer is a graduate of Cornell University, a published author with children’s, teen and adult titles to her credit, including Star Wars titles for Lucas Film and numerous athlete autobiographies, such as Julie Krone, Bela Karolyi and Monica Seles. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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The Speed of Falling Objects 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
HeatherMK 11 months ago
Hello Lovelies. Sorry I've been a bit neglectful in posting here. I had the opportunity to read an advanced copy The Speed of Falling Objects by Nancy Richardson Fischer courtesy of NetGalley and Harlequin TEEN. While I was granted the ability to read it for free, in exchange for my honest review, all thoughts are my own. Here's the thing...I literally can't give this book fewer than five stars because it's the first one in probably at least a decade that I accidentally stayed up all night reading because I literally couldn't put it down. (Okay, I did put it down once, at about three in the morning, to try to sleep, but I couldn't stop thinking about it...apparently others have read the whole thing in less than four hours, but I'm not that fast of a reader.) The most important factor to me, about this story, was the voice. Regardless of anything else, the voice was so gripping that I kept getting utterly caught up in the story. I don't actually think I'd have ever picked it up if I'd realized that this was not the cute contemporary that for some reason I had assumed it was, and that it was instead an adventure/thriller story set in a rainforest filled with horrible creepy crawlies constantly trying to kill everyone. I'm glad I read it, though. It was intense, and heartfelt. The main character's personal growth was beautiful to watch, and I was definitely rooting for her and her friends. I wasn't actually the biggest fan of the romance, but that was a small portion of the story. I would perhaps rate it 4.5 stars overall instead of 5 because of the romance portion, if it hadn't been the only book that had captivated me so utterly in such a long time. I would recommend it for fans of The Sandcastle Empire (minus the sci-fi elements) and the show Lost, and thriller fans in general. It was incredibly gritty and vivid and raw. A fantastic read, even if I do end up drinking every bit of coffee I own today to stay awake, lol.
Kayladeej 12 months ago
I devoured this book in one sitting. There's adventure, drama, and just the right amount of romance, but most importantly, there's a lovely message for all readers: having anxiety and fears is okay, but so is not letting them rule your life. Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren fears everything. Snakes, creepy crawlies...not being loved by her absentee, famous father. At the beginning of the book she questions everything about herself. Why can't she be like her dad, Cougar? Adventurous, brave and fearless. Why can't she be pretty and lovable? But after her and her father's crew become falling objects, that all melts away and she comes to the realization that she's all of that and more. No longer will she be stepped on and belittled. Watching her grow and stand up to her father was nothing short of amazing. The author perfected the pace of the book and made me feel like I was growing right alongside Danny. My absolute favorite character was Jupiter. Many times I wondered why he couldn't just be Danny's father instead. He was so supportive and was an honest fighter for her cause. The little things that he said to cheer her up always made me smile. For example, after her father just got done making her feel small and unimportant, Jupiter says to Cougar, "Never underestimate the strength of a tiny ant, right, Cougar? They're mighty in their own way." I almost cried because that one metaphor showed me how great he is and how much he wanted Cougar to treat his daughter with the respect she deserves. Well done, Nancy Richardson Fischer, just...well done. The amount of effort and care put into this book shows and I can't wait to read more of your work. (Especially because you're a PNW native like me!)
Renwarsreads More than 1 year ago
Going into this book I was unsure if it would be a book I would enjoy. I was seeing it everywhere so I decided to give it a go. I really enjoyed the characters,even though the Amazon was creepy. The relationships between these characters and the growth that took place between them during their treck in the Amazon was great. Danielle's experience is life changing and seeing her growth and find her self worth is really great! This book was a quick read and I really good!
ErinA More than 1 year ago
This was a very well written book. I enjoyed getting to know Danny, and watching her grow more into herself as the story progressed. It provided a look at so many different things - insecurities, living with a disability, trust, communication. On top of all that - adventure! All that, and it was well written too! One thing I love about books like this is that they really take you out of yourself, and force you into the shoes of someone else, someone who is really different than you on the surface, but you come to realize that they aren't that different after all. Very well written, and action packed - I definitely recommend this book! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.
Lisa_Loves_Literature More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the first book by this author, so I was definitely interested in reading this one. And I was not disappointed. The detail that went in to all of the types of creatures and plants and environment of being stranded in the Amazonian rain forest was incredible. I shivered with disgust at all the bugs and snakes and caimans as they appeared and landed on characters or bit characters or even just peeked up out of the swamp water as our characters passed by them. I shuddered and gagged at the thought of eating the nasty sounding grubs that they had to eat in order to survive at one point. But getting past the forest as an actual character in the book, like it was, the characters themselves were all so perfectly developed that they made the story even more than just what you kind of expected to happen. There was the hot young movie star, but he wasn't the perfect guy, and even when it seemed that he and our main character, Danny - otherwise known as Danger Danielle Warren, were kind of connecting, he still had issues that ended up causing more strife between them and teen strife at that! In the middle of the Amazon! And Danny's dad, Cougar, wow, I just wanted to slap him or punch him sometimes for how he interacted with. his daughter. While in a way there were setups woven into Cougar's filming plan, the crash itself was an actual terrible accident, and it was done in a very realistic, deadly way. With a death right after the crash, and other deaths in the days following the crash that had been caused by injuries received from that accident. In the end the relationships are what really stand out and some will be saved, some will be lost even as they are saved, and new ones will be formed and hopefully last beyond our final chapter.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After losing her eye in a childhood accident, Danger Danielle Warren has had to relearn how to navigate her surroundings leaving her with a lot of fears. Cougar Warren, Danny's father and survivalist show celebrity, left her and her Mom after the accident. Danny feels like a disappointment to her father and wants to prove that she can still be his adventure buddy. When he invites her to join him in filming the next episode of his show, Danny sees it as a chance to doesn't hurt that teen heartthrob Gus Price will be there as well. When their plane crashes deep in the Amazon Rainforest, Danny will be forced to face her fears, the truth about her father, and discover who she really wants to be. The Speed of Falling Objects is an action packed survival story that I couldn't put down. I'm a big fan of survivalist tales and the fact that the main protagonist has a physical limitation with sight just made it even more interesting. I am not going to say I liked many of the characters; most of them come across as really horrible people who you probably wouldn't miss however there were a few characters that had my heart from the start...tears might have been shed. If you don't like creepy crawly insects, animals and nature trying to kill you, and nonstop action packed adventure then this novel is not for you...there was a romance element also. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book quite as much as I did but I'm listing it as a must read for 2019.
onemused More than 1 year ago
THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS begins with a bang- Danny has been in a plane crash and is lost in the Amazon rain forest. Danny (Danger Danielle Warren) is about to turn 17 years old, and she lives with her mother who is a nurse. Her father is a famous TV reality show survivalist (survives with a guest star famous actor or actress in each episode), but he has not been around much- that hasn't stopped Danny from wishing she could know him better. When he calls and asks her to come with him to film one of his show's episodes, Danny is really excited. Danny has wanted to go back to being fearless, but she lost an eye when she was younger in an accident (details not revealed until later in the book). Since then, she feels like her anxiety and her physical limitations have pushed her dad away, so she is excited to get to know him better and show how cool she is/can be- even if he thinks she is actually turning 16 and has not made much of an effort to know her before now. However, the small plane they are taking out to the rain forest to film on location crashes. Danny will have to survive with her father, some of the crew, and the famous (and young and attractive) actor who had been planned to be a part of the episode. The journey through the rain forest is perilous and Danny will have to come to terms with who she is- and who her father actually is. What I loved: The world and character-building are top-notch in this book! I was completely engrossed by Danny, her family, and the danger that surrounds the small group in the rain forest. I loved the build up through not only the survival but also to Danny's revelations about herself and her parents. The romance was a nice touch to add a little cherry on top of this delicious book sundae. This book was unputdownable with a tension-filled storyline for both relationships and peril. I really adored so many of these characters with their flaws- they felt so three-dimensional. I am just gushing about this book, and I really loved it, and Danny. I only wish there was more, so I could stay in her world a little longer. I would warn you that there is character death in the book and plenty of suspense that comes with survival situations. Final verdict: This engrossing YA story is a really beautiful story about embracing yourself, recognizing your own strength, and coming to terms with the past and your family. I highly recommend for anyone looking for an unputdownable YA contemporary with suspense and a touch of romance. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.