Title: The Raft
Author: S.A. Bodeen
Publisher: August 21st 2012 by Feiwel & Friends
Format: Hardcover, 231 pages
Source: Once Upon a Twilight Book Tours
And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.
The Raft was intense. The plane crash and resulting fight for survival were written so well that I felt like I was right there. I had several nights in a row where I didn’t get enough sleep because I was unable to put the book down. Though the majority of the book took place on the raft, it never got to be too much. I almost forgot how small the raft actually was, such was S.A. Bodeen’s ability to create a whole world for 2 people in such a small space. When they end up on the deserted island, it also felt expansive, though they didn’t see a lot of the actual island.
Robie was the main character here, obviously, and I felt she carried the story well. We learned pretty quickly that she was independent and strong-willed. Sometimes I forgot how young she really was, especially when she was on the raft. She would do something I thought was immature, then I would remember that she was only 15. I know for a fact I would have done a far worse job of keeping myself sane and alive than Robie did. Max was a bit on the bland side for me, though we didn’t have a chance to really get to know him before the crash. After that, we didn’t get a chance to focus on him personally because he was injured, and they were only worried about survival.
Occasionally, I thought the pace was a bit slow. I understand that it’s hard to keep things new and exciting when 2 people are stuck in a boat in the ocean, but I still thought it dragged a bit in the middle. There was an interesting twist that surprised me, but I was a bit disappointed in the way it was revealed. I thought it could have been drawn out more and maybe explained in a more exciting way. However, those were small issues in an overall great story.
The cover is perfect, though the model is older than Robie and I don’t see her nose piercing.
The Raft is an intense look at a teenager’s fight to survive against all the odds.