Saturday, November 9, 2013

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

by:  Alexandra Coutts
published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux  
publish date:  September 17, 2013

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand. 

In a week the world is going to be destroyed.  The world's best and brightest have collaborated to come up with scenarios to divert the asteroid, but nothing has worked.  So with a week to live how will you spend your time.  Tumble & Fall looks at the lives on a tiny island preparing for the strike.  Some are preparing to survive by banding together to build an ark.  Some are spending their last days falling in love, getting married and forgiving old grudges.  Some are going on wild scavenger hunts looking for lost family members.  

I really liked this book.  In the world of YA post-apocalyptic, dystopian literature it was nice change of pace to read something that was pre-apocalyptic.  It wasn't a flu or a war that people were going to survive so there wasn't any wild prepping going on.  The one thing that I thought was kinda weird was that there weren't any phones or computers in this book.  They couldn't find people or get in touch with people unless it was in person.  I never did understand why the phones and computers didn't work.

I would definitely recommend this book for the YA readers out there.  Doesn't matter what genre of YA you like, I'm sure there's something in this book for you.  It had your disaster, it had your science-y stuff, it had some prepping, it had romance, it had social issues.  It was all in there.  Give it a whirl, tell us what you think.

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