Here’s a fast-moving Young Adult survival story about fifteen-year-old Robie Mitchell, who lives with her parents on the Midway Atoll in the Pacific Islands. The story begins on Honolulu where Robie often stays with her young aunt, A. J. When A. J. is called out of town, Robie convinces her she can remain in Honolulu alone, rather than return to Midway.
But a series of bad decisions puts Robie on a cargo plane back to Midway. The plane crashes into the Pacific and she finds herself on a raft. Robie faces the usual dangers of being lost at sea: dehydration, starvation, and shark attacks are just a few.
Until this point, Robie has faced very few difficulties, but as an independent only child, she’s developed many untapped inner strengths. She’s learned much about sea life from her research biologist parents, knowledge that will come in handy on the raft. But, as with all dangerous situations that demand sudden physical and mental strength, Robie must also cope with several quick decisions she’s had to make, including a few moral ones. Now she has plenty of time to consider them.
These worries rotate through Robie’s mind, but the most important task is survival. I enjoyed seeing how she celebrates new hope when she discovers unseen resources on the raft. I also gained confidence in her as she learns to improvise with what little she has. New and dangerous problems are a given as time passes and it’s all up to Robie to figure out how to get rescued.
The author includes interesting details about bird and marine life, including hard facts about how these creatures survive. Bodeen also points to an alarming amount of trash that floats in this part of the Pacific, debris that interferes with sea life. These details make Robie’s story modern and realistic.
The Raft is another YA book I grabbed off the shelf at the library. It’s an easy read and think it would be especially great for reluctant readers and for those who like survival stories.
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19 thoughts on “Book Review: The Raft by S. A. Bodeen”
This sounds great!
I enjoyed it – and as you know (you may be like this too) I love books about being on boats and also survival stories. Thanks for visiting – maybe this would be a good Christmas present to buy!
Definitely an eye-catching cover. Thanks for the review, Barbara.
Hi Jill – I love stories about being lost at sea – I wonder if it started when I watched Gilligan’s Island as a kid… Thanks for the visit!
I love stories about being lost at sea too. Nice review, Barbara.
Thanks, Jennifer! We share a love for the salt air! 🙂
But not a love of getting lost at sea! Ha ha!
Oh, definitely not! I’ve never been lost out on a boat. That would be frightening.
The closest I’ve come to that is a lost oar in a rowboat. Would you be able to row home with one oar? 😆
I don’t think so!
The simple title, stunning cover and main storyline are all very intriguing. Thank you for sharing this.
Hi Donna – I’m always drawn to survival stories like this. Thanks for the visit!
I agree with Jill about the cover and the story sounds gripping. Great review, Barbara!
Thanks, Lauren – although I’m far from being a Young Adult, I do like this genre! Thanks for stopping by 🙂
The cover is awesome and the story sounds intriguing. Thanks for the recommendation, Barb.
Hi Diana – I like how the cover suggests what might happen but gives nothing away. Thanks for reading! 🙂
I like the sound of this book, Barbara, and also the modern twist with the current situation in our oceans.
Hi Robbie – a few years ago I was “exploring” on Google Maps and zoomed in on an uninhabited island in the Pacific. Somehow the Google folks had been there and allowed a “Street” view. I was shocked at the amount of trash that had washed up. Thanks for reading and commenting.
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