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3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,841 ratings  ·  360 reviews
Hatchet meets Lost in this modern-day adventure tale of one girl's reawakening

Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountain...more
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Razorbill
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like This is Not a Test, this book seeks to answer the question of "what happens to suicidal characters when they are forced into life-or-death decision-making in a crisis situation?" unlike This is Not a Test, this book has zero zombies.

but it does do a good job of depicting a character who wants to throw her life away until she is placed in a situation with someone who really wants to live. jane has been born into a family tradition of suicide. three generations before her have had someone mak...more
I feel as if you need to be a certain type of person to really like Survive and somehow, I just didn’t fit into that role. Not only have I never been depressed, known anyone who has committed suicide, or known anyone who has died from cancer, I’ve also read more than my fair share of survival stories. For me, Survive was one of those novels where the author threw you head-first into the conflicted emotions of a character and almost expected you to understand them opposed to making you unde...more
Molly Dessources
This book was so dreadful. Im like WTF!! This is how the book went.
Girl: Im on a plane gonna commit suicide!! lalalalala
Plane crashes
Girl: oh my the plane has crashed what shall i do??? *pulls down pant and pees in the snow* :)lalala
Guy: helllp!!
Girl: are u okay??
Guy: help me up!
Girl: u need help??
Guy: -.- nooo*sarcasm*
*Helps the guy up*
Guy: Okay we should try and stay warm lets sleep together in this sleeping bag *wink*
Girl: Im not cold..But Okay! *Obviously retarded*
Next day
Girl: I was gonn...more
Jane Solis lebt seit Jahren in einer psychiatrischen Klinik. Als sie in ein Flugzeug gesetzt wird, um Weihnachten bei ihrer Mutter zu feiern, geht sie mit einem ganz speziellen Plan an Bord: Sie will sich während des Flugs umbringen. Sie zählt die Minuten bis es endlich losgeht und dies wortwörtlich. In jedem fünften Satz wird die Uhrzeit genannt, die Minuten runtergezählt, bis das Flugzeug startet. Nervig!
Als Jane dann endlich an Bord ist, läuft jedoch alles anders, als sie sich ausgemalt hatte...more
Mollie Goz
This book made me cry. There is something so gripping and edgy about it that I just couldn't put it down. From the very beginning we're thrust into the rawness of Jane's emotions and can't help ourselves but to invest in the survival of this beautiful, tortured girl. But it's really the relationship between Jane and Paul that make this novel. As the only two survivors of the crash, their relationship is put on a fast track as they go from apparent dislike to friendship to love. Instead of showin...more
Kat Young
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What an intense book. Survive is one hell of an action packed read. In the very beginning I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to get into it and I was starting to feel like I was going to be let down being as my hopes for survive were pretty high. But let me just say that I was terribly wrong. As soon as Jane and Paul's plane crashes it is a race to survive against the elements as well as their pasts. I cannot say how impressed I am with Mr. Morel's ability to paint a stark and debilitating...more
"You can indulge at death's door"

What an amazing story about survival and love and the connection between two people that can only come from experiencing something 'life or death' together.

The writing style works perfectly with the story. Haunting and short, it gives just enough detail so you know what's going on but never bogs down. And the book is a complete page turner. And with each chapter, it gets more intense and you can't flip the pages quick enough, can't absorb the words fast enough!

Dear Survive,

Although it's not my usual style to write a review in letter format, somehow this feels like it is the right way to express how you made me feel.

When I first saw you and read your synopsis, I fell a little bit in love. Survival stories are like a magnet to me - the tension, the fear, and the strength that the characters need to make it through a terrible ordeal just sing to me. Immediately I knew I had to have you and read you intensely and without any intention of interrupting our...more
Ok so the book starts with our main character, Jane, in the nut house getting ready to leave for her Christmas trip. And a few chapters later we see Jane finally boarding the plane of doom. At the very last minute before the plane takes off a guy comes along and sits down next to Jane, he introduces himself and we now know him as Paul the asshole. They talk for a while, then stop talking when Jane finally gets enough of him and his ego. They all fall asleep and sometime later she wakes up and de...more
For what it is, this book is good but... if you've read the blurb hang around for a moment. If you haven't, go read it now and I'll just sit here twiddling my thumbs till you get back so you don't miss anything...

la di dah,
ba dum,
ba dum,

... OK. You're back and you've read the blurb. I'd like you to perform a brief thought experiment: Look at the title, remember what you've read in the blurb, and bear in mind that it's a young adult novel. Now try picture the path which this story is going to...more
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Jane has been in treatment living in a mental hospital for the past year since she tried to commit suicide. Her dad killed himself so she believes crazy runs in the family. Jane has come up with a plan. She decides that on the plane ride home she will take pills in the bathroom and finally end her life. While in the bathroom, the plane crashes during a storm. The only other survivor is Paul, the boy who was seated next to her. He is stuck in a tree and needs her to help him get down and survive....more


I'm drowning in a sea of infuriated tears.

Because Alex Morel did not just do what I know she just did.

You thought the plane crash was bad?! Well let me just say that you're gonna wish the protagonist died in the crash, because there's nothing but suffering, heartache and goddamn FEELS awaiting her!

Why?! Why do authors feel the need to rip our hearts out? Are their lives so lack-lustre, so mundane and happy-go-lucky, that they wake up and go, "

you can always read this review on wakeupatseven, if you're feeling particularly daring.

I went into this book a bit cynically, thinking it was going to be a typical YA cautionary "appreciate life" tale. Not that there's anything wrong with those tales, but being that I'm not brimming with teen angst and adolescent insecurities like I used to be, I didn't think it would resonate as deeply with me as it I imagined it would with someone younger. Boy was I wrong, she typed furiously through he...more
Sarah Jordan
Jane Solis hat ihren Vater an Heiligabend verloren, weil er sich eine Kugel in den Kopf gejagt hat. Suizide liegen bei ihr in der Familie und nachdem sie ihren geliebten Dad auf so tragische Weise verloren hat, blieb auch sie von diesen Gelüsten nicht mehr verschont.
Nach dem zweiten Selbstmordversuch wird sie in eine Klinik eingeliefert. Dort verbringt sie fast ein ganzes Jahr und zu Weihnachten darf sie das erste Mal wieder nach Hause. Allerdings freut Jane sich nicht auf das Wiedersehen mit i...more
Megan  Nicole
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I love survival books. Usually action packed, they have you holding your breath, sitting at the edge of your seat and biting your nails which is exactly what Survive by Alex Morel did to me.

What stood out about this book is that when we meet our MC Jane, she is depressed, suicidal and living in mental hospital. She already decided to end her life and is in the midst of doing so when her plane crashes and is forced into a survival situation. So what will...more
Vicky (Books, Biscuits, and Tea)
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I don’t know what it is that draws me to plane crash/survival stories but they’ve always fascinated me. Judging by the synopsis, Survive sounded just like my cup of tea but in all honesty, it turned out even better than I expected. There are actually no words to describe how much I enjoyed reading this book, other than: oh my goodness.

In terms of the plot itself, it’s not the most mysterious story you’ll ever read. Basically, a girl...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Survive is an intense, incredibly fast paced read that's full of triumph, tragedy, heartbreak, and will power. It's that will to survive that will aid Jane through the darkest moment of her life.... I'm not just talking about her desire to follow in her father's footstep to commit suicide. With all odds stacked against her, and the other survivor of a deadly plane crash in the middle of the mountains, Jane finds the hope, love and the strength to live. The book's title, SURVIVE has more than one...more
Miss Spookyverse [¬º-°]¬
Liebes Survive,
mit uns hätte es klappen können. Ganz ehrlich. Rein inhaltlich klingst du nach fabelhaftem Gedankengut. Ein Mädchen, das eigentlich plant sich umzubringen, überlebt stattdessen einen Flugzeugabsturz und wird nun mit einem ungekannten Überlebenswillen konfrontiert. Spannend, was in so einem Menschen vorgehen muss. Theoretisch.

Leider hat eine einzige Person all das bereits auf Seite 10 zunichte gemacht. Diese Person heißt Jane, ist die Ich-Erzählerin des Buches und meine Gedanken zu...more
Als das Buch ankam beherrschten erstmal zwei Gedanken meinen Kopf. Auf der einen Seite: "Wow, tolle Coveridee!" und "Es ist viel dünner als ich erwartet habe!" Ersteres sehe ich nach wie vor genauso und möchte ich auch lobend erwähnen. Zu Punkt zwei komme ich noch... :)

Der Schreibstil in diesem Buch ist schlicht und gut zu lesen. Er lebt von Janes trockener Art die Emotionen nur versteckt offenbart. Man rutscht gut durch die Geschichte, leider aber viel zu schnell. Janes anfängliche Selbstmordge...more
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

It was ironic how Jane wanted to die, but instead found herself fighting for her life, finding her will to live in the most unexpected time and place, amidst a frozen wasteland, with an insufferable guy as a companion. Jane was no stranger to death, it runs in the family. But her journey through the most torturous terrains, braving snowstorms and trudging through ice walls made her acknowledge not just her imminent death, but also those of her loved ones who died...more
Meine Meinung

Mich hat die Thematik des Buches sehr angesprochen und ich war neugierig auf die Umsetzung, da ein Flugzeugabsturz generell ein tragisches Ereignis ist – aber was ist, wenn unter den Überlebenden ein Mädchen ist, das eigentlich sterben wollte? Der Anfang wurde interessant eingeleitet. Man lernt Jane kennen, die Therapiestunden nehmen muss und sich in diesen der Vergangenheit stellen und diese verarbeiten soll. Doch Jane spielt nach zwei gescheiterten Versuchen noch immer mit dem Ged...more
Aurora  Fitzrovia

"Survive" hat eine wahnsinnig spannende und interessante Ausgangslage: Jane, die in einer psychatrischen Einrichtung lebt, fliegt über Weihnachten zu ihrer Mutter. Doch dort will sie nie ankommen, denn bereits im Flugzeug will sie sich umbringen. So der Plan. Allerdings stürzt das Flugzeug mitten in den Bergen ab und zusammen mit Paul muss sie versuchen, irgendwie zu überleben.

Was mir das Buch am meisten kaputt gemacht hatte, war Jane selbst. Ich habe normalerweise kein Problem mit "schwier...more
Aysia Schroeder
In this book there is a girl named Jane who is very suicidal. She is just leaving a mental hospital and she has a plan. On her way home, on the plane, she is going to take a lot of pills in the plane bathroom and off herself there. The plan fails though, when the plane goes down into a mountain range. Now there is her and one other survivor, Paul, who is the one she sat next to on the plane and found incredibly cute, but also viewed him as a jerk. Jane and Paul then have to work together to sur...more
I got so much more from this book than I ever expect to get. I thought it was going to be "just another read.... Well it wasn't!

It was amazing. From putting yourself in our main character's place, imagining her life, and why she wants to end it... To meeting our male hero and seeing how their circumstances change each of their views on life.. It was just grand.

Seriously, have tissues handy. BUT it's worth it. Really really worth it.

Once started, you will not be able to put this book down. No ma...more
Selena Yukino
I cried so much. Oh my, it was really upsetting to me.
♔ Kristy ♔
I finished this book in two and a half hours and I have to say that this book truly amazed me and it definitely taught me a hell of a lesson; value your life, every single second of it because you never know what is around the corner. I am not sure that was what the author wanted his readers to realize but I definitely did and it hit me pretty hard because of the relationship I have with my parents right now, my past and the relationship Paul and Jane have with their parents.

Okay, I read a few r...more
Page (One Book At A Time)
I had high hopes for this one. It just sounded like it might have an edge and grittiness that other books don't have. It is about a suicidal teen and a plane crash after all. It wasn't all that I hoped for.

I couldn't decide how to feel about Jane. I was expecting a deeply troubled girl with an extreme emotional state. But, I didn't get that at all. In fact, it seems like she blames her suicidal tendencies on family history. Mental illness like depression might have families links, but suicide...more
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