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If We Survive

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What do you do when a mission trip suddenly leaves you caught in the middle of a revolution?

Will Peterson is part of a mission team that has traveled to Costa Verde to rebuild the wall of a school. It's been a great trip-until a revolution breaks out just before they board their plane to go home.

But then it becomes a desperate race to escape: from a firing squad, from sava
Hardcover, 339 pages
Published November 6th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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i read this because i was curious how christian themes would assert themselves in a survival story with guns and revolutionaries and the dangers of the jungle, and i was wondering how far the "turn the other cheek" and "the meek shall inherit the earth" would hold up in a pressure cooker.

better than you would think, but don't worry - "the lord helps those who help themselves," so this is not a "sit around and wait for divine intervention" kind of story. there is plenty of action, and i think it
This is probably the most political, emotional, and intense action ride I've ever read in a Young Adult novel. Andrew Klavan has done it again with this stunningly beautiful epic that lays open the truth about some misunderstood politics. Here is the plot...

"High schooler Will Peterson and three friends journeyed to Central America to help rebuild a school. In a poor, secluded mountain village, they won the hearts of the local people with their energy and kindness.

But in one sudden moment, ever
Jul 05, 2013 Zora rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: young christian republican WASPs
Meh. It starts off with a bang, as a group of self-congratulating christian missionaries only trying to do their (condescending) best to those backwards brownish folks and meet their h.s. do-gooder credit requirement get caught in a Latin American revolution. There's a mouthpiece leftist among them who is shown over and over to be an idiot for actually having read up on the country before he went there (messages: books? fah, who needs them? Listening to both sides of a debate? only for weaklings ...more
Melissa Proffitt
In this YA thriller, five people go as a church group to rebuild an orphanage in a fictional South American country and are caught up in that country's civil war. It's an exciting and well-paced novel with plenty of action, and I think it hits its mark exactly. The main character, Will, is a realistic 16-year-old: full of uncertainty yet driven with a desire to do the right thing. Palmer, the group's pilot, ends up being their reluctant guide and protector as they try to escape the country, and ...more
This book didn't only get two stars for the writing style: I would have give it one but the author is great at telling an exciting story! I wanted to like this book, but couldn't avoid being very offended by the worldview offered through this story. As someone who lives in Latin America, I thought the story was extremely prejuidiced towards American views. The rebels were painted as evil: no consideration of their personalities or desires they might have to relieve suffering in their country and ...more
Melissa Wehunt
In a nutshell: Ok, so I hovered between 2 and 3 stars. I think if I could take out the stuff that bugged the crap out of me, it would have been a pretty good read. But as it is, I really couldn't stand it. So... to punish the stars cause of my bias or not? Currently, i'm doing so. Just know that if I were a teen, maybe I wouldn't have been so bothered. And also, DO NOT listen to the audio... I think I may have liked this better if I had read it.


1. Adventurous - A group of teen and adult mi
Will is part of a group of teens going over to Central America to rebuild a school. They are lead by Pastor Ron and what they witness there is life changing from the minute they step off their plane. They think their adventure is over as they head up into the cantina to enjoy their last minutes with the locals and meet up with their driver, but something else is about to set their journey on another route. Thundering footsteps, screaming and armed men barge into the cantina and block their exits ...more
Wow. Where do I begin? I love this book. So much. As I read it I really felt like I was reading some altered Call Of Duty story line. :P The action was flawless. There are some writers out there who just cannot write a good action packed book but Andrew Klavan is a master with it. The characters. Will was pretty cool. He was a neutral character to read the point of view from.For some reason I usually don't get into books that are written in the males point of view but this I liked. Jim was annoy ...more
Well, I'm a sealed fan of Klavan's now. My 5th book of his to read and just as enthralling to me as the other 4. Nice to see everything tied up in one book instead of a series (for these days series can wear me out). Will is a very different character/narrator Charlie. He's at a different place in life, and has different lessons to learn of and about himself in his particular trial than Charlie did. I really liked that. I almost felt like I could relate more to Will and his insecurities/fears/la ...more
SCORE! Another touchdown for Andrew Klavan! I have nothing but good things to say about this author's books. They are simply amazing, all of them. This is my 6th book by him and I have not been disappointed yet.
This story starts right off with a bang and just keeps getting more suspenseful throughout the book. I don't think there is a slow or boring sentence in the whole book. I don't think Klaven knows the meaning of the word "slow". Reading one of his books is like taking a ride on a new and
Gillian Bronte Adams
When four American teens journey to Central America to help rebuild a school, they're prepared for the usual mission trip hardships - blisters, hard work, culture shock, and forgoing accustomed comforts like hot showers, cell phones, and facebook!

But when a revolution blazes through the country, it burns a bright red bullseye on the backs of all Americans, and what started out as a simple mission trip turns into a desperate fight for their lives.

This is the sixth young adult novel by Andrew Klav
I was excited for If We Survive from the minute I read the synopsis. However, I honestly wasn't expecting to like it so much. I went into it expecting a cliche Christian action/adventure novel for teens. I was so wrong.

This was probably one of the best Christian fiction books meant for young adults that I've ever read. It was really well written.

I'm kind of an action junkie. I read action/adventure books like a little kid eats candy, and I won't deny I read through this one at a really fast pa
Amelia Loken
Awesome contemporary adventure! Soooo Good! Four kids and their youth pastor are on a mission trip in Central America when a coup d'etat erupts and all heck breaks loose. A wily revolutionary tracks them though the jungle and their only hope is their slightly amoral tour driver...who happens to be a former U.S.Marine.

The protagonist, a 16yr old boy, Will, is so well written, I totally felt like he was real.

Lots of action and gun violence but not gratuitous our nasty. Will talks about how pretend
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If We Survive is an action-packed young adult adventure story. Will and his friends have traveled to Central America as part of a mission trip to help rebuild a village schoolhouse. While they are there, rebel forces stage an attempt to overthrow the country's government. The story follows Will and his friends as they attempt to escape the country. They are joined by an ex-Marine who has a secretive past that comes to light during the story. This book was quick and easy
This is one of my favorites. This book, is one of the best Andrew Klavan books EVER (in my opinion). I was on edge through the whole book! I feel VERY strongly about how phenomenal this book really is. Honestly, do not judge this book by its cover; but even the cover draws you in like a fish on a reel! I don't want to spoil anything for new readers, but if you have not read this, you must! This is a must read book that is way better than any TV show or movie ever created. You will glide page aft ...more
This was an intense and fast-paced read. While a lot of the situations and a couple of the characters were highly unrealistic, I enjoyed the ride and took it for what it was, an adrenaline-fueled blast.

Surprisingly enough, there was a fair amount of character development. It was nice to see the characters grow and change. Although the psychology major in me wished the story continued at the end to show (view spoiler)
Will goes with friends and his pastor to Central America to build a wall for a school. On their last day, however, they get caught in the middle of a revolution.

The story tells of their adventures, losses, and the never ending troubles of their trying to make it back home to America.

I didn't care for a few of the characters at first, but their character development and growth was fantastic.
Will, the character whose point of view the story is told from, is a brave boy. Despite being "only 16"
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Josh Grunske
What would you do if you found yourself hostage in a foreign country? Few people volunteer to help those living in poverty. Even fewer do so in a foreign country. Only a selected number of those find themselves in the middle of a revolution. If We Survive by Andrew Klavan is an action adventure book that teaches us that we can overcome fear with bravery.
The protagonist Will, the other volunteers Meredith, Nicki, and Pastor Ron want to help rebuild a school in Costa Verdes in central america. Ho
This was an interesting read about a group of teens and adults who go on a mission trip to Costa Verdes to build a wall for school, but as they prepare to go home they get held up in a Cantina by a man and his gang. They are not sure if they will be able to get home alive. This is a fast pace action/adventure read that I think a lot of teens will enjoy.
Sara Bennett
It's a good action book as Andrew Klavan really knows how to write a good thriller. I also enjoyed the setting and the characters. I believe it took me a little while to get into it, but not that long :) If you're looking for a good, Christian thriller this book and this author are the ones to pick.
From beginning to end this book was told very good.It was filled with action ,drama , and excitement. This was the first book I read by this author. This was definitely a good impression and I plan on reading a lot more of Andrew Klavan. The reason I gave it four stars instead of five was that I kind of new what was going to happen next most of the story. But other then that it was filled with action which was my favorite reason for liking it . I even felt connected with the characters in the s ...more
Mrs. Kenyon
The mission trip has been a success. Will Peterson traveled to Costa Verde to help rebuild a wall of one of the schools. The group is relaxing and anticipating the return trip when a revolution breaks out and they are suddenly trapped in a foreign land. They need to escape a firing squad, wild animals in the jungle and they don’t know who to trust. The government in power is just as ruthless as the revolutionists trying to take control. Many in the group have traits that will help them survive t ...more
It definately took me some time to warm up to this book. I am not religious and the main characters all have religous backgrounds. It was because of this fact that I had to take some time to understand where they were all coming from. I like to read books I can relate to, this one is definately not one of those. Although the more I progressed the more I enjoyed hearing Wills perspective of things. (view spoiler) ...more
Have you ever started a book and known immediately you'd made a terrible mistake? That putting it down would be nearly impossible but that you'd also want to put off the ending as long as possible because it was so good? That was this book. I started it late one night, figuring I'd get in a chapter or two, just enough to entice me to keep reading in the morning. It took so much effort to actually stop and go to bed, then when I woke up the first thing I thought of was this book.

I've only ever re
Jul 01, 2013 Damali rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: John Marsden, "Toy Soldiers" fans
American kids on a mission trip to Costa Verde find themselves in the middle of a civil war. Loved it!
I really enjoyed the action packed, on the edge of your seat intensity of this book. However it was an extremely predictable action movie type of book. Klavan was very good at describing the scene & the emotions behind them, but I found his actual writing to be juvenile. Perhaps it was done on purpose trying to enact the thoughts of a naive teenage boy? I don't know, but I felt that it was writing in its simplest form. I found myself to be very disappointed with the ending. I just felt there ...more
Karen San Diego
This. Is. A. Very. Good. Book. I read it (last month?) and I haven't got the time to write a full review, so now I'm just pouring out pieces of what I've remembered since reading it. It was masterful, powerful and heart-warmingly compelling in its nature - as Andrew Klavan can only do in this genre. I have read only one of his books before - Crazy Dangerous - which is really crazy and really dangerous and really good as well. Now, If We Survive heightened my respect for him. I salute you, Sir.

I liked the plot of this story. It definitely was exciting enough and there were enough plot twists to hold my interest until the end. The characters were fairly well developed for a young adult novel. I also think a lot of younger teenagers will be able to relate with the narrator and his voice since he is a teenager and the author did a good job at portraying the thoughts of teenager in the middle teen years.

That said, this was a good book, but it wasn't exceptional. To me, the book was lacke
As part of a teen relief group goes to Central America to help build a school, he won the hearts of the locals, but then, as revolution strikes, Will Peterson and his three friends are captured. Walking towards their executions, their only hope is in the fifth member of this journey, a ex-solder who has hated them since before he met them. Even if he can break them out, the streets are full of killers with .40 cals, the jungles filled with poisonous snakes, and the one thing that unites most of ...more
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