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The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
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Aug 28, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, booktalks
Read in August, 2012

There's an unexpected twist...
A Hunger Games reference... p. 111
Survival at sea...
What's not to like?

I enjoyed reading The Compound, so I looked forward to reading Bodeen's latest. The Raft starts out with a great quote from George Orwell: "To survive it is often necessary to fight and to fight you have to dirty yourself." So right there, you know there will be some sort of inner moral conflict for one the characters--probably the main character. Which is always interesting material.
On a flight back home to the Pacific Islands, fifteen-year-old Robie is left stranded on a raft with one other survivor after the plane goes down. Robie is determined to survive and has a unique voice:
"I thought about The Hunger Games, how when the main character was about to give up, a little silver parachute would come floating down with exactly the item she needed. At that moment, if I could have a silver parachute bring me anything, I would want some kind of lip balm. Well, no, that would be dumb. I needed food. Maybe some Power Bars. No, I wasn't supposed to eat if I didn't have water. So I'd want the silver parachute to bring water. A gallon of water. No, I'd use that up right away. I'd want a water purifier thing, so I could convert salt water to fresh water. But was I going to get any of those things? No. There were no silver parachutes coming my way." The story has a very realistic feel.

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