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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  3,033 ratings  ·  476 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
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Razorbill (first published July 1st 2012)
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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
Molly Dessources
Nov 22, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Jun 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: why-the-hype
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
The girl on the cover totally reminds me of a younger blonde version of Lori from The Walking Dead. She just has that look in her eye that Lori has. Like "I may look innocent, but I will bash your head in with a car hubcap if I have to." ...more
Kat Young
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Mollie Goz
May 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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


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, "
May 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
"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!

Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
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
Kristy 施玮

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, so I h
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 01, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, contemp, udate, not-owned
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
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I couldn't put this down. At first I wasn't sure I liked the writing but it grew on me. This was a page turner. I found myself always wanting to know what was going to happen.
The ending broken my heart, but it was beautiful at the same time. I really wanted Paul to live, and I was so worried that Jane wouldn't even make it. I loved how his spirit seemed to help her make it.
This was a great read about a suicidal girl who had to face a real life or death situation. I haven't come across any other
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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
Aysia Schroeder
Sep 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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

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
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
This book got me like:


Anyways.. *sniffs*

Jane wants to die. Suicide, she believes runs in her family. On the way back to her mother, Jane has a plan to eat many pills and kill herself on board. However, her plan fails as suddenly the plane crashes. She survives. So does the guy who sat next to her on the plane. She finds him cute and jerk at the same time. She saves him and together they survive in a middle-of-nowhere, harsh cold valley.

This was such an intense book. It was intriguing. I loved th
Megan  Nicole
Feb 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This review first appeared on Books i View.

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
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-z-challenge
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
Survive tells an achingly beautiful story of survival after an aeroplane crashes. 2 soul survivors find consolation in each other and dedicate their days to trying to find salvation.

I love survival stories, and this story was no exception. I was brought close to tears by the end of this novel *no spoilers*. The author has an amazing way with words and beautifully crafts the expansive setting around the characters.

If you love survival stories as much as me then you NEED this book
Selena Yukino (The Lioness: hear me roar)
"I cried so much" is all I'm going to say. ...more
Pages For Thoughts
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised! This isn't just a story of climbing a mountain, it's a story of climbing their own personal mountains of loss, pain, and heartache, and finding the hope and strength to keep going when all seems lost. It inspires readers to do something with their life and teaches that you make your own miracles, and you are in control of your destiny. It's essentially The Little Engine That Could but for teens, and with emotion, romance, and a plane crash on a snowy mountain. I loved ...more
Trigger warnings: self harm, attempted suicide, death of a parent by suicide (in the past), death of a sibling (in the past), attempted overdose, mental health, death, animal death, graphic descriptions of physical injuries. Literally none of that is a spoiler, don't @ me.

Pros: This book was a very fast read. I read it cover to cover in like an hour and a half.

Cons: Basically everything else. It's very flippant about mental health and suicide. Jane is kind of an awful protagonist. She's 16 and
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
Eh. The plot was incredibly thin, the survival story extremely lacking and the (view spoiler) cringe worthy. ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

She started out fighting to die. Love made her fight to SURVIVE.

My heart is beating rapidly in my chest as I fight to write this review. This book shocked me and managed to take me on a roller coaster ride in the span of a mere 250 pages. Despite its short length, it caused me to feel so many emotions. I went from a depression, to fear, to determination, love, heartbreak, and graciousness. And by the end of the book, Morel easily had my shedding tears. This was one hell of a journey.

Oct 27, 2011 rated it liked it
With an intriguing premise I thought Alex Morel’s Survive was going to be something beyond words, something original, something emotionally unique. To some degree it was just that, but because my expectations were so great prior to reading, by the time I did finally come to the last page I was wanting more than what I was given. I thought it was going to be fantastic, but really, it was just your average book—an 'all right’ book—filled with coincidences and not many surprises, leaving you with n ...more
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