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The Unfortunates

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  77 reviews
When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done, but the consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: Due to his father's connections, not only will Grant not be held accountable for his actions, he's going to get away with ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Tor Teen
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Candace Robinson
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book I’ve read by Liggett and I absolutely loved it!

Grant is in a crappy position because of choices that were made even though the outcome was accidental. It’s tough to decide how a person should feel about situations like these. From a mother of the victims, I’d be livid. From an outside POV, I feel bad for both parties. But I did seriously feel sorry for Grant and I really liked him.

Now let’s get to the cave parts. Holy claustrophobia! Please remind me to never ever go to a
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

The Unfortunates is the second novel I’ve read by Kim Liggett, which I was excited to read after how much I enjoyed The Last Harvest even though on the surface it didn’t appear to have as much of a horror bent. The story follows Grant Franklin Tavish V, the son of a wealthy and prominent US senator. As a result, Grant never wanted for anything growing up, and his future was secure. He would go to the right schools, make


Chilling Horror Elements
Suspense Thriller
YA (High School Seniors)
A Short Read That Packs A Punch


Once, I got a third of the way through this, I couldn't put it down. The caving elements are so very compelling. And Freaky. Being trapped in a cave with no light in small claustrophobic-like spots...worse-nightmare-ever kind of stuff.

This is my second Kim Liggett book, the first being The Grace Year, which is one of my favs of
Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)
Grant Tavish is guilty of manslaughter after a tragic accident, but as the son of an important senator, he’s managed to escape most consequences. Unable to live with himself or with disgracing his family by coming clean, he’s arranged for an accident to happen on a solo caving expedition. But when the cave-in happens for real, Grant finds himself trapped with four other teenagers. As the only one with any knowledge of caving, it’s Grant’s responsibility to get them out. When one of them goes ...more
Kelly Hager
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not a fan of nature and I'm very claustrophobic. I'm also not huge on heights and being in the dark in unfamiliar places. I mention that to say that The Unfortunates is basically every nightmare I have in one 220 page piece of absolute Kelly-hell.

Obviously I loved it.

(When I wasn't completely freaking out and being terrified for Grant and the four teens he's stuck in the cave with. Because guys, I didn't know what was happening but I knew that I wanted no part of it and that I wanted all of
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
This was not exactly what I though it would be but it was a quick read.


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**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**

I am a reader that can be (and usually is) drawn to a book by the cover alone. Just take this book for example: it screams something deadly happened and there has to be a delicious story behind it. Well, sadly, the cover does not match
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett, when I first started the book I thought that it would be about a boy who is trying to get punished for something wrong that he did. But what this book is really about is a High School kid who is the son of the Senator in Virginia. In this book at the beginning, you find out that Grant Tavish V had just undergone a traumatic experience months ago. All you know is that it is the weekend and he has a court date on Monday, but his family has a rite ...more
A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book! I am a big fan of hers!!!

I really enjoyed this book! Let's start with the cover. How cool is that cover? Of course I was going to read the book because it was by Kim Liggett, but even if it wasn't, the cover would have sold it for me! It was a very quick read, but that was probably because I could not put it down. It kept me guessing and in suspense the entire time. I know the teens at my library are going to devour this
Sarah Dwyer
Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Several slow, dry blinks. Um, uh, yeah. This was a quick book to read, lots of twists and turns. Fast paced and edge of your seat kind of reading. That ending, wow, after reading it you think, it’s been done but not with this much surprise.
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Predictable as all hell and a very beat-you-over-the-head anti-affluenza story, this book would be a perfect read for a spoiled brat with no sense of right and wrong and even less of an ability to notice foreshadowing. The cover is that's something.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this, but I agree with other reviewers. It was pretty predictable.
Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
So first I want to say, the cover totally did not go with what this book was about.. When it said for fans of Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars, I was expecting something completely different. I was actually really let down by this book. I could have seen this going in a different direction and being a lot better. It also didn't help that I figured out what was going on half way through the story. It was an okay story and a super fast read.
Llyr Heller-Humphreys
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Even though I could see where it was going, it was still a very suspenseful page-turner!
linnea h.
This was 100% interesting with like...40% too much Telling Me What Was Going On. where are all my 400+ page YA horror novels.
Myron Brown
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
Grant Franklin Tavish V got a slap on the wrist for causing a fatal car accident. He goes spelunking intending to die but when he is trapped with four teens from a nearby public school he tries to help them get out but something is after them. It takes awhile for this title to get going. The first several chapters reads more like a realistic fiction title where Grant ruminates about his guilt for the accident he caused. Based on these first few chapters readers would expect a fairly grounded ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A short, sharp gut punch of a story that will keep you guessing and jumping at shadows. Read after dark at your own risk!

This is the third book I’ve read by Kim Liggett, and I can honestly say she’s getting better with each book. And that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy her first two books! But this is my favorite so far and it
Every once in a while, I get flashes, shadows in my peripheral, making me think there's someone behind me. I know it's not real. It can't be. I'm the last one in line.

Seventeen-year-old Grant Tavish, the fifth, comes from old money. His family is well-known and respected in the Richmond community, and due to his father's position as the senator, quite powerful as well. And when Grant finds himself the cause of a devastating accident, he knows that the worst he'll get is a slap on the wrist.
THE UNFORTUNATES is the newest release from Kim Liggett. She is also the author of BLOOD AND SALT, HEART AND ASH and THE LAST HARVEST. THE UNFORTUNATES is the story of 17-year-old Grant Tavish, a senator’s son who was involved in a fatal accident. He is quickly consumed by guilt when it becomes clear that his father’s connections will insure that he never faces consequences for the accident. With his graduation trip approaching, Grant plans to stage an accident for himself in a cave system along ...more
Stefanie Merrifield
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grant Franklin Tavish the Fifth - yep, the fifth - the rich son of a senator, get's in a car wreck that kills 4 people. Instead of getting arrested he's told by his lawyer to simply say, "You don't remember anything," and given next to no punishment. Angry over being unable to take responsibility for his crime, Grant takes advantage of a traditional rock climbing trip to plan an "accident" to permanently solve his problem. Before he can follow-thru, a cave-in leaves him stranded in a cave with 4 ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a tough one for me to rate. There are some parts of this that would appeal to me, like the whole survival parts. But it was hard for me to get engaged in the story and I only finished it because it was so short.

I think a big issue that myself and a lot of others have is that the twist/ending is pretty obvious. So obvious, in fact, that the narrative goes right out and tells you about it. Maybe that's one reason why it was hard for me to engage: I knew what was happening, so I struggled
Lydia Timpson
May 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and feels everyone is ignoring what happened in favour of letting him off scott-free because of who his father is.
It's obvious that his conscience is bothering him and he struggles with how his friend and family just gloss over everything.
He decides that, if the public opinion won't judge him then he'll take matters into his own hands.
He tells his family that he is completing an old family tradition and completing a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail.
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I almost DNF this but I had a theory and I wanted to see if I was right but I wasn't halfway done yet and it already was a struggle to not just skip to the last chapter and get it done and over with. I might have gone into this with the wrong mindset. I read they were stuck in a cave and monsters start coming after them and I immediately thought of that movie The Descent which I really enjoyed. I was expecting to get something like that and I got something completely different.

My biggest problem
Erin Arkin
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Unfortunates is the new YA horror story by Kim Liggett and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, you should definitely fix that! I loved Blood and Salt by her so when I heard about this book, and then saw it at ALA, I grabbed it.

Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and after being involved in a fatal accident, he really just wants to face the consequences he believes he deserves. Unfortunately for him, because of who his father is, he won’t have to face anything, and he is going to get
Brin Murray
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I can imagine that teens with a penchant for horror would enjoy this story: five teens trapped down a cave system, in the dark, where hostile unseen monsters or something lives… It’s gruesome enough for the bloodthirstiest ghoul or even young adult. Plus there are some real life dilemmas/issues thrown in, in the shape of our hero Grant Tavish who is a senator’s son and wrestling with guilt. He was the irresponsible cause of a fatal accident, and his affluent family and friends have just brushed ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mb-ok
"I don't remember anything."

These are the magic words Grant Franklin Tavish the Fifth, son of Senator Grant Tavish the Fourth needs to say at his court appearance. These magic words will make everything go away. Grant will get off scot-free on several counts of manslaughter.

Grant doesn't want it to all go away. He knows that he caused all those people to die, and he wants to be responsible for that. He decides to use his family tradition of spelunking in the caves as a way to disappear for good.
Sep 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
If I could give this zero stars or even a negative star, I totally would. I don't know if these may be considered spoilers so be warned. Generally speaking, JUST AVOID THIS NOVEL!

This is a novel about an affluent kid who got away with murder (because of his affluence) and he 'redeems' himself by going on this essentially spiritual type journey that changes his mind... (gag me, blech). It's like this novel was written to try to say people with affluenza can become better people! Except, thus far,
Colleen McAlpine
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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I really don't like horror for SO MANY reasons, but this was very readable in a page-turner way. A solid survival/horror mash-up for kids who want something scary. I really liked that there's a fat boy character who has some very cute romantic moments with his petite girlfriend, and the other characters treat him with affection and support. It doesn't seem like that should be so revolutionary, AND YET. Anyway, my deeply spoilery dissatisfaction with the story that won't matter for most teens, ...more
I really did not like this book. 90% of the plot is an adventure story about trying to survive a cave exploration gone wrong. I was gripped by the premise and the beginning of the book. Rich boy kills four in a car crash but gets off because he's got an expensive lawyer. Grant is suffering so much from the guilt that he plans to kill himself on the solo caving trek he is scheduled to take. Things go wrong in the cave and instead of killing himself he ends up being a savior. The ending has a BIG ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a fun YA read hovering somewhere around 3 and 4 stars for me. First 25% of the book really felt like a Catcher in the Rye wannabe and all the bougie whining about how hard life can be for a rich white boy got kind of annoying, not gonna lie. Once we get into the caving system, the action picks up but the ending felt really telegraphed for me. This wasn't helped by the fact that I just read We Were Liars like a month ago which has pretty much the exact same plot but I felt was more ...more
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Kim Liggett, originally from the rural midwest, moved to New York City to pursue a career in the arts. She's the author of Blood and Salt, Heart of Ash, The Last Harvest (Bram Stoker Award Winner), The Unfortunates, and The Grace Year. Kim spends her free time studying tarot and scouring Manhattan for rare vials of perfume and the perfect egg white cocktail.