I Am Still Alive
Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.
Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Ca ...more
Alternating between Before and After timelines, I Am Still Alive follows teenager, Jess, who has moved to Canada to live with her survivalist, off-the-grid father. A man she has been estranged from for years.
Battered, bruised and grieving, Jess has recently survived a car crash in which her mother was killed.
Like losing your mom isn't hard enough. Like losing the strength in your own body isn't hard enough. Now Jess has to leave the only life she has ever known behind and move to th ...more
So, my main thought about this is that this is very well-written, but it's essentially just a survival story and doesn't go much beyond.
Maybe my main problem was that… I just didn’t get exactly what I wanted? The rev ...more
Audiobook: Loved it, would recommend this format.
Disability rep: The character has a new to her disability at the start of the book. She often refers to herself as "broken" but a later scene does show her checking her own thoughts about disability. Her father shuns physical therapy and he makes no accomodations for her disability, has a mindset of "nature wi ...more
First, Jess's mother is killed in the same car accident that injures her leg. Then, Jess is sent to live up north with her father, an extreme survivalist. Despite herself, Jess learns how to survive out in the wilderness. Her experiences and many mistakes help her grow as a person. Her enormous love for her dog Bo was the heartbreak romance in this novel.
This novel is action-packed and filled with riveting descriptions of the rugged but beautiful wilderness - " ...more
I liked this book well enough. I decided to read this book because the premise sounded rather interesting. Having never read this author before, I really didn't go into the book with too many expectations. I found it to be a pretty easy read that I did enjoy. I did feel like there was something missing from the story that could have taken it to the next level for me but I am glad that I took a chance and decided to read this one.
I love this b ...more
Jess is alone. Her mother dies in a car crash, severely injuring here and now she's got no-one. She's only 16, and is in turn, forced to go live with her estranged father who she hasn't seen in about 12 years. Dad is a homesteader, and off-the-grid, he hates the go ...more
*I received this ARC from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!
It kind of reminded me of The Martian (I mean, duh, it is a survival book) though instead of space Jess is stuck in the middle of nowhere in Canada.
Which to me makes it 100 times scarier because I may never make it to Mars but I can sure as hell get lost in the middle of the forest (might be able to get lost in my own backyard--though I'd deny it). And you know what, I can't say I would be as resourceful or strong or patient or just pretty fricking ballsy as Jess is ...more
The prominent theme of this book is survival. A young girl is thrust into the cold Canadian wilderness when her mother died in a car crash and she has to live with her father, a mountai ...more
With elements of Winter's Bone and Into the Wild, it's a harrowing tale of a girl stuck in the wilderness who just can't seem to catch a break—but holy crap, this character has heart! Even when everything seems to be going against her, she manages to find some new way of thinking or innovat ...more
This was tense, thrilling, and compelling! A 16 year old girl is stranded in the Alaskan wilderness for months on end with no survival knowledge. She has no parents, no guide, no mentor, and no help. And winter is approaching swiftly. This book kept me on my toes for its entirety, and I didn't want to set it down. Not sure why I didn't wanna give it a 5, but a 4.5 is still a highly respectable rating in my opinion. ...more
It was amazing.
Secondly, this was a decent read. I don't have many praises or complaints, it wasn't bad but it didn't blow my mind.
I do wish Jess had a few tougher moments because she went on about being stronger but we never saw a /whole/ lot o ...more
I was hooked and tore through this in no time. I was also reminded that I probably would not survive in the wilderness on my own.
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I thought I knew what I was getting into when I picked up this book from Penguin Teen but I was wrong. What a roller coaster of a thriller!
Short recap: Teenager Jess (aka Sequoia) has had a very roug ...more
Jess Cooper is left alone in the middle of nowhere after witnessing the murder of her father and the cabin she was living in burn to the ground. With Bo, her father's dog as her only companion, Jess must survive winter while waiting for the men to return.
Although entertaining at times, I found this story to be a bit slow for my liking. There were some points that were fast- ...more
P.s never finish a book you can’t stand.
This book made me feel things, friends. It's evocative, tense, and compelling and made my heart ...more
Teenage Jess had recently been debilitated in a car crash that killed her mother, put her in the charge of foster care, and set her to live with her father whom she hadn't lived with (or seen but once) since she was six months old.
Jess had no idea her father would be a survivalist, living so off-the-grid that he had no neighbors and the only way t ...more
BOOK TAGS⇢ SURVIVAL/OFF THE GRID ⁝ WITH A SIDE OF REVENGE ⁝ AN AWESOME DOG...IS THERE ANY OTHER KIND??? ⁝ CRINGE-WORTHY SCENES OF FIELD DRESSING ⁝ THE END MADE ME CRY
At its heart, this is a survival story, but it also has a subplot consisting of revenge.
Jess, is 16 (turns 17 during the course of her survival/revenge tour), and she is like most teenagers these days...whiny and not always thinking of the big picture, or even able to learn from her mistakes. She a ...more
Told in a before-after format for part of the book, Mars ...more
This was my first book by Marshall but I hope tp read some more by her soon.
Jess is completely alone in the wilderness. Her father is gone and the cabin is burned down. She has to survive with only her dad’s dog and a few scavenged supplies from the remains of the cabin. Jess knows she doesn’t have a long time to time survive before the cold kills her. She must seek out food, build a shelter, and keep herself warm. She has to stay alive because she wants revenge on the men who killed her father and put her in this predicament in t...more
Before, Jess has been flown to the middle of nowhere to live with her dad. Injured from the car accident that killed her mother, the last place she wants to be is living in the wilderness with a man s ...more
——>WARNING: dead animals, some graphic <———— (If I had known this I’d never have requested the ARC)
Following her mother’s death, Jess now lives with her father in the middle of the woods. When he’s murdered, she must survive long enough to be rescued.
Kate Alice Marshall’s writing is the strongest component of this survival story. Her words, all action, b ...more
It’s too soon for many coherent thoughts, but I really really enjoyed it. Bo is my sweetheart. I loved the writing. Jess’ growth and flaws were great to see. Just damn.
M o n t h s later, I bring you just a few coherent thoughts. I loved the switches between "before" and "after;" I thought they added to the suspense and mystery of the story. Jess was a wonderful character to watch grow; she had genuine flaws and made real ...more
3.25/3.5 out of 5 stars
So, when I requested this book, the main element I was excited about was it being a survival story since I had not picked up one of those in a long time, and well, that’s exactly what I got.
This story follows Jess and the events leading up to her treacherous journey to stay alive in the Alaskan wilderness. The narration flips back and forth between the past and how she ended up there ...more