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I Am Still Alive

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  2,683 ratings  ·  655 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 331 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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This is a decent story. I expected it to be about survival, and you know what, that’s exactly what it’s about.

Jess’ mother died, so she is sent to live with her elusive father in Alaska—er, I mean, Canada. Not that it makes much difference to the author since her idea of Canada is 10-months-lasting winters and lots of wild animals.

Look, that is not true, and I really don’t like when American authors – who probably haven’t even been to Canada before – use its stereotypical aspects to develop
Elise (TheBookishActress)
I feel like three stars always look a little weird, so let me clarify that this is a positive three-star rating. This is a compelling survival story that is marketed as a revenge story and I just… didn’t get exactly what I was hoping. But let’s be real, this was still entertaining.

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
Trina (Between Chapters)
Great survival story. Would recommend to anyone who loves that genre. There is ABSOLUTELY ZERO ROMANCE for those looking for that in a book.

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
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

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.

Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jess is alone. She is angry, hurt and struggling to stay alive. First she lost her mother in a car accident that left her injured and facing months of physical therapy. Then she was shipped off to live with her father in the Canadian wilderness. She barely remembers her father and she doesn't want to live with him in the middle of nowhere. No radio. No electricity. No nothing. Soon after she arrives, her dad is gone too and Jess is left to face the wilderness alone. Can she survive?

I love this
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, winner-winner
Every time I read a book like this I realize how very dead I would be if I ever got lost in the woods! Put me up in the wilderness of Canada or Alaska and throw me in complete darkness and snow - and forget it - I MIGHT last 5 minutes.

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
Susan's Reviews
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very well written survival book. First Jess's mother is killed in the same car accident that injures her leg. She is sent to live 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. (Spoiler Alert:) This notivel is action-packed and filled with riveting descriptions of the rugged but beautiful wilderness ...more
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
I love a good survival story but this story felt like a non-stop pity party from start to finish. I got so tired of listening to Jess cry and feel sorry for herself. It was just way too much. I seriously found myself having more sympathy for the dog, then I did Jess. It definitely needs more action and suspense and less whining!

*I received this ARC from First to Read in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holy shit this book was good.

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
Sep 27, 2018 marked it as to-read
Okay...I am putting this back on the shelf for now. Not because it is bad - the first 30 pages are really good, I just got bookmail I am geeking out over and need to start something from that stack now!
Erin Bowman
This was brutal. A modern, grown-up, gritty HATCHET. I loved it.
Gray Cox
First off, I know this is random but this book's cover and the title is a MOOD. I had a lot of fun today carrying it around my homeschool groups while wearing all black, black nail polish, and holding it up every time someone asked me how my week was.

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 of
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.
Jay G
Sep 28, 2018 rated it liked it
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3.5/5 Stars

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
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

**I received an ARC from Penguin in exchange for honest review**

YA Suspence/thriller/survival story
TW: blood & animal deaths

Full review on my channel :
Anna Schumacher
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed me by the throat and wouldn't let go. I stayed up WAY too late finishing it, even though I have a toddler and knew I'd be up at 6 am and hating life the next day. It was seriously that good.

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
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to First to Read for providing me a complimentary copy of I AM STILL ALIVE by Kate Alice Marshall in exchange for my honest review.***

——>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
When Jess and her mother are in a car crash which leaves her mother dead and her with a pile of physical limitations and injuries, she's sent to live with the father she's never known in Alaska. Or at least, she believes it's Alaska. She's picked up by a man working for her dad and deposited with him, and that's when we learn that the cabin they're sharing will be burned down and Jess will be left to survive on her own in this remote area.

Told in a before-after format for part of the book,
Vicky Who Reads
3 stars

These reviews are the hardest to write.

Positive reviews are just a lot of gushing. Negative reviews are just a lot of nitpicking. But smack dab in the middle 3 star reviews? Oooh, these are so hard.

There are pros and cons to this book, and in the end, it kind of felt like the pros and cons balanced each other out and made a very solid 3. Imagine it being red as the cons and green as the pros and this book is that brown you get when you mix red and green. Meh.

This book was so damn
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Am Still Alive is a pulse-pounding survival novel, epic and wild. There is no better beginning to an action adventure story than the character informing the reader that they are still alive when they should be dead. The prologue certainly gets the heart racing and it had me hooked on Jess’s story.

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
✰ Alexandra ✰
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you Edelweiss for providing me with a free ebook in exchange for an honest review!

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
Heather (The Sassy Book Geek)
Blog Tour Review Originally Posted On The Sassy Book Geek

**** Big thank you to Penguin and Viking Books For Young Readers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!****

Normally I wouldn’t enjoy a survival story, they tend to be long and tedious since there’s a lack of exciting things and dialogue. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I ended up enjoying “I Am Still Alive” it was an enthralling read! This may be a survival story but it’s also a story of revenge, and I
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, physical-2018
4.5 stars

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.


Full review can be found here:

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 rough life. Her dad left when she was very young and her mother was recently killed in a
I've already mentioned in my review of Notes from My Captivity how this is a more sadder and depressing story, which is kind of to be expected considering the MC lost everything and had to survive while being badly injured in the wilderness alone with a dog while only having revenge on her mind. Nice. The whole time I was reading I had a feeling I was also there in the Canadian wilderness, just trying to survive another day.

It was so realistic, sometimes it was even too realistic XD I mean,
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I am still alive" is Jess' mantra as she finds herself in the middle of the Alaskan or Canadian woods. She is in not sure exactly where she is. Everyone she loves is dead and no one is looking for her except maybe some bad guys. This is one of my favorite YA novel so far this year. I like that Jess has physical limitations and she is really not experienced on how to survive in the wilderness by herself. Yet, she perseveres even though she has many setbacks and nearly dies 10 times over. I loved ...more
Sarah Marie
I Am Still Alive by Kate Marshall

2 stars

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

laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Jess is on her way to Alaska to live with her father after a horrible car accident killed her mother and left her permanently injured.

But her father doesn't live in Alaska—he lives in a remote cabin in Canada, and he's gotten into trouble with some shady men.

Men who murder him and leave Jess alone in the wilderness.

She has no cabin.

No food.

No survival skills.

And she is still alive.

And the men who killed her father are coming back.
Overall, this is a four-star read.

I'm sure the four stars was
When I was a kid, one of my favorite books was My Side of the Mountain, in which a boy named Sam decides life in New York City isn't for him, so he runs away to the Catskill Mountains and learns how to be independent and to survive in the woods. I vividly remember reading about how he hollowed out a tree with fire to live in, and that he learned how to make pancakes from acorn flour to feed himself. I Am Still Alive reminds me of that novel, but with the added tension of having bad guys ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-btr
Great survival story but huge holes in the plot that I think anyone could detect. Would recommend this for younger teens...maybe fans of the I survived series.
Courtney Kelly
Sep 27, 2019 rated it liked it
An entertaining read, despite the many inconsistencies of Canadian flora and fauna. Which likely irked me more than most being a Canadian environmental biologist.
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