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 ...more
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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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 ...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
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 ...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.
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 ...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 ...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 ...more
Told in a before-after format for part of the book, ...more
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 ...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 ...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
**** 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 ...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 rough life. Her dad left when she was very young and her mother was recently killed in a ...more
It was so realistic, sometimes it was even too realistic XD I mean, ...more
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...more
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 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 ...more