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Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systemsRobie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.And then... she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way....

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The Raft Reviews

  • karen
    2018-11-21 09:36

    NO NO NOBAD BAD BADPUNCH PUNCH PUNCHspoiler alert: this book is not very goodseriously, i am not the one to come to for one-star book reviews. i rarely give a book one star. so you know when i hate a book, i HAAAATE a book. and i hated this one with every part of me that there is.this book has the most infuriating "protagonist" that i have ever encountered, ever.'s a quick nature lesson from the book:the young albatross touched down in the water when they got tired. some of them didn't understand they had to fold in their wings, because once their wings got wet, they couldn't fly. so the stupid ones held their wings out as they sat in the water, but they weren't strong enough to keep them up for long, so of course they drooped until they touched the water and the feathers got wet. then the young birds couldn't take off. and they were doomed.this is called "survival of the fittest" in the animal kingdom. and these birds become food for tiger sharks, and cannot live long enough to pass on their "stupid" what have we established here? our protagonist is aware that stupid doesn't survive. so why then, after a plane crash, (view spoiler)[a plane crash that SHE CAUSED (hide spoiler)], leaves her bobbing on a raft in the middle of the ocean, do the following passages occur??i put the flashlight in my mouth and got up on my knees. i peeled off the wax, said a silent prayer, and pointed the flare towards the direction of the plane. i pulled the fuse and held out the flare with one hand, keeping the other tight on the side of the raft. sparks flew out and with a great rushing whistle, the flare went off. and up. the cylinder in my hand was empty. all the fireworks followed an arc up into the sky where they lasted about ten seconds then dispersed into small stars trickling back down. my mouth dropped open, and the flashlight fell into the water. "no!" i grabbed for it but it was too late, and could only watch the light spiral down and around, down and around, growing fainter and fainter, then finally fading away.oh. my. god.amazing.but wait.taking a deep breath, i put my foot over the side and started to slide out of the raft and into the water. but then i locked my elbows on the edge,refusing to go farther. my weight on the side of the empty raft made it flip over, trapping me underneath. i screamed and grabbed for the raft, pushing it up. "get it off! get it off!" even though, for the moment, i could breathe just fine within the pocket of air between me and the capsized raft, the feeling of my legs just hanging there, treading, was more than i could take. "get it off me!" i screamed. i couldn't stand it anymore and didn't wait for max. instead, i shoved up with all my strength, throwing the raft off me. as i did, the ditty bag attached to my arm slipped off. i grabbed for it, catching it by the bottom. red and green and purple and yellow and orange dots rained down around me, some pelting me. skittles. "no!"i scrambled, splashing as i tried to grab them, but they were everywhere, sinking. how could i have forgotten to close the bag?wow. way to panic unnecessarily and lose your entire food supply. too bad you didn't close that bag.with all the birds, there had to be eggs on the island. but even if i did get up the nerve to eat one, there was no way to cook them. i stubbed my toe and reached down to pick up the blue culprit. a plastic cigarette lighter. i opened my hand and let it drop back to the sand. there were thousands of them on the beaches at midway, and looking around, i saw them everywhere. useless.hmmm. it's like you were just talking about needing fire and then you found a lighter. useless, indeed.and it's not like these are the end of her stupid moves.maybe finish reading the survival at sea card that is right there in the boat with you? i mean, what else are you going to do? instead, she skims it, and misses out on vital information that could have come in handy, oh, days ago.and maybe obey the instructions, instead of thinking you know better. because you don't. you have proved that numerous times.oh, and you just got your nose pierced and were warned against getting seawater in it and now you are trapped at sea on a raft and it is getting infected and painful because of all the seawater? take out your nose ring. for real. just take it you need more discomfort while you are suffering from exposure and all that. dummy.and all the whining from this terrible klutzy dummy:-i didn't want to-i decided to ignore-i'm not going back out there-no. i couldn't.-i flung myself onto the wet sand and lay there.i didn't have to do anything.i just had to lie there. lie there and bleed to death.lie there and die.i didn't care. i didn't have to do anything.i didn't.yup. it's true. you don't.and it just keeps going(view spoiler)[when her raft lands on an island, she doesn't explore it for useful items. she finds a knife, and she is just like lalala, going to read some of this journal now...she has to kill a seal that is suffering after a shark attack, but SHE DOESN'T EVEN EAT IT!!! and then, when its baby comes bobbling around and she accidentally kills that, too, in trying to save it,(nothing lives very long around her) finally she decides to try to eat it, but nope. she can't do it. too sad.and she is not a vegetarian or anything, she just is too stupid to survive. (hide spoiler)]sometimes, words fail me.on my stomach, i started to stroke with my arms as i kicked. but i didn't like the water coming up in my face, and the ditty bag on my arm hampered my progress. so i flipped over on my back. even as a kid, i had done okay on my back. i breathed out. that was better. much better. i didn't feel like anything was dangling. but i also couldn't see where i was going, could only guess. i pulled with my arms and kicked for a count of ten, then stopped to turn and see where the raft was. after doing that three or four times, i realized i wasn't even gaining on the raft. i might even be losing. so i did the dog paddle, which seemed even slower than my backstroke had been. max was close behind me and called out, "you need to swim on your stomach. just aim for the raft, hold your breath, and go." i didn't want that is nearly slapstick in its inefficiency and teenage whininess. how can you root for this girl? a girl who refused to put on her life vest as the plane was going down and then yelled at the man who threw her out of the plane, saving her life.(view spoiler)[ again - her fault about the plane crash. and that man dies. even though in some incredibly unconvincing misdirection, you are supposed to believe he is still alive throughout the book despite all the INSANELY OBVIOUS clues that he is dead. (hide spoiler)]wow. just wow.this book has some very interesting information about albatrosses, if you are interested, but seems to believe that sharks are stalkers that come about at the most inopportune times to eat stuff you need, when you are adrift at sea. bizarre.there is more i want to yell about, but i am incredibly drained. i was so looking forward to this book, and i borrowed it from work practically the day it came out and read it on one sitting, but it was the worst one-sitting read i have ever suffered through, and there were many shouts of dismay from me until i decided to just give up on liking it and laugh at it instead.i feel kind of bad about my one-star rating, but i didn't write the trainwreck, and this book was asking for it.

  • Jo
    2018-11-18 05:15

    This book is going to be difficult to review because I am in two minds.On one hand, I like that it wasn’t POW POW POW SO EXCITING OMG OMG LOOKING EVERYTHING THAT IS HAPPENING AND OH MY GOD IS THAT A POLAR BEAR?!Ms Bodeen showed the monotony of being stranded on a raft. Thankfully, I have never been in a plane crash and the closest I’ve ever been to being stranded on a raft is when my brother once stole the paddles of the dinghy and pushed me into the middle of a swimming pool. But I imagine that it is incredibly repetitive and boring. So, yes, this book was realistic. But then on the other hand: This book was repetitive and boring. I know it’s a Catch 22 because if it had been POW POW POW etc etc, I would have probably moaned that it was unrealistic. Hey, I never said I was being fair.The writing seemed almost clinical and removed but I wanted more panic and peril. Robie described the plane crashing in the same tone as she did when she described watching a Battlestar Galactica marathon on TV. I mean, I’ve never seen Battlestar Galactica and I know a lot of people love it and it’s exciting, but surely a plane crash would get your blood pumping just a little bit more?I didn’t like Robie. She was so frustrating. And I’m not saying I’d be the best person in a situation like that because I wouldn’t be. I’d be awful company, but I would like to think I wouldn’t be so stupid. You’re in the middle of an ocean and there is a chance you might never be rescued and there are sharks circling and you’re whinging because your nose ring is hurting? Um…All she seemed to do was moan, eat Skittles and then have a nap. Seriously. If you exchanged Skittles for Minstrels, that’s a day in the life for me and there is a reason why no one has written a book about my life.….yet.Also, about 15% through I made a little note on a passage that said “HA…oh god, I bet [blank] LOLOLOL” (my review notes are most scientific), thinking that there was no way that was going to happen. Heh heh… guess what happened?Oyy. I thought I was going to adore this book, it sounded so different but unfortunately, for me anyway, it fell short. I received a copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley.

  • Juhina
    2018-11-25 05:37

    The Raft was such a fast read. I was gobbling up the book and finished it in one sitting. While I was on a 7 hour airplane ride. Now I only mentioned where I read this book because The Raft is about an airplane ride gone wrong. The airplane crashes and the main protagonist ends up having to survive using only a raft and Max. So imagine how my nerves were every time we hit turbulence; my stomach would drop down to my feet. However I believe that actually made me enjoy the book even more! Robie always takes flights from where she lives to Honolulu whenever she feels like taking a break from her town and visiting her aunt. However due to some circumstances, her aunt had to leave and Robie stayed home alone at her aunt's house with the condition that her aunt's friend would check on her everyday, but what are the odds when the friend calls AFTER the aunt leaves and tells Robie she can't come and to tell her aunt that she's sorry. Of course Robie wanting to experience freedom says thank you to the friend and never mentions it to her aunt. One night Robie almost got robbed at night and was so scared that she went to the cargo airplane that was about to take off and asked if she can ride this flight. However when the air turbulence got so bad to the point of crashing, the co-pilot Max, throws Robie off the airplane and into an inflatable raft and jumps after her. This is when the survival lessons begin. I am always fascinated by the survival stories. How can a person survive through days without water? or alone in a place no one will find you without losing your mind? How can a sheltered girl somehow becomes strong in thinking and skills when it is required? Our bodies seem to always surprise and exceed the limitations we put on them during these times, and our brains also seem to know how to act in such situations. Robie is an example of that. She took care of Max, he was always asleep because of his concussion, she learnt quickly how to get food, water, to keep her mind busy before she lost it and to never lose hope. From time to time Max would wake up and talk about himself, which seems to be the only connection she had to human life. She was a true survivor. The way S.A. Bodeen wrote The Raft with just one setting, one person, and barely another conscious one was just addicting. When I first started The Raft I had my reservations: How can I read about one person thinking throughout the whole book in one setting without much interaction? let me just say again that I could NOT put the book down no matter how sleepy I got. It was pure enthrallment. As for the ending, boy was that an emotional ending, you might think this is a simple survival novel, but what S.A. Bodeen threw at the end totally shocked me and had me shouting "WOW! Genius!!". I will not post any spoilers in case you want to read it. The Raft was another amazing survival novel that strengthened my love for survival novels even more! With so little to work with, I mean it is set in a RAFT, S.A. Bodeen knew how to keep the readers hooked and unable to stop her novel till the end!

  • Kayla Anderson
    2018-11-27 08:33

    WARNING. THIS MAY CONTAIN SOME SPOILERS. BUT ONLY TO GET MY POINT ACROSSOk, When I say this book is bad.. It's a TRUE understatement. The whole book, plot and everything seems SO FORCED. The reason why she's too scared to stay in Honolulu -FORCED AND NOT PRACTICAL No random homeless guy is going to pull on your hair and NO ONE is going to say anything before he's too close for comfort. PLUS Some homeless guy isn't gonna scare you to the point that you just wanna go home. Just an act of poor planning/ "I need to find a reason of why she's on this plane in the first place."Her staying alone - NOT PRACTICAL no one in their right mind lets a 15 yr old stay at an apartment by herself for a week . The reason why her parents don't know she's coming back home - FORCED the whole "the phones are down" excuse seems like one of those excuses you tell someone when you don't want to talk to them. It seems like it was one of those ... off the top of the head kinda of things. No thought into it at all..Why she isn't weighed before she gets on the plane - NO ANSWER all Robie does is blame it this chick who is absent that day. There's no way that's she's just sleeping and just gets up and gets on the plane without weighing her. She KNOWS that the plane can only hold 3,800 lb with one engine. You can't blame her stupidity on her age. Any teenager in their right mind would ask to be weighed before she gets on this raggedy piece of crap.When the plane crashed and somehow Larry didn't get out. Looks like Bodeen forgot about Larry! and since she did they just said "oh well, lets just make him die." It makes absolutely NO sense why he wouldn't have already been on the raft before Max threw Robie out.The whole MAX being dead - PREDICTABLE I saw it coming! When she always said he was "sleeping" and how he would "stop in the middle of stories" and miraculously wake up and finish them. It became a clear giveaway when 1. He hadn't eaten ANYTHING. (at least robie had skittles)2. When she PUSHED him off of the raft and he DIDN'T wake up.THEN the Max being dead story gets SO CONFUSING when she starts yelling at him saying he's dead. BUT THEN later in the chapter (or maybe the next one) she says he's not there PHYSICALLY. THEN Robie lays her head on his shoulder in the next chapter. -_- REALLY!?Max going to a Taylor Swift concert - WHAT?! Uhm, lets do some figures.. If max has gone to pilot school or whatever he has to be somewhere in his mid twenties. Im guessing maybe 25-27. Lets do some research. Her first tour started in 09. meaning he had to be from the ages of 23-25. WHAT?! it says they were in HIGH SCHOOL there's no way he could've been 23-25 in high school. Another example of poor planning/ just throwing sh*t together. I understand that it's fiction but some of it is a HUGE stretch. Not only is the plot forced and "wanting to slap the author" written, sometimes you just want to yell at Robie! Like,I've seen some reviews where they say "Well robie is annoying but maybe a 15-16 yr old relates to her. HECK NO! I'm 16 and I think shes probably one of the most annoying pros I've ever read! She act more like a sheltered 8 yr old. Ok in one of the chapters she said she need a paddle so she can try to steer the raft. So she find this santa. The way Robie describes it, its pretty large. Then Robie says it's just a "good luck charm". WHAT!? You JUST said you needed a paddle and you find a make shift one and you NEVER mention the word paddle again! A good.. "slap robie in the face" moment. Then when Robie is on the island and says she needs fire.. You find TONS of lighters on this island with the fluid in them and it takes you two days to finally realize to stop beating around the bush killing seals and watching f*cking birds and finding dead bodies and sh*t to make a fire. -_- another "Slap Robie in the face" moment. Not only is Robie annoying as hell, Bodeen leaves these TERRIBLE Cliff hangers at the end of most of the chapters!Like one of the chapters ends with her feeling bumps under the raft and she thinks it's a shark. WELL WE'RE ONLY ON PAGE 125 OUT OF 231. WE KNOW A SHARK IS NOT GOING TO EAT HER. Bottom line, compared to all of her other books (which were AMAZING) this one is full of forced, pointless plot, poor plot planning and a stupid child - like Protagonist.

  • Kelli
    2018-11-27 07:13

    I don't know what is more interesting...this book OR the fact that this is the second book in a row that I have read about survival after a plane crash. I worry it might be the latter. I'm not quite sure how this happened except to say that I have been looking for fast-paced, easy reads lately and I'm kind of known for putting books on hold with abandon! Anyway, two survival books in a row and I found neither to be particularly memorable. I can't see myself recommending either book but they were both decent enough. This one, The Raft, is YA. I think I finished this in under two hours. Short chapters and some tension kept me involved in the story. This felt very YA, with some plot holes and a twist that was obvious to me but may have been surprising to younger readers. I wish I had more to say about it but I just don't. 3 stars?

  • Lindsey Lynn
    2018-11-24 08:23

    4/5 Stars!Summary:Have you ever thought about what you would do it your plane went down in the middle of the ocean? Well this gives us a pretty good idea. Robie is on her way back to Midway Atoll from Honolulu and visiting her aunt. The trip is a bit unplanned but she's flown a lot so no need to worry. Right?Dislikes:I would have liked a bit more set up in the beginning and possibly a bit more meat to the book in general.Likes:The plot twist. Seriously did not see that coming at all and was shocked. It almost made me feel more fear for Robie. This was quick and something I could not put down. I read it all in one sitting.Overall:I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would. I am so terrified to fly now. haha But in all seriousness, this novel is a thriller to the core. The description is spot on and helps put us in Robie's shoes. You never know what will happen around the next corner.

  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    2018-11-23 04:26

    Right away I related to Robie in this story. I too remember being home alone with my over active imagination, completely freaking myself out at night. It is no wonder she left the island early to go home instead of spending another scary night all by herself, I would have done the same thing.Of course I would hope that I would have at least told someone where I was going, a note maybe? Something?And then the worst happens. Something that everyone fears and thinks about as they board a plane to take off, her plane went down. The engines have failed. The inevitable happens. They crash into the water.And her whole world has changed.I am going to admit, I started to wonder with the events going on leading to Robie's time in the raft if she wasn't a bit selfish. I know she is only 15 but sometimes her concern for Max's safety and helping him (who is injured) just to me.I couldn't quite figured out what was always going on with them in the story. There were many clues that for whatever reason I just did not pick up.Maybe I was too tired while reading this one and the clues were just lost on me, or maybe it was intended to be that way so when all was reveled it left you reeling and shocked (which is successfully did as well for me).Either way, this book was skillfully done and truly was a very interesting read.It is hard to write anything as I don't want to give away the events of the story but this one is truly a tale of survival and doing what has to be done to live even when it goes against everything you ever thought you would do.This was a great debut novel and I think we can expect some great things from this author in the future.3.5 Stars!

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
    2018-12-05 12:20

    Ugh. Someone's been watching far too many Tom Hanks movies. And I don't just mean me. I'll try to review this soon, but how do you even review the dullest book ever?

  • Sarah
    2018-12-19 08:14

    2.5 stars{This review originally appeared on Clear Eyes, Full Shelves.}I am desperately seeking a kick-ass survival book. If I hear that a book involves lifeboats and/or being marooned on a island, I am all over it.As a result, I had high hopes for S.A. Bodeen’s young adult survival novel, The Raft. Unfortunately, like the other survival story I read this year, The Lifeboat, The Raft didn’t live up to my (very high) expectations. With that said, I think there’s an audience that will enjoy this lost-at-sea, Hatchet-style novel.Robie is a 15-year old with an unusual life. Her parents are researchers and she lives on Midway Island. She frequently hops a ride on the cargo plane between Midway and Honolulu, where her aunt lives and has a measure of independence that’s unusual for someone so young. It’s on one of these trips to visit her aunt that she leaves suddenly, following a frightening encounter with a stranger on the street. Because the phone lines are down and her aunt is out of town, no one knows that Robie’s headed back to Midway.On the flight back, the plane experiences engine trouble and crashes into the sea. The co-pilot she’s never met before, Max, tosses her a life vest and deploys the plane’s lifeboat. Suddenly she and Max are alone in in the boat, adrift at sea. They have no water. They have no food (except a single bag of Skittles). There are sharks. It’s cold, it’s miserable and their only hope is that someone finds the raft—and soon.Alone with the stinging of my scalp. Alone with the pain in my chest. Alone with the rain on my face. Alone with my freezing wet clothes, clammy dead weight against my skin. My breathing slowed. Alone with the truth…The Raft focuses squarely on Robie’s struggle to survive at sea. She copes with sharks (a lot of sharks), mind-numbing twist and the pains of hunger.This half of the story moves very quickly, but it never feels all that scary. It’s an interesting thing when the plot moves quickly, but it’s not engaging. I broke my Kindle while I was reading this book and even though I’d nearly finished, it took me weeks to remember that I needed to return to it. The quick pacing without tension just didn’t work for me. I wanted Robie to be terrified, or proactive, or completely morose. Instead, it felt like she was going through the paces of survival because she knew that she was in a YA novel. I knew that she was scared of the sharks, because I’m told that Robie’s scared of the sharks, not because I could ever feel her terror. I did, however, appreciate the many little touches that shined a light on the environmental issues faced by the world’s oceans.“Ouch!” I’d stepped on something sharp and I looked down. An albatross chick, only a skeleton, still half feathered with silvery black down, most of the body eaten by crabs. I grabbed a stick and probed inside the ribs, what used to be the gullet, poking at a pile of red plastic. Caps from plastic bottles, fake plastic cherries, even a red toy soldier missing one arm. I shook my head. One of that season’s chicks whose parents had inadvertently killed it. When adult albatross fished on the surface of the ocean, they mainly feasted on squid eggs. But, with all the garbage in the ocean, this chick’s parents must have honed in on the color red, and ended up filling their chick’s belly with plastic. So it starved to death even though it thought its belly was full. It had been full, just full of the wrong stuff.It makes sense that Robie is aware of these issues because of her parents’ work and living on Midway. For a younger audience, this exposition—which is well-integrated into the context of the story—could be very enlightening and moving. I’ve heard that parent-child book clubs are a thing these days, and because of this (and several of the decisions Robie has to make), The Raft would make an excellent book for discussion in a group like that. I had other two big issues with The Raft.The first was that animal death is used quite a bit to create tension and emotion, and I am just so weary of that plot device. It’s not graphic or anything (otherwise, I would have stopped reading), but this is one of my hot button issues, so it’s got to be done very, very well for me not to be bothered. Obviously, in a survival book, there’s a high likelihood of animals dying. But, it was crafted in a way that it was used to illustrate Robie’s emotions (these moments are one of the few times she really seems to experience authentic emotion). The second is that I wished that the psychological implications of what happened would have been explored more. This is a short book, I know, but I felt like that wasn’t addressed as much as I would have liked (the book focuses very much on the physical survival aspect). The Raft had the misfortune of landing in my reading sequence shortly after Miracle, which is an equally short book that explores the aftermath of a plane crash. The subtle peeling away of the damage resulting from being a sole survivor was so well done in Elizabeth Scott’s book that even though The Raft dealt with immediate, physical survival, I wanted more in terms of the emotional side of the story. There’s a pretty big twist about two-thirds in, which I suspected, but it made a lot of sense for the story. I think younger readers (I’m thinking middle school age), however, will find the twist fairly shocked and thrilling. But as someone who’s read a number of this type of book, I called it early on.And that’s a bit of the lingering frustration I had with The Raft. While it’s marketed as a teen title, it felt a bit young, more like something for the 11-13 year old crowd. The messages are pretty clear and somewhat heavy-handed and there’s not the nuance that I’m used to reading in many YA novels. However, if it were marketed to the younger crowd, I would feel very differently about The Raft. I know it’s pretty typical for tweens to “read up,” so perhaps that was the intent with this story?Interestingly, while I love survival stories, I generally find fictional ones to be lacking the tension and compelling human drama found in excellent non-fiction accounts such as Into Thin Air.I always find myself feeling like the stakes aren’t high enough, that everything falls into place too conveniently, when the very nature of survival is inconvenient. Furthermore, in great non-fiction accounts the survival stories and human stories are interwoven—in novels they often fall too strongly in one direction or the other. Perhaps I simply need to abandon my search for an excellent fictional version when there are so many outstanding real accounts that far exceed that which an author can imagine. FNL Character Rating: Early Julie TaylorDisclosure: Received for review from the publisher via NetGalley.

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2018-11-27 09:11

    Bullet Review:This actually wasn't half-bad. Sure I think it was better done in "Life of Pi", but I finished it on a 4-hour flight so hey, that's awesome!Full Review:Robie is staying with her Aunt "AJ" when AJ needs to leave for a "consulting" gig (what she consults, I never really knew). She was going to stay by herself, but a near miss with Random Dude in Honolulu scares her off and she heads home to the Midway Islands where her parents, research scientists, are staying. But she slips on the plane without anyone knowing (???), and then the plane comes crashing down. Now she must stay alive on a raft in the middle of the Pacific and hope that someone comes to find her - even though no one knows where she is.This is basically a little bit of "Life of Pi" with a dash of "Gravity" thrown in. So basically, been-there, done-that, got the t-shirt - but at least it was interesting and defied some of the stereotypes I was sure that Bodeen would use.Robie wasn't the most "likeable" of characters - certainly not like Pi Patel or Sandra Bullock's character in Gravity. (BTW, yeah, I get that "Gravity" had a lot of coincidences and goofiness, but I FREAKIN' LOVED IT SO STFU!!) However, I was impressed that she really took her survival in her own hands and DID something. She survived based on her wits and her knowledge of marine life, and that really made me respect her. She had her screamy, out of control moments, which were a bit annoying, but they didn't define her, they didn't hold her back and make her useless.There is a "twist" of sorts in the book, which I pretty much guessed, but I still respected it. (view spoiler)[Max is dead, but Robie is bringing him back for company, reading his journal and pretending he is there to support her. (hide spoiler)] It would have been very easy to make this a "romance", but Bodeen didn't go there.Also, throughout the book, Robie makes some tough choices. She is trying to survive, and some of her decisions are based on her need to stay alive and eat. This isn't the Hollywood, "Everyone is OK in the end" type of decision either, and I definitely respected Bodeen for "going there".This wasn't the most earth-shattering, unique survival book out there, but it was smart enough, entertaining enough for me to finish in a 4 hour flight (less because I slept through part of the flight and finished WELL before we landed). I think older teens could appreciate it, and it sure gives you more to think about and ponder afterwards than far too many young adult (and adult!) novels.3.5 rounded up to 4.

  • Chanelle
    2018-12-06 11:24

    This was a fast moving book. It was full of tension and twists. I got through it in a few hours not only because it had a great pace, but because I was fixated on the story, needing to know how it ended.Fifteen-year-old Robie lives with her parents on a small island in Hawaii. There's dodgy internet, only three channels on the TV, and nothing for a girl to do. Her only saving grace is her cool, single aunt who lives on the main land, and Robie can go and stay there whenever. But when a lack of communication leads to Robie boarding a plane back home without anyone knowing, the worst happens. The plane crashes into the sea and Robie is left to survive with nothing but a raft.It was actually really interesting to read about survival tactics. What kinds of fish you can eat, how to get water when there's no water around. Robie was very resourceful. A real special kind of girl. There were times she could have just given up and let death take her, but she fought and fought. Very inspiring. There was a twist I didn't see coming too, which I won't spoil, and actually, it explained away what was then my biggest complaint of the story. It all suddenly made sense then! I do wish the sharks would have been a bigger threat, though. Like they were circling the raft rather than what they were actually doing. Sometimes, Robie's explanations of some of nature (like the birds) was a little much to get through and I found it taking away from the tension. Some of it was helpful to know, but mostly, it was a little distracting.I did really enjoy this book though. I thought it was done really realistically and I learned a few things about survival too! 4 stars.

  • Savannah (Books With Bite)
    2018-12-17 09:15

    An amazing book from start to finish, I loved it. So many emotions of fear, uncertainty, guilt, etc flowing through the reader. What I enjoyed most about this book is the great plot line of being out on sea, ALL ALONE. No food, no water, no cell phone, no ONE! And the worst part, the thought that you could possibly die a slow death if no one finds you. I admit that, that thought right there makes me shiver. I think I'd go crazy or worse kill myself so that I don't have to do it slowly. How Robie manged to endure all this terror is beyond me.There's no love interest but there is a great friendship. Being out there with one other person to share the stress that you are going through is helpful. Max is great at keeping Robie calm as well as sane. There are times where she wants to break down, then Max comes in, bringing her back to the surface.There is an awesome twist in the end. It made me smile. I had no seen that last bit coming and have to admit that the author did a great job, investing in the reader in the character.The Raft is an brutal, emotional story that steals the reader away. Skillfully blended emotions, allow the reader to fully put themselves in Robie's shoes. An enjoyable moving story, The Raft is highly recommended!

  • Riya
    2018-12-09 10:31

    I've been feeling in the mood for a survival novel for a long time, so when I spotted The Raft in the bookstore, I was ecstatic. It promised everything I wanted in a book right then: sharks, a plane crash, and a raft. Even though I finished this book yesterday, I really can't remember much about it, which only happens when a book just doesn't do it for me or when I'm incredibly tired. Since I'd just come back rested from my holidays, I gather it was the former. For me The Raft was a lightning-quick read that was gripping, tense, and exciting, but not by any means memorable.Our two main characters in the book are Max and Robie. Robie, a fifteen-year-old who's spent her whole life living on an isolated island in Hawaii with her two parents, was frustrating. Sure, at times she was likable and easy to understand and get along with, but most of the time she was whiny and weak. Most of her sentences began with 'I can't', 'I don't', or 'I'm not'. Sometimes I just felt like slapping her! Bodeen, if you're going to write us a survival story, at least include a strong MC who we can, and want to, root for? Max wasn't really present in the book (you'll see why later on) and he spent most of his time sleeping, except for the times when he would just randomly start talking about himself...The writing style was way too repetitive in my opinion, and centered mainly around Robie's feelings and actions. At one point I felt like the author would start saying 'Watch Robie eat! Watch Robie sleep! Uh-oh, the big bad shark is coming for Robie, what will she do?!' But even that would have been more entertaining than having to painstakingly read about Robie counting skittles, and then sorting them into their respective colors (btw guys, Robie doesn't like the brown ones!) Useful, right? No.Survival stories (true and made up ones) affect me like nothing else, they're so fascinating and really tug at my heart strings - how can anyone endure that much pain, torture, whatever, and get through it? But of course, they have to be well-written, and The Raft just wasn't. The twist in the end, though, I have to admit, was really well done. I didn't see it coming at all! And then everything made sense. Not the irritating writing structure or annoying MC, but just, you know, some other parts of the book. While I know I've been raving about just how much this book wasn't for me and how frustrating it was, I finished it in a mere two hours, because if nothing else, it is gripping, exciting, nerve-wracking, and I suppose not a complete waste of time.

  • ⓢ✯ⓘ✯ⓔ✯ⓡ✯ⓡ✯ⓐ
    2018-11-22 06:18

    It was really good! I'm very impressed! It's just AWFUL what Robie went through. I know she's a fictional character, but I really admire her with everything she went through after that plane crash.

  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    2018-11-26 09:28

    ♥ Find my reviews on Blogger ~ Reviews by Bookish Sarah - - -4.5 starsThat Raft is the story of 15-year-old Robie. She lives with her parents on Midway Atoll in the Hawaiian Islands. An island where the phones & internet can go down for days at a time, there are only 3 channels on cable, everyone knows everyone... and Robie is the only teenager on the entire little island. So, Robie visits her aunt in Honolulu as much as she can. The Raft opens up to one of these visits.Robie is disappointed when her aunt gets called away for business and she has to cut her visit short. The phones are down at Midway, so Robie boards a service flight (a flight that takes supplies and food items to the island - so it's just the pilot, co-pilot, and Robie on the plane) without letting anyone know. When that plane goes down into the Pacific, Robie and the co-pilot, Max, are the only ones to make it out alive. The pilot sinks right along with the plane. With Max's help, Robie makes it into the yellow life raft he inflated as the plane was going down. The two of them are left with no water, no food but a single bag of Skittles, and nothing but the vast ocean in sight.Robie asks herself “What's worse than this?” - and soon finds out.- - -Let me first list my one complaint about this book. Robie would yammer on and on about these friggin' seabirds! I mean, pages and pages of explanations on their mating habits, egg laying, eggs hatching, birds learning to fly, getting eaten up by sharks, making nests, yadda yadda yadda! I mean, it just went on and on and on. I wanted to skip ahead because it was just too much. It didn't really have a point either.Okie dokie, Robie was a character that had to grow on me. At first she seemed so frivolous and shallow that I thought I would dislike her, but after the plane went down and she began having to fight for her life, she changed. She grew up a whole lot during the course of the novel. In the end, she may have seemed weak to some, but you could pretty much assume that's because she was delirious. She went days without food and water. She was in the sun for hours on end. She had to witness some pretty terrible things. She was pretty much off her gourd by that time, you know? I have to say, I think she did damn well for a 15-year-old girl. I liked her a lot. I love love love reading stories about survival. They are some of my most favorites. There were some pretty gross things in this book, but it's the truth of it. You can kiss your inhibitions goodbye when you end up in a situation such as the one in this novel. The protag was very resourceful. She used tactics I would never have even considered. I think the author did a great job of throwing obstacles at the protag and I think she did an equally good job of solving them. Did Robie make some mistakes? Of course! It just made the book all the more realistic to me. Unless you're a survival pro then I don't really see how anyone could be in such a situation and not do things incorrectly. Trial and error.There was a completely unexpected twist to this book. Total goosebumpy moment when the secret was revealed! I mean, I can't spoil it for you, but it's good. There were little signs here and there but it was so easy to overlook them. Once the revelation is made, all those little details came to the forefront of my mind. It was just like “Oh my gosh! Everything makes perfect sense now!” Anyway, it was just very very surprising and I think it added so much to the story. It changed everything!Basically, this book is great. I enjoyed it immensely. I read it in just a few hours and I was a very happy gal. It was emotional, edge-of-your-seat, and interesting. It's a dramatic tale of survival and learning to make it on your own when you have no other choice. Robie was a wonderful protagonist and the entire book felt completely realistic to me. S.A. Bodeen is a wonderful writer; descriptive and beautiful. I loved this book from the very first page to the very last. I can even say I learned a thing or two from it! That Raft is a new addition to my favorites list. :)- - -Book source: NetGalleyPublisher: Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan Children's Publishing Group

  • Lutzy
    2018-12-08 05:19

    The Raft Review Imagine being by yourself as a child, no one to play with or talk to except the animals on the beach and in the trees. Living on Midway island, Robie a 15 year old girl grew up that way. No one except her parent and a bunch of crazy, old scientists to talk to. In my mind not the people I would want to have a conversation with. Robie enjoys living on Midway though. There is lots of things she learns, being that her parents are biologists. Robie loves going to the beach on the island the only thing is that she hates going into the water. Robie goes to visit her aunt that lives in Honolulu. Robie has the best times with her aunt. She feels like shes one of the few people she talks to when she’s not on Midway. Her Aunt is one of Robie’s best friends. She goes to visit her every year and they do things that Robie’s parents would never allow, Robie gets a small tattoo and a nose piercing. When Robie’s aunt leaves to go to the mainland, Robbie is given the privilege to stay by herself until her aunt gets back. On her first night she finds herself hungry but on her way back from McD’s a man grabs her. She sprints home, locks the door and doesn’t sleep a wink that night. Robie decides to take the next flight back to Midway. Robie meets a friend that she knows from riding the cargo plane before. He says they have enough room on the plane for her so she hops on board. The flight was delayed but that didn’t bother Robie. When they got in the air it was loud unlike a transportation plane but it was ok. Around 2 hours into the flight there started to be turbulence then all of a sudden there was a drop. Robie looked outside and one of the engines stopped. A few minutes later Max the co-pilot came in handed Robie a life jacket. Robie knew what was going to happen, but she refused to believe it. Max grabbed her and threw her out of the plane. If I were Robbie I would have peed my pants. When she hit the water she kept sinking and sinking. Something clicked in her head and she started swimming up. Robie was determined to live. She got to the top but something was in the way. All of a sudden something grabbed her hair and pulled her onto the raft. She was in shock. Robbie and Max were the only ones on the raft. Robie and Max had to make it to land. Robie and Max had to survive on the raft. When I read this I was in the same shock as Robie was. The questions Robie was asking in her head, I think I was asking the same thing. Robbie and Max go on a journey in a small raft with nothing to eat except a bag of Skittles and a leaking raft, and boy did those skittles look tasty to Robie. S.A Bodeen did a great job making the reader(s) feel the pain of what robbie has to go through. This author used real life facts by researching which is always in my opinion good for an author to do. I give this book ‘The Raft’ a ⅘ because of the author effort in this outstanding novel. Robie the main character will always stick in my head because of her hard effort and not giving up.

  • Gabrielle
    2018-11-21 04:36

    this book was amazing way better than i expected wow... that plot twist and that ending definitely one of my favorite booksThe survival aspect in this book was outstanding it was high stakes and it was amazing i was rooting for Robie the whole time and i really liked her character she was smart and resourceful this book is perfect for those who love survival stories i was never bored i was completely enthralled the whole time the plot twist took this from a 4 stars to a 5 stars that plot twist shocked me and i love how it all came together the ending left some questions but i liked that this book was the perfect survival story and it was quick and fast paced i loved following Robie and see how she changed throughout the book i would recommend this to anyone it was amazing and now one of my favorite books

  • TheBookSmugglers
    2018-12-14 05:20

    Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersFifteen-year-old Robie has always been told that she is lucky - she's lucky that she gets to live on the Midway Atoll with her National Geographic photographer and scientist parents, lucky she does not have to go to regular school or do regular homework, lucky that she gets the experience of growing up in a beautiful, idyllic secluded tropical island locale. But Robie hasn't really felt lucky - she sees life on Midway as a great experience, but she's over a thousand miles away from the closest stretch of civilization, she has barely any interaction with other kids her age, and the tiny atoll has just 4 TV channels, as well as a notoriously spotty phone and internet connection. So, when Robie gets the chance to spend the summer with her cool young Aunt AJ in Honolulu, she's thrilled to spend time lounging by the pool, catching up on all the tv shows she's missed, and getting her nose pierced without her parents around. When her aunt has to leave town for a week, Robie even manages to convince her to stay unattended in AJ's condo. But Robie finds that being on her own isn't all its cracked up to be, and after a frightening encounter with a vagrant she makes the decision to head home to Midway on the first plane out - the weekly supply run.Thanks to another phone outage, Robie can't reach her parents to let them know she's heading home, and she decides not to call and freak out her aunt. She's made the flight to Midway from Honolulu countless times before, after all, so it's no big deal.But then a surprise storm hits mid-flight, and everything goes wrong. The engine dies. The plane plummets. And even though she manages to miraculously survive the crash and get in an emergency life raft, she's alone in the middle of the ocean with the gravely injured co-pilot, with no food and no water. And no one even knows she's gone.The Raft is a harrowing, tautly written novel that takes great pains to detail the realistic psychological and physical trauma that a fifteen year old girl might endure in a mid-Pacific plane crash. I'm both attracted to and repelled by these types of stories - shows like I Shouldn't Be Alive, films like 127 Hours, or books like Into Thin Air. They frighten me, but I cannot resist these heart-rending tales, the chance decisions and confluences of events that make the difference between life and death. In The Raft, S.A. Bodeen takes an ordinary teenage girl, places her in an extraordinary situation, and details her excruciating tale - its triumphs and missteps, and the lengths to which Robie will go to keep herself sane and alive. And for all of this, Bodeen's novel does a phenomenal job. Be clear - this is no incisive tome about civilization, or environmentalism, or even human nature. It is an utterly unprepared young girl's tale of survival. And I'm good with that.Because this is such an insular story, The Raft relies on two things: the (somewhat sadistic) plot, and the strength of heroine Robie's narrative. From a character perspective, Robie is realistically portrayed as a fifteen year old girl that is more concerned with her freedom and wants than she is with others. She's no survival expert (though she knows a bit more about biology than the average person thanks to her unique upbringing), and she makes so many mistakes with only her instincts, memories, and imagination to guide her survival. I love this hefty dose of realism, and that Robie is so fallible - she feels like a real person, flaws and all. She's resourceful (but not unbelievably so), and her coping mechanism - you'll get to it, I won't spoil you - is hauntingly effective.From a plotting perspective, The Raft also is a competent, well-executed feat. There are moments of terror and action - the plane crash in particular is scary stuff - but there are also many other moments of quiet, excruciatingly slow dread. This balance, between action and inaction, feels very realistic, very true, and I found myself thoroughly appreciating Bodeen's keen eye for pacing and storytelling. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed The Raft and absolutely recommend it for anyone looking for this type of survival story - heck, I liked it so much that I immediately picked up S.A. Bodeen's first novel upon finishing this book.

  • Mackenzie H
    2018-12-10 07:25

    I gave this book 5 stars.Plot Summery-What could be worse? Robie, a teenage girl from islands near Hawaii, always asked herself ths question when somehig bad was about to happen so she knew what was going to happen wasn't that bad, but after living through a plane crash in salty shark infested water she now knows what can be worse, because she undured the worst. The plane is about to go down as Max, the plane's co-pilot, pushes Robie out into the waters below and then jumps in himself. She is underwater for quite some time until Max pulls her up into a yellow raft that she is force to live in for several days. She relies on her former knowledge to help her 12 days of a struggle against sharks, weather, starvation, dehydration, extreme heat and sunburns, an infection, and she has to do all this while attempting to remain sane and save herself. In the end she descovers something about a person she barely knows and she finds she wasn't alone on her journey.Main Characters-Max- Co-Pilot, hero, rescuer, guilty, considerate, kindRobie- animal lover, thoughtful, kind, nice, considerate, hopeful, faithful, smart, intelligent, greatful, lucky, scared, and resorcefulKey Issues-survival.I gave this book 5 stars becasue it was a thrilling page-turner that I never wanted to put down. It was very unpredictable and exciting. It was also ver suspenseful. This book made me not ony feel bad for Robie, but it also taught me what to do if I were ever in a survival situation because Robie uses many techniques and ordinary objects to help her survive. I think that this book would be great for anybody who can read because it was so good, maybe even ipossible to not like. It took me only 2 days to read this 231 page book becuse I could never put this book down!

  • Karin
    2018-11-21 07:35

    Let me start out by saying that I have read two other books by S.A. Bodeen (THE COMPOUND – 5 Glasses and THE GARDENER – 4 Glasses) and really enjoyed them. Both of them were Sci-Fi so I was a little surprised when I saw THE RAFT was written by her as well. Obviously, you can tell by the ratings that I liked her Sci-Fi much better.I do want to give S.A. Bodeen a big high five for writing STAND ALONE novels! Those are so hard to come by in today’s trilogies and series.Robie is staying in Honolulu with her Aunt for a visit just to get away from the isolation of Midway Atoll where she and her parents live. As the daughter of researchers, she is forced to live in the seclusion of the islands and deal with homeschooling, poor Internet, and zero cell phone service. Staying with her Aunt means eating fast food, catching up on movies and TV shows, and shopping. When her Aunt is called away on business, Robie convinces her to allow her to stay alone for the week she has left in her visit. But, being on her own isn’t as fun as she thought it would be. After a particularly bad scare, Robie decides to pack up and catch the next cargo plane home.Traveling by cargo plane isn’t anything new for Robie. She has done it often and is on a first name basis with the pilot. When she arrives at the airport things are in chaos. The plane is going to be packed, but at least she’ll be home after a five or six hour flight. This flight isn’t normal though. A bad storm blows in faster than planned and one of the plane’s engines stops. Before Robie realizes what is happening, Max, a co-pilot she doesn’t know, is shoving an inflatable raft out the emergency exit and throwing her out after it. So begins the worst experience of Robie’s life. As if things aren’t bad enough, she soon realizes that in all the hubbub at the airport, her name was left off of the manifest. No one knows she was on the plane. Will anyone even come looking for her?THE RAFT is a very fast read at only 231 pages. I got through it in one sitting. There were a couple of things I didn’t like about the story though:1) In the beginning when Robie was talking about catching up on DVDs she watched Lost, which I felt was kind of a heavy handed way of foreshadowing. I mean, really, we read the synopsis of the book and already know the plane is going to crash. It just irritated me that Robie worried about a plane crash once she got strapped into her seat just because she watched Lost.2) At times the author was too preachy about the environmental issues of the ocean. There was a lot of talk about debris, toxic fish, and a baby seal got caught in some netting. 3) There were a couple of times when food was in her grasp, but she didn’t eat it because she just couldn’t do that to an animal (in one case even after the animal was already dead). I mean, come on… has been over a week and you haven’t eaten anything but a couple of Skittles and a few finger fulls of fish and you don’t take the opportunity to eat when it is right there in front of you?4) The ending. Is S.A. Bodeen trying to work in a little magical realism or was Robie’s eyes just playing tricks on her? I really hope some of you comment on this point and let me know what you think.

  • Kristy
    2018-11-30 04:20

    This book has a lot of things I'm terrified of:Sharks, being stranded, plane crashes, being alone in the middle of nowhere, being on a raft in the middle of the ocean. Seriously, makes my skin crawl, especially those sharks. This was not a smart book to be reading while taking a bath...creepy.But, it was soo good! This author is a "wham-bam-thank-you-mam" writer. He also wrote , which I loved. He writes really fast-paced, adventure books that still somehow manage to grab your interest and make you care about his characters-and at the end, be wishing for more. I like your style Bodeen. Spoilers from here on out:So, the whole story of Max was soooooo sad! I knew it was coming, but it didn't make it any less moving. That ending with the necklace, gave me chills! I loved it! I didn't think I was going to like our main character at first, but her survival skills (or lack of) I could identify with. I'm seriously scared of the ocean, I think it's beautiful and majestic, but it also has a monsterous side. Skinning fish and eating eyeballs doesn't sound up my alley either. So, her story of survival was relatable. She got lucky. If I was in her shoes, that's all I could hope for. I can see why some people will not enjoy this. They will get mad at her for not using what was in front of her. They will argue if you are desperate enough you'll do anything to survive. They might be right, but then again, you'll only know if you're actually in the survival shoes.Oh, and this has a perfect cover!4 stars! Super quick, highly recommend! (A much more approachable ocean survival story than, and you don't even have to deal with that freaking tiger ;)Insert Jaws Music here.

  • Erin
    2018-12-09 11:39

    A little hard to get through but overall it just wasn’t my type of book-

  • Josiah
    2018-12-09 07:36

    If you've read other survival at sea novels and expect similar girl-versus-shark thrills from The Raft, you're going to be disappointed. There are moments of horror owing to what lurks beneath the choppy sea extending around fifteen-year-old Robie's small yellow raft as far as the eye can see, but this story is more psychological than physical, about having the mental fiber to not fall apart under conditions that could turn anyone permanently batty. How do you cope with the next twenty-four hours when faced with the reality that you may never eat or drink again, that your mind and body will deteriorate in horrific ways until at last death claims you as another victim of the savage, remorseless sea? Survival under such conditions requires toughness, resolve, and heaps of luck, and still it may be out of reach. The best you can do is hope for a miracle. After an unexpected solo stay in Honolulu at the end of her visit there with her aunt, Robie arranges to return to her own island home on the Midway Atoll, where her parents will be surprised to see her back early. Robie hops on a small airplane for the trip, but things go badly when the vehicle loses an engine and can't support the weight of its cargo with only one. Tossed from the plane high above the ocean by the young copilot, Max, wearing no special equipment but a life vest, Robie struggles to surface from the haunting black waters around her, barely avoiding drowning. She and Max, the only other survivor, cling to refuge on an inflatable raft, with few supplies and no way of sending out a distress call. No one at Midway knew when to expect the plane, so it's impossible to predict how long they'll be stranded, bobbing aimlessly at sea. Chancing upon an island would be optimal, but Robie and Max have only a vague idea where they are on the map. Max sustained a ghastly head injury escaping the airplane and Robie is hurt too, but they'll need every ounce of strength to survive days without food or water, the merciless sun scorching them, and the threat of sharks and other predators in the water. Robie feels her grasp on reality slipping, and that would be catastrophic now that any poor decision could cost her life. A trained survivalist might not make it out of this alive; what hope has Robie of ever seeing her parents or Midway home again? What follows are bound to be the most excruciating days of her life, and unless fate intervenes with an unlikely rescue, they'll be her final days.The Raft is less logically sound than The Detour, a later YA horror novel by S.A. Bodeen, but it has its good points. Instead of playing the shark horror angle to the hilt, assigning the carnivorous fish an unrealistically aggressive demeanor, the story is more subtle, focusing on other aspects of survival at sea. I like the reference to Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games on page one hundred eleven, as Robie thinks of the silver parachutes of supplies dropped to Katniss Everdeen at her lowest moments in the arena, wishing for a mercy like that for herself. Certain elements of The Raft don't seem to make sense, and plot twists are obvious from miles away, but the writing is enjoyable. I'd rate this book one and a half stars, and very narrowly round that to two rather than one. If you're a fan of survivalist literature, give this a shot. S.A. Bodeen has talent as a storyteller.

  • Anastasia & Amelia
    2018-12-01 09:25

    Judging the Book by its Cover"Raft," looks ... for lack of a better word ...intense. The girl on the cover looks like everything in life that could possibly go wrong, has gone wrong. The raft is holding her lifeless-looking body up. In fact, she looks like she's desperately holding on to that last string of life. We're wondering... "What the heck, why isn't she swimming?" More specifically, where's that stereotyped, hot lifeguard that saves the damsel in distress?!Ahhh, that's more like it. See? All she needed was a bit of  Ryan Lochte. (Everyone needs a bit of Ryan Lochte...)See no evil, Speak no evil, Read this evil?We find the first sentence of the overview to be a bit irritating. "Robie is an experienced traveler." So why the heck are you traveling ... alone. The reason she's lost at sea, is because a big storm decides to "out-of-nowhere," attack her ship. Does anyone check the weather anymore?! Just for that she deserves something like this:Never fear, Max (a.k.a Ryan Lochte), the co-pilot of the ship that Robie was aboard, helps save her. They're both lost at sea. Too bad. Since we're talking about Ryan Lochte Max, here, we're predicting they survive. Actually, we're imagining Robie, and Ryan Lochte Max surfing waves with umbrellas.We pray and hope with every ounce of determination we can possibly muster, that Robie and Max don't fall for each other. Clearly Ryan Lochte is ours. Makes you want to be lost at sea too, doesn't it? This is not a to-read, but a MUST-read. (Ryan Lochte makes everything a 5 star ;] )Temptation Scale - 5/5Don't forget to rate this novel on our site, and leave a comment letting us know you rated it. Whichever book has the most positive ratings at the end of the month, will be featured as a giveaway, during that month. (Whoever rated that specific book, will be entered into that raffle.) Drop a comment below, we'd love to hear what you think about it too! (:More "before-reviews" @:

  • Julia
    2018-11-23 05:23

    Inhalt: Niemand weiß, dass sie in dem Absturzflugzeug war.Niemand wird kommen, um sie zu suchen ...»Und in dem Moment wurde mir klar, dass mir niemand sagen konnte, was schlimmer war. Weil es nicht schlimmer werden konnte. Ich war allein. In einem Rettungsfloß. Mitten auf dem Meer.«Robie stürzt mit einem Flugzeug über dem Pazifik ab. Max, der Co-Pilot, rettet sie in ein aufblasbares Rettungsfloß – dann stirbt er. Robie muss ihn über Bord werfen und treibt tagelang auf dem Meer. Allein. Gnadenlos den Naturgewalten ausgeliefert. Bis Max plötzlich wieder da ist. In ihrer Einsamkeit klammert sich Robie an ihn. Sie hat Angst. Hunger. Durst. Panik. Hoffnung? Nur ein Gedanke lässt sie nicht aufgeben: Sie will nichts als überleben ...Ein aufwühlender Action-Thriller um einen dramatischen Überlebenskampf – nervenzerreißend bis zur letzten Seite. (Quelle: Verlag)Meine Meinung: Allein schon der Klappentext des Buches verursacht, dass sich eine Gänsehaut über meinen gesamten Körper ausbreitet. Wer nach dem Klappentext neugierig auf das Buch ist, der kann mit einem Kauf meiner Meinung nach gar nichts falsch machen. Es erzählt die Geschichte von Robie, die nach einem Flugzeugabsturz ganz alleine auf hoher See in einem Rettungsboot ums Überleben kämpft. Das alles auf nur 220 Seiten, die Vorgeschichte mal mit eingerechnet. Die sind zwar wenig aber meiner Meinung nach genau richtig. Auf diesen Seiten ballt sich Spannung, viele Gänsehautmomente und ganze viel Hoffnung und man kann gar nicht anders: Man muss mit Robie mit fiebern, mitleiden und mit hoffen. Mit Robie kam ich relativ gut klar. Sie ist nicht meine Traumprotagonistin, ist ein wenig zu rebellisch und ist an die Sache mit dem Flugzeugabsturz teils mit zu viel Ironie und teils ein wenig unverständlich herangegangen. Nach einer Weile lernt man sie aber lieben gerade weil sie nicht hundertprozentig perfekt ist.Soweit ich das beurteilen kann, wurde das Geschehen nach dem Flugzeugabsturz sehr authentisch geschildert. Nichts wirkt überzogen oder verschönt, nichts zu grausam oder nicht von dieser Welt. Das ist auf der einen Seite ein riesiger Pluspunkt für mich, dennoch befinden sich in dem Buch viele Passagen, die meiner Meinung nach schwer in ein Kinder- und Jugendbuch passen. Beltz selbst gibt als Altersempfehlung ab 13 Jahren an aber ich musste während dem Lesen mehrmals schlucken und auch weinen und fand einige Teile wirklich sehr schlimm und unfassbar traurig. Leser sollten definitiv eine Gewisse Härte mitbringen und nicht zu nah am Wasser gebaut sein. Denn dieses Buch ist unglaublich gefühlsgewaltig und wie schon erwähnt auch mit einigen grausamen Sachen geschmückt.Trotzdem vermittelt Nichts als überleben eine lesenswerte Atmosphäre. Man ist ständig unter Spannung, wittert überall Gefahren und ist in Alarmbereitschaft. Und das, obwohl nicht wir im Schlauchboot sitzen, sondern Robie. Für mich gehört viel Talent dazu, die Gefühle, die Robie erleiden muss wiederzugeben. Ich bin also abgesehen von meinem kleinen Kritikpunkt absolut überzeugt von diesem Jugendthriller.Bewertung: Gefühlsgewaltig und absolut lesenswert für alle, die vom Klappentext schon angetan sind. Auf nur 220 Seiten bietet Nichts als überleben eine ganze Menge Spannung und Gänsehautfeeling und ist so für mich ein absolut lesenswerter Jugendthriller. Einziger Kritikpunkt sind für mich die teils sehr grausamen Stellen im Buch. Deshalb gibt es von mir 4 von 5 Füchschen. Vielen herzlichen Dank an Beltz für das *Rezensionsexemplar.Mehr Rezensionen findet ihr auf!

  • Yousra Serry
    2018-12-01 10:20

    I gave this 3 stars because that simply says "I liked it". well, more like a 3.5 because " I did like it"First off, I'm a big fan of flying. I love the idea of flying so I'm really not afraid of getting on a plane and enjoying it! not only that, I also, call me sick , love reading about crashes and I'm a hugeLostandLife of Pifan. so the idea of a plane crash or trying to survive at the ocean is definitely a story I'd be more than willing to read. so when I saw The Raftit was a must-read for me.What I liked about this book: well, first, it's got a plane. a crash. an ocean. and someone trying to survive. sounds good, eh?secondly, it was very quick paced and easy to read. thirdly, the author had a very active and good imagination. all the things Robie saw and went through were pretty good and very well written. and lastly, the twist that I surprisingly didn't see it coming. the one thing I really didn't like.. was how blank Robie was to me. as hard as I tried to, I really couldn't connect to her emotionally. I did enjoy whatever she described and talked about. I just couldn't feelher pain. I didn't feel like I was there. seeing it all. which was really annoying because it would have made this twice as good. The first couple of chapters had it tho. The vacation, the crazy guy, the plane, how it crashed, the first day in the ocean. I felt like I was there. but after that, I just lost the connection. it was like someone telling me a story about survival they've seen on the TV or read about it or something. so imagine how the lack of details would be and how abridged it will sound. I really wanted Robie to talk more about how she's feeling. I wanted to see how this situation changed how she is and how she looks at the world. but I didn't see that at all. all thorough the book and even when It finished she was still the same person to me. that was the one thing I hated about the book. annoying things other than that was maybe how she seemed like a little kid. she was more like playing around than trying to really do something. but to be fair, she's only 16!so yeah I enjoyed reading mostly. and I'd recommend it to whoever likes stories about survival, flying, and well... cold people?

  • Kristy Gillespie
    2018-12-07 04:22

    “The Raft” is a young adult novel by S.A. Bodeen. The protagonist is a fifteen-year-old girl named Robey who is marooned at sea after a plane crash. This book was a very quick but satisfying read. The book opens with Robie asking the guy who’s about to pierce her nose “Can you tell me something worse?” She points at the needle. “Something that is worse than that?” This idea is turned on its head when she’s met with one of the worst things that could ever happen to a person- a plane crash and being stranded in a raft in the middle of the ocean with no food, water, or company. I think the last part would be the worst. Bad situations never seem as bad when you’re with another person, preferably someone you like. In a nutshell, If you liked the movie “Cast Away,” then you’ll enjoy “The Raft.”Out of curiosity, I checked other reviews of “The Raft” and found that about fifty percent of the reviews were positive and fifty percent were negative.I realize this is off topic but… I’m always amazed by the number of people who dislike a book and yet read entirely. I used to force myself to finish every book but now if I don’t enjoy it, I put it down. For example, I recently tried reading the Pulitzer Price winning novel “A Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole. I even checked out “Butterfly in the Typewriter,” a biography about Toole, written by Corey MacLauchlin, in order to understand Toole a bit better. There were parts of “Confederacy” that made me laugh out loud but I couldn’t get past how bizarre it was- and not bizarre in a good way. So I put it down. Just like I put the third book in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy down. So that’s my advice- if you really don’t like a book- don’t finish it. Life’s too short to read bad books.

  • J.L. Luton
    2018-12-15 07:35

    I read this because my 12 year old daughter read it. She said she liked it and mentioned being (happily) surprised at one of the twists in the plot. What I liked was how real (aspects) of Robie sounded. She's a young 15, very unaware and thinks she's more worldly than she is. I also found her attempts to rebel as realistic to her age and life experiences. I also liked how she froze when there was serious plane trouble and ended up not putting her life vest on. I've read other reviews calling her stupid for this, but I could accept that she's without family/friends and in a life or death situation, without training for these kinds of things, that she froze. Her easy fright was set earlier when she was afraid of the ocean and afraid to be alone even after she arranged it. The rest of the story I read so I could have a conversation with my daughter and I found it predictable, a bit too convenient how so many things went wrong in order to set up the main story, but not offensively so. I wished there was more to Robie besides her small rebellions and her fears of the ocean and sharks.I wanted to know a bit more about her parents, get a sense of them checking on her more, and in the electronic age, how long would it really take for the aunt's friend to tweet, text, and/or email the aunt about not being able to check on Robie? Some of the reviews on this book are brutal. I'm unsure who those reviews are meant to assist. Not the writer that's for sure. There's so much vitriol. As for me I don't read reviews before reading a book, for this very reason. Most people find they don't like a book and they go to extremes to be brutal thinking they sound clever.

  • Beth Karley
    2018-12-02 11:28

    Robie Mitchell has travelled thousands of times from Midway to Honolulu, she has nothing to worry about until this one time...I was at my Aunts house in Honolulu eating McDonald's and having some Starbucks watching television. My Aunt had to go on a business trip leaving me all alone. I decided to go on the flight back to Midway without telling her though.I'm finally on the plane, with the two pilots, the pilot and co pilot. He's new, I look at his name tag, Max. I must have fallen asleep on the plane because I wake up to the shake of the plane. Its normal though, because its an old plane. I'm not worried. That is until the captain says that one of the engines are down, we are over water meaning we have to jump out, NOW! I practically jump out of my seat to put on my life preserver, when Max picks me up throwing me out the window with the raft coming behind me. I'm in the middle of the ocean with nothing but water surrounding me.As Robie goes through a lot of events being stranded in the middle of the ocean, she realizes that she took her old life for granted and when she gets back, if she gets back home, she'll be different, a good different.I rate this book a 4 out of 5 because it always kept me on the edge of my seat wanting to hear what is going to happen next.

  • Sara22
    2018-12-02 12:21

    Robie is in a difficult situation, she's stuck on a raft, alone. I can't say she was alone forever though, there was Max. Until she threw him overboard.Robie is a 15 year old girl, visiting her aunt in Honolulu- when her aunt leaves for a sudden business trip, Robie is alone. When Robie decides she's had enough of being by herself, she hops on a cargo flight back to Midway (her home). On her way back to Midway, the plane plummeted into the ocean and Robie makes it into the emergency raft with the co-pilot, Max. Robie struggles for days, weeks maybe in the raft and faces many challenges. Sharks, dehydration, loneliness, and so much more. I think this is a good book because well, most of us probably weren't stranded in the middle of the ocean, but you can relate to her because she's just an average teenager facing not so average circumstances. This book kept you hooked until the end because you get fascinated and attached to the character Robie and want her to survive. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves survival stories or young adult readers. You also get to learn about some of the Hawaii wildlife which is pretty cool. Overall, it was a good book.