Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

Tumble & FallAuthor: Alexandra Coutts
Publication: September 17, 2013
By: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
2.5 Stars
*stares at the pretty cover* 
A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.

What I Liked: TUMBLE & FALL was in one of the many gift bags I recieved at BEA'13 and I am not ashamed to admit I spent have more than a few minutes staring at the pretty cover. The writing is beautiful and the premise intriguing - an asteroid is barrelling toward Earth threatening to end all life as we know it, so don't waste another minute. Told from three different POV's, I was anticipating an exciting story that would have me on the edge of my seat right up until the last page, but...that wasn't what happened.

What Left Me Wanting More: I usually enjoy seeing a story play out through more than one POV, however, TUMBLE & FALL left me feeling disconnected to the characters. I also felt like they were not as panicked as they should have been. I mean, THERE IS A FREXING ASTEROID HEADED STRAIGHT FOR YOU FACE PEOPLE!

Final Verdict: Beautiful writing but the build up leads to a lackluster ending. 

Review also posted at YABC.

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