Rating – 3/5 stars
Date Finished – August 26, 2017
72/120 in 2017
Publication Date – April 4, 2017
I read this book in one Saturday morning sitting. It’s immediately engrossing and keeps its momentum to the end. In short, it’s the story of two survivors of a small plane crash near the Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific. They’re the only inhabitants of a tiny tropical island with plenty of bananas (and almost nothing else), where they survive for several years after being presumed dead after the plane crash.
Ok – so I admit that the summary makes it sound 100% terrible. But somehow this story doesn’t feel old and worn out even though there is a literally a catalog of things they have with them, Robinson Crusoe style (spoiler: they have 0 doubloons). There is enough action to keep you guessing, enough fear and desperation to feel believable, but not so much that it’s a tragedy. And weirdly, there is one part that made me guffaw.
Ultimately, this novel doesn’t do anything truly remarkable or unique – it’s predictable and uninspiring at times. But it’s somehow also beautiful and completely engrossing. I would certainly hand it to a classic adventure lover, or someone who was looking for a story to get lost in.