Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Book Review: Rescue by Susan Aylworth 

Book Description:

What will it take to stay alive? When Dulce wakes up hanging in a giant mapajo tree, she fears she may be a lone survivor, stranded in the Amazon rainforest. What comes next may be even worse.

The last thing sixteen-year-old Dulce Donovan wants to do is move away from her friends and hot new crush. But her parents insist, and she has no choice but to get on the airplane taking her to Lima, Peru.
When the plane crashes in the middle of the Amazon jungle, Dulce feels lucky to survive. But as she faces injury, disease, and deadly insects and reptiles, she discovers that the price of living is high. Injured and miles from any civilization, Dulce has no choice but to push her way through a dangerous jungle, looking for any miracle that might come her way.


This is a pretty short book - less than 100 pages - so it might be considered a novella. Normally, I don't really enjoy reading novellas because I feel like they aren't long enough to really get into the story. That did not happen with this book. I was drawn into the story right away, and it kept my attention through the entire thing. I kept imagining how I would react if I was in the same situation as Dulce, and sadly, I don't know if I'd do nearly as well as she did. From knowing how to start a fire to finding water and food, to surviving jungle creepy-crawlies and other even larger creatures. (Seriously, just the description of all of those things makes me want to always and forever avoid the jungle.) I might find myself just curling up into a ball. I hope that I would be as strong as Dulce was, but I'm kind of a wimp.

Anyway, back to the story. The author did such a good job with bringing the story to life. Keep in mind, this is about surviving a plane crash, and plane crashes are not at all pretty. Neither are bot flies. (I've actually seen a video about those before, so I wasn't as grossed out as I might have been.)

I was in awe at Dulce's strength and resilience and her ability to fight through each and every challenge that came her way. I enjoyed this book and would even recommend it to my 13-year-old son, as well as my adult reading friends. 
Title: Rescue
Author: Susan Aylworth
Published: April 2018
Source: I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Purchase: Amazon 

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