Feel Me Fall by James Morris
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on May 6, 2017
Genre(s): fiction, adventure, mystery, suspense, thriller, young adult
Format & Pages: paperback, 227
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Secrets and survival in the Amazon
Emily Duran is the sole survivor of a plane crash that left her and her teenage friends stranded and alone in the jungles of the Amazon. Lost and losing hope, they struggle against the elements, and each other. With their familiar pecking order no longer in place, a new order emerges, filled with power struggles, betrayals, secrets and lies. Emily must explain why she’s the last left alive.
But can she carry the burden of the past?
Discover the gripping new adventure novel that explores who we are when no one is watching, and how far we’ll go in order to survive.
Going into Feel Me Fall, I had expected to read an adventure story of a girl who survived after a plane crashed in the Amazon. And it was. But it was also so much more.
“All was alien, a blast of green and brown, a soundscape of nature turned up to ten, and a whole swath of dense monotony. One tree so like another, it’s as is we’re moving in place.”
This story starts in the present, with Emily waking up in a hospital room, and as she begins to journal about what happened after the plan crash, alternates between the past and present to form a more complete picture to the reader. The entire book is told through Emily’s perspective, and I was amazed to see how a male author so easily got into the head of a teenage girl and made her seem realistic.
“Watching my mother, I didn’t know what was worse – being beautiful and then aging out of it, or like me; never having been beautiful at all.”
Quite cleverly plotted and fast paced, Feel Me Fall was a quick read, but not necessarily always an easy one. It explored themes of love and loss, secrets and lies, and savagery and survival in a way that was absolutely gripping. There was also an overarching theme about reading and writing, which is the kind of meta thing I personally appreciate in books.
“After a lifetime living with my mother, surviving the jungle should’ve been easy.”
James Morris is apparently a former television writer, and it was quite obvious here as there was an incredible cinematic quality to this book; I felt like I was watching a movie play out in my head instead of reading words on a page. I could quite easily see this being turned into a movie or miniseries someday. And that ending! I realize not everyone will like it, but it so perfectly wrapped up all the loose ends and then knocked you off your feet, which I thought was absolutely fitting for this story.
“I wondered if we were worth saving at all.”
Ultimately, I really enjoyed this incredible and fascinating story about the brutality of the Amazon and human nature. Recommended for anyone who likes young adult adventure stories that are also thought provoking.
*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.