I don't post reviews for books I did not finish, because I feel that if I didn't finish it I shouldn't judge it. But readers do deserve to know that these books may not be the book for them. So I've decided I'm not going to judge these DNF'd books. Instead, I'm simply going to tell you why I DNF'd them. There will be no ratings on any DNF'd books. So here it goes...
Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
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.”
I really wanted Tumble & Fall to be a book that left a mark on my heart, but really it came off like a book about whiny teenagers with even whinier parents. While the atmosphere of the book was one of quiet dread, the characters took a unique topic like the coming end of the world and made it frustratingly common to read about. I think I was imagining it would have slightly more to do with the approaching apocalypse and how the characters handled it and less to do with the day to day lives of a bunch of teenagers.
The characters each had a different story to tell, but they all had similar elements: grief, guilt, depression, and simply growing up. But while the execution of these stories, the way they were weaved together, was well done, the characters themselves just didn't have enough spark to keep me interested in the story. I ended up losing interest about halfway through, particularly with Caden's story. His was the most... unusual of the bunch and from the moment his story began my interest began to fade. I desperately wanted to know what would become of these kids and their families, the entire world for that matter, but despite all that, I just couldn't sit through the last 50% of the book in order to find the answers.
I give Tumble & Fall and Alexandra Coutts credit for having such an intense and intriguing concept, but it just wasn't for me. If you are a diehard fan of contemporaries and think this book sounds intriguing, I urge you to give it a try. Maybe you'll have better luck than I did.
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