Review: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

Posted February 4, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 1 Comment

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
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The Raft

Author: S.A. Bodeen
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Realistic Contemporary 
Format: Hardcover,231 pages
Source: Library
 
Book Description:
Robie is an experienced traveler. She’s taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there’s a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn’t panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft. And then . . . she’s in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that’s when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there’s no sign of help on the way.

 
Reading about a plane crash is always difficult. Reading about a plane crash into an ocean is completely insane. I couldn’t even fathom what that could be like. I think I would have had the same reaction as Robie and believe that it wasn’t happening. I would have probably been in denial about it without a doubt.
I do love the setting in The Raft. I enjoyed that it wasn’t the typical setting and that I got to visit somewhere new. I wish more would have been talked about the setting and the islands. It was a very short book so more details could have been added easily. Where Robie was from wasn’t really described much, unless it was getting into long details about the Albatross. All the talking about the birds could be redundant at times.
Robie didn’t really have the characteristics I enjoy in a main character. She seemed to be in denial about the whole situation. In times that she needed to fight and survive she just kind of whined about it. Also the decisions she would make sometimes just weren’t the brightest ideas. I felt like some parts of the book were not realistic. It seemed like every time she needed something it almost just “appeared.” I would have liked to see it a little more rough for Robie. Also just saying, if I was hungry on an island with birds, I am sorry but I would eat them instead of starving. I would have liked to see her character grow and flourish, but unfortunately that did not happen.
One thing that really irked me was how much drama was put in The Raft about her nose piercing. I don’t think this would irritate a lot of people, but talking about it so often drove me crazy. Also I have had multiple piercings growing up and I have no clue where they got putting rubbing alcohol on a piercing is a good thing. Also they made it sound like salt water is a bad thing for piercings. I know from experience that there are salt sprays sold at actual piercing parlors for the cleaning and healing of piercings. Yes that is different from using the actual ocean, but still salt water is not bad for a piercing, the rubbing alcohol is.
The brutality towards the animals I think was taken a little too far. I almost stopped the book after the scene with the seals, especially the baby seal part. I can understand that this does happen in real life, but that doesn’t mean it has to be added to the book. To me it was all to much and unnecessary, especially in a Young Adult book.
I saw The Raft as a little predictable. The whole thing with Max you could see from a mile away. This was a short fast read that could be slightly predictable. I feel like the twist at the end was kind of added at last moment as a shock factor. Honestly if you want to read a great story about survival that has a plane crash mixed in I wouldn’t recommend this book. I would tell people to read Survive by Alex Morel.
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I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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