Feel Me Fall is a thriller. The main characters are teenagers, but this book can easily be enjoyed by adults. A school trip to Paraguay ends is disaster with a plane crash in the Amazon. Of the one hundred and thirty-four passengers, thirty-seven were students, teachers and chaperones from Riverdale Academy High. Just six survived.
The narrator is the sole survivor of struggles that follow the crash. Currently in hospital after the ordeal. As well as physical injuries, there is ‘survivor guilt’, so a counsellor suggests writing down the story as part of the healing process.
Minutes after the crash Emily struggles in a fast flowing river; buffeted, dragged under and finally spat out downstream. Five others make it to the same point alive: Viv (Emily’s best friend), Nico (Viv’s boyfriend), Ryan, Molly and Derek, who is the only one with any survival knowledge.
As a group, they outvote Derek and agree to continue downstream in search of rescue, rather than try to scale difficult terrain which would lead back to the crash site. Immediately there are divides; survival or ingrained morals, right versus wrong. Emily is the voice of reason, the one to argue that they should do all they can to help each other and show compassion. Derek, meanwhile, is all about survival of the fittest; he forages for edible food, finds drinkable water sources and makes beds to keep them off the floor at night. The jungle, hunger and exhaustion strip each of them of the veneer of their city upbringing. Ryan can no longer be the athletic bully he was at school, Molly gets their sympathy and Derek is no longer the oddball victim.
Are they all equal? Or are some more equal than others? A few of the group may have believed they were all working towards rescue, but Derek began to thrive. Being the sole provider, the leader, the one with survival knowledge, he begins to morph into someone savage. Flight or fight, submission or acceptance, these basic elements become forefront as their chances of rescue began to shrink.
This was a compelling read, I knew the ending, but I still wanted to know how six went to one. There was a point towards the end, when I thought I’d missed something but the author took me the extra mile. Gave more when I least expected it and pressed my fear trigger once more.
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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.
About the author
James Morris is a former television writer who now works in digital media. When not writing, you can find him scoping out the latest sushi spot, watching ‘House Hunters Renovation’, or trying new recipes in the kitchen. He lives with his wife and dog in Los Angeles.