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Waiting on Wednesday: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.  Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting:

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

Expected Release Date: August 21, 2012

Robie, 15, lives with her family on the Midway atoll, a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific. Her parents are scientists; it’s an isolated life. Robie enjoys visiting her aunt in Hawaii – she gets back and forth on a cargo plane that brings supplies to Midway.

During a visit, her aunt is called to the mainland for a work emergency, leaving Robie to get home on her own. On her flight back to Midway the cargo plane hits nasty weather, and goes down. It’s just Robie, the pilot, and Max, a co-pilot she’s never met till this flight, on board. Robie is pulled aboard a raft by Max, who is injured and slipping in and out of consciousness. They have a bag of candy and very little water between them. When they finally reach an island that seems abandoned, Robie hopes they’ll be found quickly. But she’s not sure she was even on the flight manifest. Her parents must be looking for her…aren’t they?

(summary via Goodreads)

Something about this book reminds me a little of Kirsten Tracy’s Sharks & Boys.  I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of being stranded at sea or on a deserted island.  This book looks to be a terrifying combination of both those situations.  If this is done well, it’ll be suspenseful–an absolute page-turner.  I’m always game for a novel focusing on survival–and here’s to hoping this one doesn’t disappoint.

What are you waiting on this week?


5 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

  1. I’m interested in reading The Raft too. The survival type books interest me and this looks like a good one. I haven’t read Sharks & Boys but the premise does sound similar. Great choice!

    1. Sharks & Boys wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be–so I’m hoping this one fulfills whatever it is that I’m looking for (as totally ambiguous and vague as that sounds).

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