on June 23, 2014
The introduction about alteration of perception of reality in extremity grabbed my attention, and was effective told in the first person as a psychiatrist examing the notes of a survivor, the coach's log, and the tale as told through the eyes of the sole survivor.
The narrative then switches to Emma, a girl the victim of sustained bullying, lying stunned on the golden sand amid the bodies and wreckage of the aircraft.
The cruelty and vicious bullying by the girls makes reader feel a great deal of sympathy for Emma, who feels ugly because of a birthmark and alone, except for the heartening encouragement of Tom.
I enjoyed the insights into the background and lives of some of the children and would like to have read more about the lives of the characters and what motivated them.
The snappy dialogue moves the story along to a surprising ending.
on June 22, 2014
This book concerns a plane crash in the South China Sea and the fight for survival of six out of sixteen swimming team members.It is told through the eyes of the sole survivor, a diary kept by one of the girls and a log kept by the coach, Jack Black. 'When an extreme event happens in a person's life, it can cause that person's perception of reality to alter so dramatically, that his world no longer fits in with mainstream life.'I really enjoyed this book as I felt for each character and what they were going through. Des Birch paints a vivid picture of each character's feelings and ordeal. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is fascinated by the way the mind handles events. I am very glad I was not on that plane.