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I thought this was an exceptionally well written story. It's not too long BUT it's just the right length. Crisp prose, very believable characters and dialogue - I felt like I could be reading a non-fiction account of just such an accident.
Each chapter was narrated by either a survivor or the family of a survivor and it took a few chapters to get the characters straight in my mind but once I did, I enjoyed this tale very much.
It was interesting to see how the different characters dealt with the tragedy - the grief, the survivors' remorse, the terror.
This is an excellent book for teens through adults in my opinion.
This book is a bit demanding of the reader. I found Winger’s device of having various parts of the story told by a figure only identified by context and personality to be intriguing and fun to puzzle out. The vivid characters with their authentic ways of speaking made identifying them fairly easy. Following the story’s time shifts wasn’t difficult, using her day-of-the-week and “rewind” labels.
In all, I found this book hard to put down and a very satisfying read. I highly recommend it.
In contrast, Rockfall makes more demands on the reader. SPOILER ALERT: First of all, Winger tells the story of a catastrophic rockfall in which three hikers are presumed killed. In actuality, one, Hanna, survives. The action unfolds through the eyes of several characters, all from the first person point of view. Thus, the reader has to plow through one or two paragraphs before identifying who's doing the talking. Also, Winger shifts the time sequence which makes following the action difficult. She does assist her audience with time related chapter headings like "Saturday afternoon" and with the cue "Rewind" to indicate action that occurred beforehand. These two devices make for a much more complex, but challenging, novel.
One aspect of the story that disappoints is the fact that Hanna is not the agent of her own rescue. Rather, happenstance in which two men in a helicopter surveying the rockslide damage spot Hanna several days after the disaster. This is Winger's story, not mine, but so many survival epics are driven by climbers' tenacity, experience, and resourcefulness that Hanna's efforts seem tame, even though they result in her staying alive, which is probably more realistic than a superhuman feat of strength on her part.
Winger reveals psychological insight when developing relationships and the thoughts of her characters, which this reviewer considers one of the novelist's strongest traits. All in all, Rockfall and its predecessor are satisfying, enjoyable reads.
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