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Sunday, 3 January 2016

Review: Adrift

Adrift is not for the faint-hearted. Thriller action drama rolled into one, I’d recommend it to anyone, with only one reservation. There are graphic scenes of dying and what happens to a body after a few days. So if you have a weak stomach, read before you eat. But read it. Definitely.

Matt and John’s friendship goes back a long way. It’s complicated but you don’t learn why at first. John has Matt’s back, always, even if he grumbles endlessly about it. But when Matt races off with the beautiful Driana to make sure a girl they don’t know doesn’t get herself killed while wind-surfing in the dark, John’s worst fears take form.

When their engine conks out far from shore and hours turn into days, hope of being rescued fades. JoJo, the windsurfing girl’s boyfriend, brings mental baggage with him that causes all sorts of tension and so the drama plays out.

Adrift’s tagline tells you everything and nothing: “Five of us went out on the water that night. None of us came back whole and not all of us came back.”

Unputdownable. A perfect summer read.

Title: Adrift
Author: Paul Griffin
Publisher: Text Publishing, $14.99 RRP
Publication Date: July 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925240160
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction

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