Friday, March 14, 2014

Review: If We Survive

If We Survive
If We Survive by Andrew Klavan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The mission trip has been a success. Will Peterson traveled to Costa Verde to help rebuild a wall of one of the schools. The group is relaxing and anticipating the return trip when a revolution breaks out and they are suddenly trapped in a foreign land. They need to escape a firing squad, wild animals in the jungle and they don’t know who to trust. The government in power is just as ruthless as the revolutionists trying to take control. Many in the group have traits that will help them survive this horrific ordeal, but just like real life, not everyone will be able to make it and those that do will be forever changed.

If We Survive is an action packed adventure that will cause the reader to question their own fears and ideas about heroes. Can someone make a mistake, but still be a good person? Can you be afraid to die, but still be fearless? Klavan takes many tough issues that readers from the first world would never come in contact with outside of the media and weaves it into a young adult novel with a Christian fiction twist. Although the Christian beliefs dispersed throughout are not subtle, they don’t slap you in the face and make you feel as if the author is preaching at you. I highly recommend this book to my young adult readers.

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