Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Raft by S. A. Bodeen

Robie lives on Midway Island with her scientist parents.  When she gets too bored of life on the tiny atoll she flies on a supply plane to Honolulu to spend time with her aunt.  Robie is staying in Hawaii when her aunt has to leave her alone for a job.  At first Robie is thrilled by the freedom but soon gets a little spooked being alone so she decides to head home early.  Caught in a storm, her plane crashes into the ocean.  Robie is helped to escape by Max, the co-pilot and the two of them end up in a raft in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with Max badly injured.  It's up to Robie to try to find a way to somehow get them to safety.  When the raft does make it to an island it's still no guarantee of safety or survival.  I really want to like books by Bodeen because I am such a huge fan of The Compound but I haven't much liked anything since then.  I think this could have been much more compelling with Robie having to do some things she wouldn't normally such as having to eat some of the animals she loved.  I think readers are supposed to be moved by a revelation towards the end of the book but that didn't surprise me nor did it seem all that shocking given Robie's condition.  I think the book will still be appreciated by teens, but it's not as well done as it ought to have been.