Title: Tumble & Fall [Goodreads][Amazon]
Author: Alexandra Coutts
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: September 17, 2013
In My Opinion: Worth a try!
One Line: It was boring, to say the least, but thought-provoking.
About the Book: The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.
Let me just say that the cover for this book is seriously misleading. Sure the synopsis gives you the real story, but seriously, not what I was expecting at all.
Anyways, this one took me quite awhile to get into and it was a struggle to make it to end. There were just so many random and mundane things happening and it wasn’t at all what I thought it was going to be like. Coutts’ writing is thought-provoking, but honestly, there was a whole lot of nothing going on. The importance of family and love was an on-going theme in this book, but I just didn’t like the way the author handled it. I was seriously bored through practically the whole book.
The book is told from three different character’s POVs, and I have to say, I didn’t care for any of them. Okay, maybe I had a smidgeon of like for Zan and her storyline, but even that could barely save this book for me. I liked her journey of discovering the secrets her boyfriend kept from her, but the story line wasn’t engaging enough to keep me very interested. Sienna’s story was boring, to say the least, and annoying more than anything. I didn’t like the thoughts going on in her head and I didn’t like how she handled her family. None of the characters stood out to me and the way their story lines connected at the end was another random thing that I didn’t care for.
And Caden’s story – OMG, I was like “WTF” the whole time while reading his chapters. So your dad hires some guys to knock you out and kidnap you, forces you to play ball with him, hires a prostitute for you, tries to get you to play nice with the rest of his family, and then makes you get into a bomb shelter of some sorts that supposed to protect you from the end of the world and you stick around for even more than an hour for all that?! What. The. Hell. His family is seriously screwed up and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was stupid, unbelievable, and downright crazy. I hated it.
Tumble & Fall is one of those stories that makes you think about life and what’s really important, yes, but I think the way the story is told was too boring and plain for most readers’ (like me) tastes. Seriously, if the world was ending, yes I’d spend it with my family and loved ones, but I’d actually DO something worthwhile and exciting. There were no crazy moments, no worldwide hysteria, nothing in this book captured my attention or made me even feel like it was the end of the world. The best word to describe this book would be “meh”.