Our Youth Literacy Ambassador Sophia Downey shares her thoughts on Five Survive, written by multimillion-copy bestselling author Holly Jackson.
About Five Survive:
Eighteen year old Red and her friends are on a road trip in an RV, heading to the beach for Spring Break. It's a long drive but spirits are high. Until the RV breaks down in the middle of nowhere. And as the wheels are shot out, one by one, the friends realise that this is no accident. There's a sniper out there. He's watching them and he knows exactly who they are.
One of the group has a secret that the sniper is willing to kill for. As a game of cat-and-mouse plays out, the group desperately tries to get help. Buried secrets are forced to light and tensions within the group reach deadly levels. Only one thing is for sure. Not everyone will survive the night.
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Five Survive is a thriller mystery full of secrets and suspense with themes of courage and betrayal.
The story is about a group of friends who end up breaking down on an abandoned road in an RV in the middle of the night, seemingly by chance, but they soon realise there is more to their situation than meets the eye. The narrative is told through the eyes of Red, a girl who is hiding many secrets, including one that could get her killed but with everyone else harbouring their own secrets they need to work out why they are trapped by a mystery sniper and who is being targeted.
The reality of the storyline combined with the plot twists and mysteries had me captivated and second guessing right until the very end.
Overall this book is an amazing read with the characters portrayed so well I felt like I had known them forever by the end! For me it has cemented Holly Jackson as one of my favourite authors and if you like this book I would recommend reading some of her others as well as Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson or Getting Away with Murder by Kathryn Foxfield, which share similar murder-mystery themes.
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