I received this book for free from the Books & Sensibility ARC Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux on 17 September 2013
Source: Books & Sensibility ARC Tours
A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings
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.
Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.
Thoughts: Going in to Tumble & Fall, I thought it would be a love story set against the backdrop of the end of the world. It sort of was. There are three teens and some major issues going on in their lives that they are forced to deal with as the world counts down the days remaining to planet Earth. I found the writing emotionally powerful and there were a few points that made me cry, but ultimately I couldn’t connect with the story as a whole.
Part of the problem is that there are three stories connected only in that the three point of view characters are all on the same island. This next part is potentially a spoiler, so I am hiding it, but it is something that I wish I had known going in: View Spoiler » The three stories never connect in a meaningful way. They all end up in the same place while they wait for the meteor to hit, but I was left wondering why they were sharing the same book. « Hide Spoiler
This next part is going to sound stupid. I know that the whole end of the world thing is what sold me on reading this book, but it also made me feel like the story just didn’t matter. And… more spoilers (thank you ultimate book blogger plug in). I’m sorry if this gets snarky, I try really hard not to be on this blog. View Spoiler » The book reinforced that our impending doom will make people fight and f**k. I don’t need a book to tell me that. And of course the end of the world is going to make people reconnect, I just couldn’t wrap my head around the way people were doing it. There is the girl who falls in love so quickly that within a week she almost abandons her family who loves her to spend the end of the world with the new boy. Then there is the girl who is getting over the death of her boyfriend and spends the book thinking he might have cheated on her, only to realize that he was actually the perfect boyfriend. Instead of moving on, she uses this to recommit to the memory of her dead boyfriend, because he obviously wouldn’t want her to find happiness. Finally there is the boy whose rich and egotistical father kidnaps him to keep him safe in a specially designed bunker. But the kid sleeps with his dad’s girlfriend and runs away to die on the beach out of some sort of loyalty to his alcoholic mother who has never been there for him. In the end, I was left hoping the world destroyed them. « Hide Spoiler
Moments I Loved: Finding out what the dead boyfriend was really up to.
WTF Moments: A father buys his son a prostitute. Awkward and uncomfortable? Yes, but also the most interesting part of the book.
Overall: The scenes and characters were emotionally moving, but I couldn’t get away from the idea that the world was about to end and nothing mattered.