welcome to my very first blog tour for the year 2021! and what a great read! thank you book terminal tours and henry holt & company for making this experience possible! for the tour schedule, you can check it out here.
natalia should enjoy her first hike, especially since she was spending it with wyatt. charming wyatt, who convinced her to go on this trip. however, a great fire ignited, blocking their way home, and natalia had a past with fire that was still haunting her. together with other people, they had to travel to their only exit, which was miles away. either they wait for the fire to devour them or they die trying to get away from it.
“humans – all animals, really – are hardwired to notice contrasts, not constants.”
each of the character had their own hell to face, and it was not helping that a fire was chasing them. along the way, with wyatt acting as their team leader, natalia and their companions faced challenges that brought their wills to the test. one’s knee dislocated, one experienced a panic attack, but thanks to natalia and wyatt’s knowledge medically and psychologically, they were able to conquer such struggles. one of the things that i loved was how the author explained the medical and psychological happenings that occurred, providing enough details for readers to understand the procedures natalia and wyatt were exercising. natalia’s trauma, although very sad, added a spice to the plot and was very relevant to her development as a character. her trauma motivated her to conquer it, which was empowering.
“plus my counselor taught me that if you pay attention to physical sensations it’s hard to get stuck in your own head. because inside your head is almost always worse than reality.”
a fast-paced story, which was also plot-driven as the turn of events did not always go with the characters’ expectations. they would reach a finish line, only to find out they were on another starting line. with suspense incorporated, making me breathless and scared for their lives, proving that i was greatly attached and was rooting for them. from now on, i will watch out for more of april henry. she delivered a story about survival and courage, which branded itself to my heart.
*an advanced copy of the book was provided by the organizer and publisher via netgalley
about the book:
Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks. Six years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is cautious and always plays it safe. For months, her co-worker Wyatt has begged her to come hiking with him, and Natalia finally agrees.
But when a wildfire breaks out, blocking the trail back, a perfect sunny day quickly morphs into a nightmare. With no cell service, few supplies, and no clear way out of the burning forest, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they’re going to survive. Hiking in the dark, they must reach the only way out―a foot bridge over a deep canyon―before the fire catches them. | goodreads | amazon | b&n | indiebound
New York Times-bestselling author April Henry knows how to kill you in a two-dozen different ways. She makes up for a peaceful childhood in an intact home by killing off fictional characters. There was one detour on April’s path to destruction: when she was 12 she sent a short story about a six-foot tall frog who loved peanut butter to noted children’s author Roald Dahl. He liked it so much he showed it to his editor, who asked if she could publish it in Puffin Post, an international children’s magazine. By the time April was in her 30s, she had started writing about hit men, kidnappers, and drug dealers. She has published 25 mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults, with more to come. She is known for meticulously researching her novels to get the details right. | author website