So I was REALLY eager to start reading this one, survival on an inhabited island? With the only people being other teams? Mystery and potentials murder? Oh, yes, sign me up.
Sadly, from the beginning it just wasn’t all that. For instance these kids are going survivalling, they want to bring with them some electronics but then are too dumb to understand that stuff may get wet and you should put them in a plastic/waterproof/tight bag. They then proceed to be really shocked that their stuff is dead and soaked when they get to a dry point.
Not to mention that if you have x time to cross a waterway that is about to flood in a few hours that maybe you shouldn’t just rely on one watch, especially when that watch is a smart watch. Instead set up multiple watches to make sure you are getting dry on the land.
I hated the mom in the then parts. Dear lord, that woman. Oh, my kid just hit a pregnant lady (my sister) with a heavy book out of nowhere, she is now angry, but it is my kid, he probably didn’t mean it? Let me just hug him for an hour. Oh my kid cut off someone’s hair because she didn’t want to give her lunch to him, he has no issues. I will sue the school instead. And how she constantlylets Ben pick up everything, and let him/her do all the work.
Plus it made me feel real disturbed about Will. What kind of effing psychopath is that guy that he does all that shit? From small kid to what he is now, I don’t even want to know how terrible and frightening he is now. He seems normal in the Now parts, but good grief, I don’t want to know how fast that guy will snap. shivers He should have gotten help from the moment that people noticed something was wrong with him. Dad should just have done something to get that kid help, but it seems that dad was pretty oblivious to what was going on.
Ben, I keep thinking that he is actually a she. I am not too sure how to explain this correctly, but with how he acts, how he does, how he thinks, everything just screams GIRL to me. Even when eventually told Ben is a he, I kept seeing him as a girl. Eventually I gave up on telling my mind that the character is supposed to be a boy and saw him 100% as a girl.
I did feel sorry for Ben, that she had to give up so much, I wish she would just say no. Sorry, you are not your brother’s keeper, you also get a chance at living. Just pick you for once.
The tooth-extraction scene? WTF WTF WTF and also NOPE NOPE NOPE pukes.
I still don’t get the reasoning behind it. How did we go from normal kids to oh hey we have to extract a tooth to have equal trade. pukes And then they do it in such an irresponsible way. Giving the guy medicine, drugs (magical mushrooms), and oh yes, vodka (because that is just what you want to give someone when blood is about to flow out of them). It was just so disgusting, plus again, so unbelievably stupid that it just didn’t make sense and I don’t see why it was added. I could see that maybe later in the story it would have worked better, but now it just felt weird (not to mention uberdisgusting). And then to hilarity sake that that happened to the tooth. Good grief.
Then later Carmen disappears, and I just knew crap was about to hit the fan, and yep. It did. In a very disgusting way. 😐
How didn’t they just make a list for each person on what to bring? Especially Grady, someone should have kept an eye on him and what he brought. 😐
Grady, was it needed to add him to the mix? He seemed to totally not fit the whole survival trip stuff, OK, sure, the others also didn’t seem the type, but he was 100% not fit for it all. Plus his conspiracies got on my nerves.
Also I am pretty sure that is a hint to something very disturbing, but when they found that note at the beginning (and also later another one) that kept going on about Elizabeth’s thumb, Elizabeth’s thumb. I can only guess what will happen later in the book, not that I will be around to read it.
Sorry, these kids are just badly prepared for something like this. I had expected them to at least have some form of skills, but to me they seemed to just do this for lols and oh yes, money. Because they all had some sad backstory and needed the money so desperately that they would just extract a tooth from a dear friend. 😐 Also who the hell eats magic mushrooms while on a survival trip?
I would have also loved to see the other teams. Now we just see them fleetingly from a distance, or read that they are around.
So yep, I am backing my way out of this one and say a big fat NOPE to this one. 😐