Author: Alexandra Coutts
Category: Young Adult
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: 9-17-13
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. – Goodreads
“She knows there might be other endings, bigger endings, soon. The end of everything. The end of time. But it doesn’t matter. All that matters now is that things are changing again, just when she’d started to hope that they wouldn’t.” – ARC
How will people react to the news that the world might end? Does is bring things into focus or blur the lines? Those were the questions I had before I read Tumble & Fall, a thoughtful and thought provoking book about a world that might be ending. In a sea of apocalyptic books, Tumble & Fall stood out because it was a contemporary book, asking a very contemporary question; what would you do? If you are looking for a violent, zombie centered book about the end of the world, this is not it. Tumble & Fall is a quiet and reflective book, full of people that are dealing with the possible end of the world, not by panicking or stockpiling weapons, but by holding close to what they love. Those journeys, told by three different characters, seemed to center on the idea of love; romantic love, familial love, and the kind of love that gives you a sense of community.
It is the journey, rather than one event, that ended up drawing me into this story. Although the world’s possible destruction is, of course, the catalyst of the book, I felt that the actions and feelings of the storytellers in the days leading up to it are what really anchored the book into place for me. The storytellers (Sienna, Zan, and Caden) each had challenges before the world was in danger, and each takes a sort of mini quest that reveals a lot to them about who they are and what really matters. That being said, I really felt that it avoided sounding too syrupy or cliched. The 3rd person narrative keeps the reader at a little bit of a distance, which might have annoyed me, but for this story, I thought it worked well. It lost me a little bit in the middle of the book when one of the characters has a rather odd/unbelievable twist in his life, but I still found the book to be very interesting. I enjoyed the writing and the idea of this book, and I found myself thinking about it long after I finished it. If you are looking for a book that takes a more internal approach to a subject that is usually sensationalized, I recommend giving this book a try.
I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.