The Raft

The Raft

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Robie is an experienced traveler. She's taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, there's a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesn't panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft. And then . . . she's in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and that's when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But there's no sign of help on the way.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 231 pages
  • 149 x 211 x 21mm | 336g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0312650108
  • 9780312650100
  • 730,635

Review quote

"This book will satisfy anyone who likes a good survival story."--"School Library Journal" "A compelling survival adventure."--"Kirkus""" ." old-fashioned adventure story." --"Horn Book"""
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About S A Bodeen

S. A. Bodeen's first novel, "The Compound," earned her a "Flying Start" from "PW" and was chosen by YALSA as a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers. She lives in Oregon with her family.
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Rating details

13,757 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 32% (4,376)
4 32% (4,390)
3 24% (3,319)
2 9% (1,240)
1 3% (432)

Our customer reviews

Initially intrigued by the undertaking that S.A. Bodeen tackled, that of making floating at sea in a dingy not only interesting, but suspenseful, I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by The Raft. While not without it's flaws - a selfish, monotone protagonist and a not-so-surprising twist ending - The Raft was a quick and entertaining read. Robie was not an easy protagonist to like. A little younger than most YA protagonist's I read about, at fifteen Robie was quite immature. Knowing her best chance of survival is to lessen the weight in the raft, she decides to toss an unconscious Max overboard, leaving him tied behind the raft in a lifejacket to float along behind her. This is after she goes through his personal belongings and eats half of his Skittles. Later, we watch her catch and eat a fish, without bothering to try and wake up Max to offer him some before it spoiled in the sun's heat. She feels pangs of guilt over her actions, but justifies them as part of her quest for survival. So while I can mostly understand her reasoning, I had a hard time relating to her decisions. She was also quite a monotone protagonist, with understated reactions to extreme situations being the norm. Unless she was concerned about a tiger shark attack, not much fazed her. She remarked on her surroundings and chances of survival with an almost calculated apathy, and Max's declining health was of little consequence. Further, much of Robie's time spent floating at sea was passed with seemingly endless facts about the surrounding marine life - what types of fish were toxic, why coral reef was so deadly, the mating and migrating habits of the Albatross, the penalty of interfering with a near-extinct type of seal, and the list goes on. While a part of me found the random facts to be interesting, there was also a part of me that had to fight against skipping whole paragraphs of dull and useless information. Max's role in The Raft was haphazard and scattered, with him regaining consciousness for brief periods where he would continue to share his life's story. He was conveniently conscious when Robie needed a push to do something, or when she was feeling the most lonely. He was never really developed as a character, and so I had little sympathy for him or his past. Even though the majority of the book is spent in a raft, Bodeen's pacing was spot-on, allowing for a suspenseful read. I waited for the next obstacle for Robie to overcome with bated breath, always questioning if the next obstacle would be her undoing. I enjoyed seeing the depths to which Robie was able to push herself - both mentally and physically - in order to survive, and her quick-thinking saved her life in several situations. But with The Raft's ending came a "shocking" twist that revealed a truth about Robie that was slightly disturbing. Without getting in to spoilers, I'll just say that after almost two weeks at sea, her physical health isn't the only thing that her parents should be worried about! A quick read, I enjoyed The Raft. Robie was not my favourite protagonist, but I watched with an almost morbid fascination as she fought the elements in order to survive. Even though I saw the twist coming, I still enjoyed watching Robie come to terms with its' consequences. If you're looking for a quick and entertaining read, The Raft might be just what you need!show more
by Pretty Little Reader
Thank you to Feiwel & Friends and NetGalley! Lucky. It's what Robie Mitchell is considered but she doesn't feel very lucky when she finds herself living a nightmare, stranded in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a flimsy raft! With an unconscious co-pilot her only company, and a bag of Skittles for food! While visiting Aunt Jillian, unexpectedly she's called away, Robie makes the choice to go home. The cargo plane that she catches has a weight limit but Robie didn't get that memo. The plane starts to go down Robie and Max are the only ones that got out alive. Robie was a little whiny. The characters in this book are very sleepy, there's a lot of sleeping in this book, lol. I really like survival stories like this. The story moved fast, maybe a little too fast, rushed a little. ~spoiler~ If you have not read the book, please don't read the following! <spoiler>The end of the book was a little confusing for me, I kept asking myself "Was Max really there or had she gone crazy and imaged he was?"</spoiler>show more
by Sarah
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