Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
Tumble & Fall
By: Alexandra Coutts
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Rating: 1 star
|Summary: 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.
Review: Not what I was expecting, and quite frankly, I just don’t get it.
After reading the summary, I looked at the cover and thought, “Hmmm, doesn’t really look like a science fiction or dystopian.” Well, it’s not.
I spent the first part of the book really confused because I was introduced to three different point of views, and I kept wondering how they were all connected, aside from Zan dropping of groceries at Caden’s place. Well, here’s your warning – they weren’t connected. They never do come together, other than on a car ride and the last scene.
To me, I felt this book would have been better written as three short stories because they were different people dealing with different issues. It was just irritating that my reading experience was constantly interrupted by the next short snippet.
And really, they were just everyday issues that normal people deal with all the time in our society – given, Caden’s adventure was a bit extreme, but that’s not to say that doesn’t happen either. Each character is unhappy with his or her reality, he/she is faced with an alternative, and he/she overcomes said problem, and he/she learns to appreciate what he/she has.
I just don’t understand why Coutts would use the “end of the world” topic in this book. I guess the end of the world makes you realize what’s important in life, but really, the lessons in this book doesn’t need such a dramatic catalyst for one to believe so.
I didn’t get the sense of doom-and-gloom or the desperation one would feel knowing the end was coming. People weren’t scrambling around like they did before Y2K or a hurricane or other natural disaster to prepare themselves. I did find it interesting that everyone seemed to think it was the time to stay at home and spend the last moments with those you care about. I would have expected some people to just think, “What the heck” and start looting or committing other crimes because none of it mattered next week.
The individual stories themselves weren’t bad, though I don’t think they were anything special and even a bit bored. I just don’t really understand why Coutts chose to write this book the way she did.