February ScaredyKIT - Survival/Disaster
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Survival stories give us a glimpse of what human beings are capable of when they are pushed to their limits. Whether fiction or non-fiction, tales of natural (or man-made) disasters and tragic accidents show just how much the human spirit can endure and overcome. February's ScaredyKIT will focus on Disaster and Survival stories, and there are many out there to choose from. Here are a few examples to give you some ideas:
*Lord of the Flies
*World War Z
*The Last One
*The Hunger Games
*Life of Pi
*Life as We Knew It
*Into the Wild
*Into Thin Air
*The Perfect Storm
*Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage
For those doing the AlphaKIT, Hatchet is written by Gary Paulsen (he's written many other survival stories as well), and would fit for February's AlphaKIT for P. Susan Beth Pfeiffer's Life as We Knew It (and others in the series) would also work for P, as would Piers Paul Read's Alive. The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger would work for both of February's letters, P and J.
I haven't decided what I'm going to read yet. A quick peek at my shelves only found one obvious option, Sail, by James Patterson. I'm not sure I really want to read that at the moment, so I'm going to keep looking.
ETA: I forgot about my kindle shelves. I'm now wondering if Caroline: Little House Revisited would work. I'd much rather read that than the Patterson. Although with P and J being the Alpha letters maybe I should go with Sail.
I've got an audible copy of Jurassic Park I've been meaning to read. And it too fits the AlphaKIT.
I'll have a look on my shelves and decide. I know I have a couple that would fit this month.
I love survival stories! I am thinking of reading Before the Fall or Good Morning, Midnight, or even better, both.
In addition to all the great suggestions in >1 virginiahomeschooler: here is a pretty good list of Survival Stories for even more ideas: https://www.librarything.com/list/692/all/Survival-Stories
Oh ! Just dawned on me that what I'm reading for SFFKIT will also work here: Hunted by Kevin Hearne. Survive baby, survive!
>7 majkia: That means it will fit BingoDOG "a book that fits two KITs/CATs" too! Nice going!
>2 virginiahomeschooler: I personally would probably not count Caroline: Little House Revisited as a survival story although it does feature hardships including fording a dangerous river and giving birth with only a neighbor to help. There are a couple of scenes with Indians, which Caroline handles well; the family is not seriously threatened. The Ingalls are not nearly as poor financially as in many of the other books; they leave Indian Territory because the man to whom they sold their Wisconsin property defaulted on payments. They were not driven out by the Indians.
However, different people have different ideas of what makes survival stories. I think for these challenges each individual uses her own judgment as to whether a particular reading fits. Also, I might not be understanding the definition of survival as far as literature is concerned.
>12 sallylou61: That makes sense. I did wonder if it would really work. I've got a few options I'm considering.
After doing a bit of a search I think I will probably read Lost in the Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival by Yossi Ghinsberg. Has anybody here read that one?
I think I'm going to try Station Eleven. It's been recommended by LT based on my other books, and it sounds interesting.
Seconding the recommendation of Endurance, and putting forward my own recommendation: Curse of the Narrows, by Laura M. MacDonald, about the Halifax Explosion.
>20 rabbitprincess: Ok, that the 2nd book tonight I've seen mentioned about the Halifax explosion! The other over on GR. I've already added the other to my tbr, so I will (at least for now!) refrain from adding another! However, I think it's kind of funny to come across two mentioned on the topic within 20 or 30 minutes (when it's not a "conversation" about it, anyway!).
>21 LibraryCin: The 100th anniversary of the Halifax explosion was just last month so you'll find it mentioned often.
>21 LibraryCin: Was it Shattered City? That one was good. I also have Bearing Witness out from the library, which is about the journalists and recordkeepers documenting the explosion.
>22 VivienneR: I was in Halifax last May and JUST missed out on the Maritime Museum's 100th anniversary exhibit (it was going to open in June, I think). That would have been really interesting.
>22 VivienneR: oh, of course!
>23 rabbitprincess: i dont think it was... let me check what its called...
Its called the great halifax explosion a world war i story of treachery, tragedy...
Ah the touchstones not working. Ill try again when im on my pc.
ETA: Just editing now to attempt the touchstone again. Seems to work ok from my PC.
>24 LibraryCin: Ah, the new one! My BF's dad got that one for Christmas. I shall have to borrow it from him when he's done.
For this month's theme, I read Ararat by Christopher Golden. It is set on Mount Ararat in Turkey. It begins with an earthquake and avalanche, which exposes a buried ship that could be Noah's Ark. Well, there's something supernatural hiding in there, and the team of archaeologists investigating the ship must survive that plus a climb down the mountain in a blizzard. Standard escapist fare, much gore.
I am thinking about reading my copy of The Passage by Justin Cronin. Has anyone read it and if so, would it fit the February ScaredyKIT?
>29 lkernagh: Yes, I've read the whole trilogy and it would most definitely fit.
I have finished Home by Tom Abrahams, a post-apocalyptic, survival story that had a main character who reminded me of a super-hero but it was full of action and a page turner which made for a good read at this busy time.
Read Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. I got this audio book free during Audible's anniversary celebration. A great book. 4.17 stars.
I have completed The Revenant by Michael Punke, this adventure novel is based on the true story of fur trapper Hugh Glass who was terribly mauled by a grizzly bear, abandoned by his fellow trappers yet survived by crawling his way to safety.
Finished The Children of Men, which started off slowly for me, but which I ended up reading the second half of in two sittings and really enjoying. Full review written for anyone interested :)
I will say... I don't remember the movie at all, but for the very ending scene which has always stayed with me even to the smallest detail, and for remembering that I enjoyed it. Yet, even just based on the ending and my impressions of this book, I have to think the book and movie are very very different, and I'll have to re-watch it to see how they played out the story. In any case, I do recommend the book, in the end.
>40 staci426: I’ve read Mountains of Madness by Lovecraft previously. I did think about it while reading Endurance.
I've finished The Passage by Justin Cronin. Overall, a gripping, suspense read with all the elements to make an easy transition from book to screen. One doesn’t need to be a dystopian or urban fantasy fan to appreciate this for the suspense ride it is although some might feel that it is another one of those reads written to target a mainstream reading audience. I am good with mainstream when I want a suspense read!
Completed Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, literary fiction that features disaster and survival (pandemic). More a story of interconnections, survival of culture/art.
I also read Station Eleven. I quite liked it! I agree it's less survival horror and more about people and connections in a changed world.
I have finished Lost in the Jungle, a true story of four young men who meet in Bolivia that decide to go adventuring into the jungle. As the title indicates, they get lost and experience great danger, fear and tragedy. A pretty good read that was made into a movie last year. I guess I will have to watch that now.
I hadn't thought about it fitting this when I began it, but Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year definitely counts!
I finished a second read for this category: The Salt Line by Holly Goddard Jones. It is set in a near-future South where ticks have become so deadly that people have retreated inside zones surrounded by a ring of scorched zone to keep the ticks out. An adventure company takes rich tourists on expeditions to the outside where they can experience nature again if they are willing to risk the very gruesome effects of a tick bite. Since the time of year for ticks is almost upon us, you can imagine how this gave me the willies! The story is about such a group setting out on an expedition, but things quickly take an unexpected and suspenseful turn. I really sped through this story, which combines dystopian and apocalyptic elements, suspense, and political commentary. The author is from my home state of North Carolina.
I finished South: The Endurance Expedition, Ernest Shackleton's own account of the voyage. It was very good but it sounds as if Lansing's version is as good if not better.
I also finished The River at Night by Erica Ferencik, about four friends who attempt to survive a nightmarish white-water rafting trip in the wilderness. It was not bad, but not remarkable either.
I'm currently reading Shift, the second book in Hugh Howey's post-apocalyptic sci-fi Silo series.
I finished La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman which was indeed, one long attempt to survive various foes! Loved it!
>48 sturlington: Scary and irresistible - this one is being added to my library list.
Bride of the Rat-God by Barbara Hambly definitely fits as a poor starlet attempts to save herself from a resurrected elder God.
I finished The Martian yesterday. Very interesting, even if I didn't get much of the science stuff. But definitely a good choice for a survival story.
Finished my last book for February; The Fifth Wave, your adult book about surviving alien takeover of earth and the eradication of humans. Pretty good young adult book that i can recommend,
Those Girls / Chevy Stevens.
Due to the abuse suffered at the hands of their father (their mother died a few years earlier), three sisters, Dani, Courtney, and Jess, run away, only to find themselves in a town where some initially seemingly nice guys help them out. But, this goes badly and they end up in another terrifyingly horrible situation! 18 years later, after having lived in Vancouver since then and having built a life for themselves, things take another turn and the past is back…
I was trying to describe that with no spoilers - at least nothing that was not mentioned on the back of the book (I may have mentioned less than what’s on the book blurb)! The first half of the book is told from Jess’ point of view; Jess is the youngest sister. Perspective switches for the second half. This was a book I just didn’t want to put down! I wanted to keep reading. There is a lot of violence, though, so be warned of that.
I hope everyone enjoyed their survival / disaster stories and maybe discovered some new ones as well. Feel free to continue adding your books to the wiki.
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