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Exciting Books of Survival and Adventure

December 2, 2016
Catherine Hayden
Riveted Editorial Board
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As a kid, I loved books about survival and adventure—stories where teens, just like me, had to battle the elements and use their skills and wits to get out of life or death situations. Like many kids who weren’t generally allowed to go out and do crazy things, I had an appetite for excitement that could only be satisfied by books and my own imagination. Books were a way for me to escape and feel like I was having my own adventure, without actually leaving the comfort of my own home! So it’s no surprise that I read Avalanche as soon as I could get my hands on it. It’s clear that my love of survival and adventure still holds strong. That’s why I had to put together a list of some of my favorites!

Can’t wait to read Avalanche? You’re in luck! We have an extended excerpt available until December 12th so you can start your adventure right away! Plus, check out our behind the book with author Melinda Braun. Stranded, Melinda’s first novel, is also a free read until Decmber 12th!

If you love this list, let us know in the comments!

Avalancheby Melinda Braun

Two groups of teens—those waiting to be saved and those doing the saving—are in a race against time and a battle against Mother Nature after an avalanche traps them in an isolated cabin in this chilling novel.

Strandedby Melinda Braun

In the tradition of 127 Hours and The Edge, a fascinating and suspenseful novel about a group of teens battling for their lives against the most violent villain in history—Mother Nature.

Downriverby Will Hobbs

No adults, no permit, no river map. After fifteen-year-old Jessie gets sent to Discovery Unlimited, an outdoor education program, she and six companions “borrow” the company’s rafting gear and take off down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon on their own. Floating beneath sheer red walls, camping on white sand beaches, and exploring caves and waterfalls, Jessie and the others are having the time of their lives—at first. But when they’re pursued by helicopters, they boldly push on into the black-walled inner gorge, the heart of the Grand Canyon, only to encounter huge rapids, bone-chilling rain, injuries, and conflict within the group. What will be the consequences of their reckless adventure?

Flight #116 is Down!by Caroline B. Cooney

Saturday, 5:10 P.M. Sixteen-year-old Heidi Landseth is alone in her isolated home near New York City. 5:15 P.M. Across town, seventeen-year-old Patrick Farquhar, a volunteer rescue worker, longs to prove himself a real emergency.

Savageby Thomas E. Sniegoski

Sidney and her friends must race to find the origin of a storm that has hit their small island home—turning every animal into savage weapons—in this suspenseful thriller from New York Times bestselling author, Thomas E. Sniegoski.

This is Not a Testby Courtney Summers

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self.

The Raftby S.A. Bodeen

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.

Nightfallby Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.

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