Avalanche by Melinda Braun @simonteen ~ Review


Hardcover272 pages
Published November 29th 2016 
by Simon Pulse
Source: ARC provided by the Publisher
Rating: 4 Out of 5 Stars


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.

“I promise it’ll be a weekend you’ll never forget.”

A trip like that is exactly what Matt was hoping for—a fun adventure. A daring escape. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go cross country skiing in a thrilling but dangerous pass through the Rocky Mountains. The perfect way for Matt to forget about his disappointing father and maybe let loose a little with his best friend and a group of carefree adrenaline junkies.

But then their guide takes them off-path…and straight into an avalanche. By the time they make it safely into an abandoned cabin, one skier is dead and another severely injured. Trapped with no heat, no water, and no radio the group decides to wait it out. Help will come. It has to.

Until it doesn’t. And Matt knows if they wait any longer they’ll be dead—just another bunch of victims in Mother Nature’s twisted games. Armed with only a handful of supplies and his fierce determination Matt decides to goes head-to-head with the elements, battling hypothermia, frostbite, and even mountain lions in order to find help and save them all. That is if Mother Nature doesn’t kill him first.


Thank you Simon and Schuster for sending me a copy of Avalanche for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

This book did start off a little slow and Matt seemed a little whinny but then when it got good I could not put it down. There are honestly not that many nature survival stories in young adult, I came across this title searching for my sister-in-law who is 13 and these are the stories she prefers. 

I was glad I found this book. I am from Vermont and used to ski all the time and this brought back so many memories. However, I did not have all the bad things they go through happen to me. This was a story about every possible bad circumstance in nature happening while away from civilization and no form of contact. 

This is definitely a book for reluctant readers and something fast paced and fun to read. I really enjoyed this one and am looking forward to trying to find more titles from Melinda to read.

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About the Author:

Melinda Braun grew up in Wisconsin and received her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and English from the University of Minnesota. Currently, she lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and daughter. Although she loves hiking and camping, she does not enjoy portaging canoes. Stranded is her first novel.


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