Review: The Raft by S.A. Bodeen

The Raft by SA 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.

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.

Title: The Raft
Author: S.A. Bodeen
Publication date: August 1, 2012

The main character in The Raft is incredibly stupid. I didn’t finish the book, but I can only hope she died at the end. I hope that her newly pierced nose got so infected that her nose fell off painfully before she died.

The only reason Robie was even on the doomed flight is because she got scared by a homeless man on the streets of Honolulu. Her aunt had to leave town unexpectedly and Robie was too afraid to stay in her aunt’s apartment alone. Never mind that her aunt’s apartment had a door with a lock and the building had a doorman and that she had no reason she had to leave the apartment until her aunt returned. Poor little Robie was scared and wanted to go home.

She was fifteen, not five! Maybe her parents should have better prepared her for life among actual people instead of doing whatever it is they were doing on Midway. Growing up completely isolated didn’t do her much good.

After the crash, Robie and Max were alone on the raft for days. The way he was portrayed, as a new co-pilot, someone Robie didn’t know, I half expected Max to be some kind of terrorist. Maybe he was, I don’t know. I didn’t get that far. I do know I hated him because he went from unconsciousness to droning on for hours about his life in high school back to unconsciousness again. Nobody cares, Max! You’re a pilot! That’s way more interesting than being a high school wrestler.

The final straw for me was the seal that got bitten by the shark. And I was done.