Thursday, January 14, 2016

Review Tour and Giveaway: The Cave by Michela Montgomery

Book Blurb:

The Cave by Michela Montgomery (The Wind Cave #1)

When a nuclear war devastates the U.S., a four-day excursion quickly turns into a fight for survival in The Cave. Six Stanford students journey into one of the deepest and longest caves in North America. A day into their journey, a nuclear war begins from within the U.S. Unable to return to the surface, and unsure what they will find when they do, the Cave will test the strength and survival of each person differently – transforming six individuals into a team, and ultimately…a family.

Published by: Post Hill Press

Publication date: April 7th 2015

Genres: New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic

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My Review:

3 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Dystopian, Survival--

Katie wanted an opportunity to tell her long time crush how she felt so she jumped on the chance to go on a caving excursion and dragged along her best friend. Little did she know that her crush Percy had invited along 3 other Stanford students, including his new girlfriend. Katie is emotionally devastated but needs to figure out how to come to terms with everything when something strange happens and the group finds themselves stuck in the cave with limited resources and no idea what is going on with the outside world.

I found the idea of this book to be really interesting so I was excited to get my hands on a copy to read. Unfortunately, I think my expectations may have been too grand or maybe skewed is a better choice, because I only found the book to be ok. The story centers on 6 college-ish students who go explore a the biggest/deepest cave and end up staying down a lot longer than the 4 day excursion was suppose to take due to unforeseen circumstances. The book was very realistic, with scientific analysis and references to things such as seismic activity and water purity. All of that is fine, and makes for a detailed account of how the group can survive such terrible odds, it just was not as engaging as I would have liked it to be. And to be honest, I was really expecting to have some sort of supernatural scenario to present itself in the story. A supernatural story this was not. But if you are looking for a realistic scientific account of how these people survive with some drama thrown in, this would be the book for you.

Another issue with the book for me was that I did not really care for Katie, which if I don’t like the main character, I have a struggle reading the story. On one hand I think she is a very strong capable person, and if I was stuck in a cave I would pick her to be stuck with me. But when it comes to her emotional strength, I felt she was lacking. She shied away from touch and any sort of relationship, yet has day dreamed about her older lab partner(?) for 4 years and now wants to act on it. I think if he has not made a move in that amount of time he is either not interested or so dense you would not want him anyway. She was like a delicate little already damaged flower who lacked the social skills needed to be human. It made me a little skeeved out that she made a move for Percy after she heard him having sex with his girlfriend (who happens to be a very likeable and smart character that I liked the best).I really liked all 4 of the side characters more than Katie and Percy and wished I could have had more of them.

There is a love triangle between Katie and her crush Percy (who I did not like even a little bit) and a totally random guy who has liked Katie for a while but she never knew he existed. Matt was a whatever character, half player/half sweet romantic. If I had to choose a mate for Katie, I would pick Matt who was not an emotionless tool. Percy was real tool, an emotionless robot (and a guy who makes a romantic move on another girl while in the same room as his girlfriend is not mate potential, FYI). Also, I found it at times confusing when the book which was predominantly narrated by Katie would switch to one of the guys views, but it was not always clear who the view was. I did like the outside snippets the author provided about the terrorist activities which were the backbone of the story.

I thought the idea was interesting, it just was not the book for me. I am sure someone else will really like the book and the concept behind it. I am not sure if I would read more in what could potentially be a series with the cliffhanger ending this book had.I think the plot of the survival in the caves would have been a great book without the love triangle drama thrown in.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

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