Survival was the last thing on Joel’s mind when he turned 40, but when his best friend Jamie sends him a birthday gift for the ultimate survival experience, he can’t really pass up the chance to pretend to be the next Bear Grylls with his friends, now can he? In Savages by Andrew Lowe, we learn how quickly a fun little experiment can make the deadliest of turns. Check out the end of this post for an incredible giveaway from the wonderful author himself, Andrew. You could receive a copy of Savages just by commenting on this post! Everyone who comments will be entered to win, and I’ll pick the winner one week from when this post is live.
This thriller wasn’t what I had originally expected. I knew it was going to be about surviving in the wilderness, but it didn’t start off the usual way that I would expect a psychological thriller to start. It was very laid back, drawn out, and only picked up the pace in the second half of the second part. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because I was able to get to know Joel, and his friends, this book was very straight forward until the climax. Goal was just a typical guy doing things with his buddies, that I would assume any 40 year old would be doing. Like going to the bar, playing sports, and enjoying his family.
Then his best friend sends him on an excursion that is supposed to last 18 days, and mimic a survival experiment, on a tropical island. All while his family waits in a near by hotel. At first everything is great, the guys are getting along, the drinks are flowing, and they are cooking on a campfire every night. Then all of sudden, their equipment starts going missing-the satellite phone they need in order to stay in contact with the “real world” disappears, and the men eventually start to blame each other. They soon realize that they may not be alone on the island after all.
That’s when things start to get really serious, people start turning up missing, and the guys are pushed into real survival mode. Back at the hotel, the families have no idea that any of this is going on, and the company that created the excursion has their own ideas, and they reassure the families that everything is perfectly fine.
I really don’t want to give away the ending, because the whole secret and twist behind the novel was pure gold, so I’ll leave the synopsis right there. What I can tell you is that the end will come rushing you, full speed, and you will not be expecting it. I enjoyed reading this book about Joel and his friends, and the last page had me shook to my core. Like I said the beginning was slow, but once the terror starts the action snowballs out of control. I loved it, I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!