Monday, July 29, 2013

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

Tumble & Fall

Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts gets points for idea, but the execution leaves me wanting more.  Separated into 3 stories that converge at times, this novel focuses on an asteroid coming straight to earth.  The predictions by NASA and scientists around the world are that this will be a devastating hit and that basically the world will end.  What would you do in the last few days before the end of the world?  Would you spend all your time with your families?  Would you admit defeat or try to strategies a way to survive?  Would you fall in love?  These and other questions are asked in this book.

Sienna has just gotten out of a rehabilitation/treatment center for depressed teens.  Her father has come to get her and bring her to the beach house to await the end of the world with her brother and her soon to be step-mother.  During this time Sienna has to deal with her past actions and some future romance, that came out of nowhere for her. 

Zan’s boyfriend Leo died 10-months earlier.  Dealing with that lose has not been easy, and when Leo’s sister gives Zan the book that was found in his truck, the night of the accident there is a name with a number.  Who is this girl?  Why did Leo have her number?  And was she the reason he was out late and died in a car accident?  Zan is consumed with these questions and her quest to find out the truth will only leave her with more questions, about herself, Leo and Nick.

Caden has always lived with his mother and sister. After his father walked out on them, his mother started to drink heavily and that is the only life that Caden has known.  His story gave me the WTF moment of the day.  After being estranged, his father comes back and kidnaps him (no joke).  This, um, abrupt reunion gives Caden answers to questions he didn’t even know he had and it also solidifies his idea of each one of his family members.

I did like reading from 3 point of views that eventually merged and collided.  There are some great quick life lessons, because if you are going to die in a few weeks or so, why not learn them now.  I do not know what this book was lacking but it just did not have it all for me.  Some things felt too rushed (I know they had a limited time and that was the whole point... but still). 

2/5 stars.  Thanks Net Galley.   

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