Waiting on Wednesday: The Raft

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...

Title: The Raft
Author: S.A. Bodeen (Blog)
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publish Date: August 21, 2012
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Pages: 231

Robie, 15, lives with her family on the Midway atoll, a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific. Her parents are scientists; it’s an isolated life. Robie enjoys visiting her aunt in Hawaii – she gets back and forth on a cargo plane that brings supplies to Midway.

During a visit, her aunt is called to the mainland for a work emergency, leaving Robie to get home on her own. On her flight back to Midway the cargo plane hits nasty weather, and goes down. It’s just Robie, the pilot, and Max, a co-pilot she’s never met till this flight, on board. Robie is pulled aboard a raft by Max, who is injured and slipping in and out of consciousness.

They have a bag of candy and very little water between them. When they finally reach an island that seems abandoned, Robie hopes they’ll be found quickly. But she’s not sure she was even on the flight manifest. Her parents must be looking for her…aren’t they?
I actually snagged a coveted copy of this bad boy, and I was immediately sold on the insanely/eerily awesome cover. Seriously, if that's not foreboding, than the synopsis of The Raft pretty much sums it up. I haven't read too much thriller-esque contemps as of late, and this seems to have a touch of LOST and a whole lot of awesome. Needless to say, I can't wait to start it! What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?


  1. Wonderful pick, Melissa! I managed to snag a copy for review, too! Really excited to see how it turns out =)
    My pick:http://mochalattereads.blogspot.com/2012/01/waiting-on-wednesday40.html
    Happy Reading~
    A Cupcake and a Latte: Young Adult Reviews!

  2. This looks really good! Cant wait to read it! Awesome pick!


  3. Wowza! This book sounds seriously awesome. Kind of like Cast Away, but without Wilson, the volley ball. I'll be keeping an eye out for this one!

    - Jackie

  4. I'm not super big on survivor stories but I do like this one. I'll look forward to your review.

  5. I LOVE survivors stories and this one sounds really good. My WOW > http://windowpane-memoirs.com/

  6. This looks SO thrilling and SO psychological. THAT, my friend, is a good choice.

  7. I do love the cover & the description of it, but still I'm not sold. ;) I will wait for the reviews.

  8. Wow, this sounds amazing! I'm looking forward to what you have to say about it once you've read it.

  9. Good WoW :) SOunds creepy indeed

  10. Haven't heard of this one, does sound pretty good!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

  11. This sounds awesome! Great pick!!!

  12. I didn't really like LOST (well, not as much as everyone else, haha) but I love stories that are set on islands. I'll definitely add this on Goodreads. Thanks for sharing :)

    Here's my pick for this week.

    Have a great day,
    Books, Biscuits & Tea

  13. This sounds like an amazing read :)

  14. Also, I think that's the shortest comment I've ever left you, so I'm commenting again because I can't deal with the shortness:)

  15. YAY! This is my Waiting on Wednesday too! It sounds so good! Great choice :)

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  16. The Raft sounds and looks so good!!

  17. Great pick! The tension is already building up in the blurb. I have to have this one!

    My WoW post

  18. Desert island? I'm sold! It sounds like such a gripping read!

  19. I have heard of this one! I'll be interested to hear what you think. Good premise.

    My Pick:
    Glitter Lit

  20. The summary alone freaks me out! I can't even imagine the terror I'd feel in a situation like that. Interested to see how it'll be handled!

  21. I usually love survivalist tales (seriously, as a kid that was practically all I read), so this one sounds right up my alley!

    1. Hey Melissa! So I'm doing a little experiment here to figure out if we get notified if we our comments on other blogs get replied to with this new system. Hope you don't mind, dear! :)

  22. Looks super interesting! A bag of candy on a island... yikes! My Wow is here: Colorimetry

  23. Very promising premise! I will now add this to my TBR list. Thanks for sharing. :)

  24. This book sounds AMAZING! When it popped up in a IMM a few weeks ago I was ecstatic. I love these type of books! There seems to be a bunch of survival type books coming out this summer. You are so lucky to have gotten an ARC! I requested one but haven't heard back :(. Here’s my WoW post! ~ Jen @ A Book and a Latte - 2012 YA Audiobook Challenge

  25. Ooh, that synopsis gave me the chills. And the cover's just as eerie. Nice pick.


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