The Starlight Claim: One boys journey during a crazy insane snowstorm.

The Starlight Claim
Published: Sept 17th 2019
Page Count: 240
Fast-paced, evocative, and intensely suspenseful, Tim Wynne-Jones's latest psychological thriller finds a teenager setting his wits against the frigid wilderness and a menacing crew of escapees. Four months after his best friend, Dodge, disappeared near their families' camp in a boat accident, Nate is still haunted by nightmares. He'd been planning to make the treacherous trek to the remote campsite with a friend -- his first time in winter without his survival-savvy father, Burt. But…

I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was pretty excited when I got approved for this book. The synopsis seemed really interesting and I haven’t really read a book like this one. I don’t want to say that I was disappointed with the book, but it just wasn’t for me. I couldn’t connect with the main character for some reason. The book interested me enough to find out the end, and I thought the writing was well done, but most of the time I just didn’t really care what was going on. It always makes me sad when I don’t absolutely love a book, and it makes me even sadder when I have to review it.

We follow our MC Nate, who is planning his yearly trip to the family's cabin with his friend. 4 months earlier his best friend Dodge died along with his father up by the camp. Nate wants to go to the camp and find his best friend because he feels he is not dead. He has not taken his friends' death well and still struggles with it pretty badly. Days before they planned to leave, his friend gets grounded and can’t go. Nate knows Dodge is out there somewhere and decided to brave it alone, but doesn’t tell his mother or father.

Nate is hoping for some strange reason that Dodge is just holed up in the family cabin and will surprise him when he gets there. He is surprised, but not by Dodge. He finds out that 2 guys are staying in his family cabin that he has no idea who they are. When he looks closer he sees that he does recognize these men, they are the runaway convicts he saw on tv. Nate has no way of contacting the police or his parents because he has no service. Worse is that there is a horrible snowstorm that makes it harder for him to find help.

Throughout the book, Nate has to try to defend himself against these men and try to get some kind of help. He meets someone from his past that he actually has never met and becomes an unlikely ally. Luckily, Nate has been taught all kinds of survival skills from his father and can make it on his own until this snowstorm lifts.

Again, this book was full of adventure and survival, which I enjoy, but this book didn’t do it for me. I do recommend trying it out to see if you like it. It was a pretty quick read since the book was so short. If you do read it, please let me know your thoughts down in the comments!  


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