[ARC Review] Tumble & Fall

Monday, September 16, 2013

Title: Tumble & Fall
Author: Alexandra Coutts
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Source: ARC received by publisher for honest review

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A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.


Tumble and Fall is not like any book out there right now, and if you read the description you will understand why I say this. YA Fiction ha many genres and one of the most popular is dystopian. But honestly I have found in the last year that the genre has become stagnate. But Tumble and Fall takes that genre and turns it on its head. It combines both contemporary and the threat of a dystopian society and creates a book that defies the odds.

What I loved most about this book was the way it was written. We meet four very different character, which in turn go through very different situations. But what I loved was that in the end, they all ended up with the same outlook. All of these characters are threatened by an asteroid that is on a collision course with the United States. And no one knows what that will mean for humanity so what we read are the final days before the end happens.

When you have multiple POVs you are bound to have favorites and I know I did. Sienna was one because of her story and her fight for individuality even though she was just released from a mental hospital. Another was Zan because of the tragedy she faced and the horrors of not having answers to the questions you most desperately want answered.

The writing was flawless, I wanted to crawl into the book and stay there because the prose was so beautiful. There was not a character that felt underdeveloped and there was not a plot line that felt unfinished. The only think i did not like was the end. There was no answer to the ultimate question that was asked throughout the book. But then again I know why the author chose to go the ambiguous route. It allows for readers to create their own ending, whether that he happy or sad.

Everything about Tumble and Fall is unique, and honestly it is a book that all dystopian and contemporary lovers will love because all the elements of a great story are there: great characters, great conflict, and ultimately a great message- that family, no matter how broken they may be, will always be there. Until the very end.

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  1. I love beautiful prose. I am really curious about this book and your review has made me bump it up my TBR

  2. This book has caught my eye quite a few times. Glad to see that it's good. I'll have to check it out sooner rather than later!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction