The Bear by Claire Cameron - 208 pages
ARC from Little, Brown and Company
While camping with her family on a remote island, five-year-old Anna awakes in the night to the sound of her mother screaming. A rogue black bear, 300 pounds of fury, is attacking the family's campsite, pouncing on her parents as prey.
At her dying mother's faint urging, Anna manages to get her brother into the family's canoe and paddle away. But when the canoe dumps the two children on the edge of the woods, and the sister and brother must battle hunger, the elements, and a dangerous wilderness, we see Anna's heartbreaking love for her family--and her struggle to be brave when nothing in her world seems safe anymore.
Told in the honest, raw voice of five-year-old Anna, this is a riveting story of love, courage, and survival.
My Review: 2 stars
Any book compared to Room by Emma Donoghue will get my attention. Sadly, that’s all it got, because even me, the self-proclaimed Good Book Fairy, couldn’t finish this book. The idea of this story was captivating, but it was the execution that fell short. I didn’t feel like this was a five-year-old’s voice as sometimes she seemed much older versus at times much, much younger. Perhaps I had too high of an expectation for this book so that led to quicker disappointment.
Quotes I liked:
“There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is is love, the only survival, the only meaning.”
-The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thorton Wilder
Tags: 2013, Fiction, Adventure
Labels: 2013, Adventure, Fiction