Jane is on a plane on her way home to Montclair, New Jersey, from a mental hospital. She is about to kill herself. Just before she can swallow a lethal dose of pills, the plane hits turbulence and everything goes black. Jane wakes up amidst piles of wreckage and charred bodies on a snowy mountaintop. There is only one other survivor: a boy named Paul, who inspires Jane to want to fight for her life for the first time.
Jane and Paul scale icy slopes and huddle together for warmth at night, forging an intense emotional bond. But the wilderness is a vast and lethal force, and only one of them will survive.
Survive was unique, ironic, riveting, and inspiring. A true survivor story – in more ways than one. Finally!
Jane and Paul, the main characters in Survive, truly make the story shine. I enjoyed watching them grow and evolve. Jane wants to die. She feels that her suicidal tendencies have been inherited, passed down from her grandmother and father, both who committed suicide themselves. After two failed attempts, she finds herself in Life House, a hospital for troubled teens. Alternatively, Paul seems to have it all together. He’s outgoing, happy, healthy, and full of life. However, appearances can be deceiving. Paul is suffering, too, and he is battling his own demons. When their plane crashes in 250 miles of roadless mountains, known as the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Jane and Paul find themselves as the sole survivors. They soon discover that the wilderness keeps no secrets and demands all or nothing of its visitors.
I’ve always been curious about those who commit suicide. In those few short seconds before the end, do they question their decision? Do they regret it? Do they wish they could go back, start over? In Survive, we are permitted a bit of insight into the mind of Jane, who is ready to end everything on her own terms, only to be put in a position where she has to fight for her life or die. For someone who is big on “planning”, in the fall-out of the crash, Jane learns just how precious life is, and that it really is worth living… if only she could survive the mountain.