Monday, September 22, 2014
If We Survive
Author: Andrew Klavan
Info: Thomas Nelson, copyright 2012, 339 pages
What do you do when a mission trip suddenly leaves you caught in the middle of a revolution?
Will Peterson is part of a mission team that has traveled to Costa Verde to rebuild the wall of a school. It's been a great trip-until a revolution breaks out just before they board their plane to go home.
But then it becomes a desperate race to escape: from a firing squad, from savage animals in the depths of the jungle, from prison cells and revolutionaries with machine guns.
One of the girls is showing Will amazing things about what it means to be truly fearless. And one of the guys has the makings of a real hero. None of them will go home the same. If they only survive.
I really liked this one! The plot just dove right in...no beating around the bush. The story is narrated by Will, a sixteen year old who decided to go on a mission trip to get away from his arguing parents. Just as his small group is about to leave, the Central American country they've been working in erupts into chaos. Rebels and revolutionaries storm the streets of the small rural town taking the Americans hostage.
As an undergrad history major, I took several classes on imperialism. One class in particular always stuck with me. On the first day of my History of Latin America class, the professor warned us that we would read stories that would test our patriotism. The United States has participated in some questionable activities all over the world, and it's easy to become disillusioned. The most important thing I took away from that semester was that there are two sides to every story...and both sides believe, in their core, that they are right.
Klavan does a decent job showing both sides of the war. Unfortunately, our band of missionaries are caught in between. Adventure unfolds very quickly at the beginning of the story and you feel so sorry for the characters because there is danger around every. single. corner.
If We Survive is a thrill ride that is also a thoughtful story about courage and faith in the face of death.