Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Author Spotlight: The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett

Posted by HelloJennyReviews at 9:00 AM
Kim Liggett

At sixteen, Kim Liggett left her rural midwestern town for New York City to pursue a career in music. Along with lending her voice to hundreds of studio recordings, she was a backup singer for some of the biggest rock bands in the 80's. 
Kim spends her free time studying the tarot and scouring Manhattan for vials of rare perfume and the perfect egg white cocktail.

Title: The Unfortunates
Genre: Young Adult Horror/Thriller
Author: Kim Liggett
Publisher: Tor Teen
Publication: July 10th 2018 
Cover Rating: 4/5
Reading format: Provided ARC

The Unfortunates by Kim Liggett is the story of Grant Tavish the 5th and his family tradition trip where in order to become a man he must go through the cave system of the Appalachian Trail and survive on the land. But this trip is more than just a family tradition for Grant. This trip will be how Grant makes things right in the world after he caused a horrific accident that killed people. 

Grant Tavish is the son of a senator. So when he is in a fatal car accident, his father covers up the story so Grant’s future won't be tainted. Problem is, Grant might have wanted that at the time of the accident but now that he has had time to think about it, he wants to own up to his actions and face the consequences. But his lawyer keeps drilling into him, “I don’t remember anything.” Right before Grant is supposed to appear in court, he has a family tradition trip planned. A trip where he must go to the Appalachian Trail, go through the cave system and survive off the land.

Grant has this trip entirely planned out. If his father won’t let him face up to his actions then he will just take himself out of the equation. Problem is, the cave he needs to enter to make his plan work is closed off. But that doesn’t stop Grant from entering the cave. He wants to disappear on this trip, what’s a little added danger? But what happens when that added danger ends up collapsing the cave system and adds the lives of four other teenagers into the mix? He already killed people with his careless accident, so he has to do everything in his power to make sure these guys make it out of here alive.

After the collapse, this book turns into one hell of a horror story. It might not be action-packed or intense but it is horrifying. If you have ever seen the movie The Descent, this book is pretty much that movie when the kids are down in the cave system. Aside from the horror aspect, while the kids are down in the cave, they actually form a bond which is actually pretty beautiful. Grant is a rich kid and the others all come from different levels of life and poverty. One of the biggest subjects the kids converse about is the fact that they can’t all afford to go to college and how they hope they get scholarships and funding, etc. The conversations they had while trying to find a way out were just really deep and had such profound subjects.

Towards the end of the book, once everything started going down, you really got to see how badly they wanted to live. No matter where they came from or what kind of life they had before this unfortunate situation happened, all of these kids wanted to get out of this cave and live their lives. It was really rather beautiful, in the worst kind of way.

In the end, from now on when someone says Psychological Thriller, this book will always be what I compare things to. The end of The Unfortunates was a literally mind-f**k. I can usually guess plots and things that are going to happen but I didn’t guess this twist until right before it happened. 

Overall, I gave the book 5/5 stars.


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