Survival books make a wonderful read. It is always nice to read the adventure and the storyline that unfolds gradually dramatically. It is such a great way to stay entertained and characters come to life. This article highlights the top survival books.
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games talks about Panem, a nation existing in the ruins of North America and surrounded by 12 districts. Because of an old war waged against the capital, the surrendering conditions stated that each district sends a boy and a girl to compete in an annual event ‘The Hunger Games’. This was a fight to death competition on live TV.
Many regard this as a death sentence. This is specifically Everdeen, a 16-year old girl living with her mother and little sister. She is obligated to represent her district in the games. Her life is now on the line and the rules remain the same, kill or be killed.
Life of Pi
In Life of Pi ,Yann Martel tells the story of Pi Patel, a zookeeper’s son with fascinating knowledge of animals and their behavior. As Pi’s family emigrates to North America from India, tragedy strikes and the ship they are on capsizes. Animals going to their new habitats also accompany them. Pi has to co-exist with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
Pi manages to live with Parker for seven and a half months, until they reach the coast of Mexico. As soon as they arrive, the tiger takes off and never to be seen again. The Authorities pin Pi and blame him for the disappearance of Parker. He tells the truth but the authorities do not believe him, so he formulates a story that does not sound like a fantasy and much more believable.
Into the Wild
Into the wild is about a young man who in 1992 left his well off home and went to Alaska by hitch hiking and walking. It also talks of how he burned all his money, car and abandoned his family and stared a new life for himself.
After all this, a hunter found his body only four months later. The author Jon Krakauer deconstructs and reassembles the facts that led to Alexander Supertramp (formerly Christopher Johnson McCandless. He talks about how the young man’s mistakes become the focus of tabloids and this becomes the biggest motivations tool for his change in lifestyle. This is an overwhelming publication on the life of Alexander.
Unbroken sheds light on the life of a young delinquent, whose defiance led him to the discovery of a talent that steered him to the Berlin Olympics. However, his life changes at the wake of World War II. He becomes a pilot and embarks on a flight in May 1943 that will perhaps change his life forever.
He crashes and survives in the Pacific Ocean, where he faces imminent danger. This is a real test of courage, strength and endurance. Laura Hillenbrand illustrates Louis Zamperini’s will power to survive full of hope, resolve and courage.
In Hatchet ,Gary Paulsen illustrates the experiences of Brian Robeson in exquisite fashion. This story is about Brian, a 13-year-old boy whose parents are divorced. He goes to the oil fields in Northern Canada to see his father but tragedy strikes then the aircrafts pilot gets a heart attack and dies.
Brian has to survive in the wild alone. A hatchet given to him by his mother is the only help he has. He learns how to be resourceful with the hatchet and begins fending for himself he becomes a skilled woodsman and makes weapons to help him hunt and survive better. This is a bitter and sweet time for Brian because he is thankful to his mother who gave him the hatchet, but also hurts because he found her cheating on his father before the divorce.
Night is a sobering publication from Elie Wiesel. This is a work of art and a firsthand account of the authors experiences in the Nazi camps. This is a memoir of his horrific, chilling and candid experiences at the face of death. It addresses serious questions raised concerning the Holocaust. It is a chilling reminder to the world that man is capable of treating another man inhumanly.
The Diary of a Young Girl
In The Diary of a Young Girl ,Anne Frank’s diary was found in an attic where she lived the last few years of her life. This is a chilling account of Ana, a 13-year old Jewish girl, who left their home in Amsterdam and went to hiding for two years.
This is a personal account of the dreadfulness of war and specifically the Nazis. She gives an account of the challenges they faced, from boredom, to hunger, to living in confined spaces. This is a revelation like no other.
The Book Thief
The Book Thief from Markus Zusak feeds the soul in a memorable way. This book is about a girl and her foster father, who helps his daughter steal books. She goes ahead to share them with everyone, but specifically, she shares the books with a Jewish man, hiding in their basement. The author tells this intriguing story in a neat and flowing manner.
In The Road,Cormac Mc Carthy writes about a father and son story, who walk through tragedy, heading toward hope, though not sure what lies ahead, even when they only have a pistol for defense. This is a profound story of vision, tenacity and support, which keeps both people alive.
Unwind follows the life of three teenagers who run away because of rebellion, fear of death and fear of being unwound. Their lives are uncertain, as every turn they make is a threat to one of or all of them. This book keeps readers guessing to see what happens to Connor, Risa and Lev, whose lives are in danger.