Wednesday, August 21, 2013


Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
Published: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux (BYR)
Age Demographic: YA Sci-Fi Contemp
Pages: 384

A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings...

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.

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Tumble & Fall is a new post-apocalyptic young adult novel that you will either enjoy or not. More intellectual than emotional, Alexandra Coutts has created a world that will leave you with some thought provoking scenarios as the novel draws itself to a close. It's a beautiful coming of age story where love, friendship, family, and hope play an important key role at the end of the world. The characters voices shine through the pages, as their courage and bravery takes them further in life. Although, the dual point of views can leave things a bit confusing at times, I still found it to be an inspirational story of hope, faith, love, and beauty.

Coutts did a wonderful job of showcasing the journey that each of the three main characters took throughout the course of this novel. There is an emotional connection that I was able to share with each of them, however, I did feel as if the intellectual aspect was more prominent throughout. That only made the novel that more entertaining and compelling, in my opinion. This is a heart breaking and inspiring story, of finding the courage to discover who you are, love to the tips of your fingers and beyond the telling, of learning to go back home and simply say goodbye to the family that you have only discovered you love. There is so much beautiful potential wrapped up in each of the characters storylines, that you can't help but feel something for them.

Coutts has written a very thoughtful, emotional, and intellectual contemporary post-apocalyptic novel that will stay with readers in many ways, whether it's good or bad. It's incredibly realistic in the sense that these characters have known what was going to happen all along and are resigned to their fate. No one is going to be spared and they all have the same end result to look forward to. If you are a fan of contemporary novels that deal with self-discovery, love, and life altering decisions, but you're not crazy about post-apocalyptic or dystopian novels then this is the book that I would suggest to you. I actually found myself enjoying it quite a bit more than I realized I would. While it still had a few drawbacks and things that I felt held further potential, all in all I think it was a pretty good read.

I would suggest that you either pick up a copy for yourself, borrow it from a friend or the library, and find out for yourself whether or not it's going to be a book for you.


Alexandra Bullen Coutts has been a playwright, waitress, barista, gardener, script reader, yoga instructor and personal assistant. She grew up in Massachusetts, went to college in New York City, and lives most of the year full time on Martha’s Vineyard.

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