I honestly have no desire to read Switchback by Danika Stone. Not only is it too much of realistic fiction for my interest, but it’s also kind of terrifying and I am so not here for that. I watched a film forever ago called Frozen, a thriller about three skiers who ended up stuck on a ski lift for a weekend and it honestly destroyed any desire for me to ever be exposed to a similar story again. But, if you’re here for survival stories that involve getting lost in a snow storm that are very thriller-esque, go for it. Switchback might just be for you.
Ashton Hamid knows everything about gaming. His D&D battles are epic; the video game tournaments he organizes, multi-day tests of endurance with players around the world. Real life, however, is a different matter. So when he and his best friend—outspoken “A” student (and social outcast) Vale Shumway—head out on a camping trip to Waterton Lakes National Park with their Phys. Ed. class, Ash figures it’ll be two days of bug bites, bad food, and inside jokes.
Instead, the two friends find themselves in a fight for survival.
An unexpected October snowstorm separates Ash and Vale from the rest of their class. By the time the teens realize they’ve missed the trail, they have wandered deep into the Canadian Rockies. Lost in the wilderness and hunted by deadly predators, their only hope is to work together. But with Vale’s limited supplies and Ash’s inexperience, can the best friends stay alive long enough to find their way back to civilization?
What are your thoughts on Switchback? Do the characters interest you at all? What do you think about a gamer and an extroverted straight A student getting lost in a snowstorm? Is this a book you see yourself reading? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments!