The world is not tame.
Ashley knows this truth deep in her bones, more at home with trees overhead than a roof. So when she goes hiking in the Smokies with her friends for a night of partying, the falling dark and creaking trees are second nature to her. But people are not tame either. And when Ashley catches her boyfriend with another girl, drunken rage sends her running into the night, stopped only by a nasty fall into a ravine. Morning brings the realization that she’s alone – and far off trail. Lost in undisturbed forest and with nothing but the clothes on her back, Ashley must figure out how to survive despite the red streak of infection creeping up her leg.
This is a powerful survival book. How far could you go to survive, how long would you last in the woods alone? Ashley has been an outdoors person her whole life so she is aware of many things that most would not know. She had the determination to stay alive and keep going. As you read the book you can’t help but wish her well and hope that she is found as each day dawns.
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community loses communication. Days later, it goes dark. Cut off from the urban realm of the south, many of its people become passive and confused. They eventually descend into panic as the food supply dwindles, with few hunters left in the First Nation. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives from a city in the south to escape a crumbling society. Soon after, others follow. The community leadership is faced with the dilemma of allowing the urban refugees to live with them on their territory. Tensions rise, and as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again, while they grapple with a grave decision.
I did not know what this book was about when I started but it quickly became apparent. How do people deal when the modern conveniences they have become accustomed to are suddenly removed from their lives? This book chronicles how a town of indigenous people react which shows how bad things can get, which will definitely come as a shock to some. I didn’t particularly like this book, it seemed that the events were too contrived, jumping to the worst case very quickly.