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 with the red streak of infection creeping up her leg. Hatchet meets Wild in this harrowing survival story about a teenage girl’s attempt to endure the impossible, from the Edgar Award-winning author of The Female of the Species and Heroine.
"In the grueling days that follow, with infection setting in and no supplies at hand, Ashley battles hunger and the elements while reflecting on her life, from her mother’s abandonment to her underprivileged upbringing, as well as on a young man who disappeared in these very woods two years ago. McGinnis’ (Heroine, 2019, etc.) visceral and emotional tale features a strong, stubborn, and alarmingly capable protagonist with unwavering respect for the natural world.... Impossible to put down." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||15 and up|
|Publication Date||Mar 3, 2020|
|Publisher||Katherine Tegen Books|