Synopses & Reviews
Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret
But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own?
When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. Its up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.
But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything shes ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lions silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire areaand eliminate life as they know it.
In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author of Origin and Vitro, Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.
“…readers who pass this novel around will have lots of fun debating exactly what saves her [Robie] in the end.”--BCCB
"This book will satisfy anyone who likes a good survival story.”—School Library Journal "A compelling survival adventure.”—Kirkus "...an old-fashioned adventure story." —Horn Book
“A gripping adventure.”
"Survivor meets James Bond in this page-turning mix of realism and science fiction."
“Enthralling and filled with suspense...”
-School Library Journal
“A blend of survival/adventure, sci-fi, and first love, KALAHARI is grounded in the resourceful courage of a girl raised in the African bush. Thrilling, unpredictable, irresistible . . . six teenagers in dire straits, and the suspense never lets up. Readers will flock to Jessica Khoury's masterful prose and storytelling.”
-Will Hobbs, award-winning author of Far North and Never Say Die
Robie is an experienced traveler. Shes taken the flight from Honolulu to the Midway Atoll, a group of Pacific islands where her parents live, many times. When she has to get to Midway in a hurry after a visit with her aunt in Hawaii, she gets on the next cargo flight at the last minute. She knows the pilot, but on this flight, theres a new co-pilot named Max. All systems are go until a storm hits during the flight. The only passenger, Robie doesnt panic until the engine suddenly cuts out and Max shouts at her to put on a life jacket. They are over miles of Pacific Ocean. She sees Max struggle with a raft.
And then . . . shes in the water. Fighting for her life. Max pulls her onto the raft, and thats when the real terror begins. They have no water. Their only food is a bag of Skittles. There are sharks. There is an island. But theres no sign of help on the way.
The Raft is a thrilling novel of survival from award-winning author S.A. Bodeen.
About the Author
Jessica Khoury holds a BA in English from Toccoa Falls College. When not writing, she spends her time on the soccer pitch or traveling the world. She lives in Greenville, South Carolina, with her husband and two dogs. Jessica is also the author of Origin and Vitro. Follow her on Twitter @jkbibliophile. For more info, visit www.jessicakhoury.com