The Speed of Falling Objects

The Speed of Falling Objects

Book - 2019
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Danger Danny Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else's needs.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Inkyard Press, [2019]
ISBN: 9781335928245
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 22 cm


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Jan 18, 2020

The action, adventure, and survival elements were probably the best things about this story. There were also a couple of great characters that I loved, but neither happened to be the main character, Dani. In essence, this was Dani’s story of growth and acceptance, but unfortunately she spent 2/3 of the book undermining herself, while also tying to impress a narcissistic father. It became a bit tedious. I wanted her to get out of her head and stick up for herself sooner, but she ultimately didn't show any true strength of character until towards the end. There was a also little romance in the story, but it only felt contrived next to everything else. Coming from a reader who loves a good romance, I feel like the author should have left that element out and focused more on the harrowing, suspenseful, and heartbreaking moments. That was where the true strength of this story lay.

Aug 27, 2019

I love it when I’m surprised in a good way by a book! Not remembering anything about why The Speed of Fallng Objects was in my to-be-read list, I started reading with no preconceptions.. The theme of fearful, insecure girl coming to recognize her own value and power is not new; neither is the concept of teenager wanting to reconnect with a parent who has been mostly absent from her life. What is notable is the way Ms. Fischer took these themes and dealt with them in a nonstop Amazonian adventure. She did a great job with the characters, revealing their imperfect humanity as we learned their strengths and weaknesses in a very stressful situation. Along the way we also learned a lot about the Amazon: its frightening beauty, the variety of dangerous living things of all sizes living there and ways that human resourcefulness can match wits with the jungle.
Bottom line, this story is a very satisfying page-turner that delivers on all levels.

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