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.

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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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