Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Review: Wild by Alex Mallory
Summary from Goodreads:
In this action-packed and timely "Tarzan for the digital age," Cade, a teen raised in the wilderness, is brought into modern civilization.
The forest is full of secrets, and no one understands that better than Cade. Foraging, hunting, surviving-that's all he knows. Alone for years, Cade believes he's the sole survivor. At least, until he catches a glimpse of a beautiful stranger...
Dara expected to find natural wonders when she set off for a spring break camping trip. Instead, she discovers a primitive boy-he's stealthy and handsome and he might be following her. Intrigued, Dara seeks him out and sets a catastrophe in motion.
Thrust into society, Cade struggles with the realization that the life he knew was a lie. But he's not the only one. Trying to explain life in a normal town leaves Dara questioning it.
As the media swarm and the police close in, Dara and Cade risk everything to get closer. But will the truth about Cade's past tear them apart?
I've wanted to read this book ever since I first heard of it (I'm not a fan of the cover) because it is a retelling of Tarzan. I haven't read the original novel, but I've seen quite a few films about it, like the Disney one (my favorite) so I had to read this book.
Even though I'm not a fan of duel POVS in YA (mainly because it happens way too much) I enjoyed Cade and Dara's POVS (AKA Tarzan and Jane). Plus Mallory did a great job with the setting, where Cade has been living in a national forest instead of the Amazon. I think that helped modernize the story without losing anything.
I loved how the ending was open ended and I am now hoping for a second novel! :)
I recommend checking this out if you enjoyed the film.
Four Stars Out of Five