Wednesday, July 26, 2023

Getaway, by Zoje Stage

I really enjoyed this.  I loved the backpacking prep and descriptions and Tilda's adjusting to backpacking life.  I loved the descriptions of the Canyon.  I loved the creepy beginning to their troubles.  I enjoyed the characterization of the three friends, though—yes—some of the internal monologue might have been trimmed a bit since it did border on repetitive at times. 

Gale was a really interesting character.

I did wonder occasionally at decisions the friends made. [SPOILER ALERT!  SPOILER ALERT].  Like, that first night after meeting Gale, WHY ON EARTH don't you hike farther and/or set a watchman????  A few other times I think the three of them could have overpowered him, but I understand why fear/caution/disbelief might interfere with that.  [END SPOILERS]

It was a tense and interesting read, and though I don't know that part of the Canyon, and I think a couple of the particular sites were made up,  I felt that it portrayed the Grand Canyon in a realistic way, as many other Canyon books I've read recently don't.

I will certainly read more by Zoje Stage. 

4.5 stars

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