(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Also by this author: Blood and Salt, The Last Harvest
Published by Tom Doherty Associates on July 10th 2018
Genres: Horror, Thrillers & Suspense, Young Adult Fiction
When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done, but the consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: Due to his father's connections, not only will Grant not be held accountable for his actions, he's going to get away with murder.
When a long Tavish tradition approaches, a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail, Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back. But before he has a chance to enact his plans, the cave system collapses, trapping him miles beneath the surface with four other teens from much less fortunate circumstances. As they struggle to survive, they share their innermost secrets and fears, and just when it seems they might be on track to finding a way out, they realize there's something else down there.
And it's hunting them.
The Unfortunates is the new YA horror story by Kim Liggett and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, you should definitely fix that! I loved Blood and Salt by her so when I heard about this book, and then saw it at ALA, I grabbed it.
Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and after being involved in a fatal accident, he really just wants to face the consequences he believes he deserves. Unfortunately for him, because of who his father is, he won’t have to face anything, and he is going to get away with no repercussions.
It is clear that Grant is struggling with what happened and how his friends and family just gloss over what he did, and he makes a decision to take care of his punishment himself. Following a family tradition, Grant decides to tell his parents he is going to follow in his father’s footsteps and complete a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail. What he doesn’t tell them is that he is never coming back.
The second Grant starts going down, the cave system collapses, and he is trapped with a group of other teens who found him dangling on his rope. As Grant and the others do what they need to do to get out, they face challenge after challenge and have to work to find the surface. Unfortunately, not everything goes as planned.
There isn’t a lot I can tell you about the actual story as I don’t want to give anything away. What I can say is that I enjoyed this story. It had an unexpected ending (well until I got closer to the end) and Liggett brought this story together in a way that kept me guessing on who was really going to make it. Also, can we talk about that cover for a second – It is pretty fantastic!
I also thought Liggett did a great job of sharing Grant’s feelings about the accident and his role in it. His distaste for the way his friends just avoid the topic and the fact that his father is just glossing over what happened was clear. Grant really just wanted someone to hold him accountable and no one in his life was really doing that which in turn, made him feel even worse about what happened and the situation he is in.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It was a pretty quick read and had a great story. If you are looking for something that will keep you guessing around what is really going on, definitely check this one out. I will be looking forward to whatever is next from Liggett, that’s for sure!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.