A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings
The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week’s time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn’t how to save the world—the question is, what to do with the time that’s left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family—all with the ultimate stakes at hand.
Alexandra Coutts’s TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.
Alexandra Bullen Coutts has been a playwright, waitress, barista, gardener, script reader, yoga instructor and personal assistant. She grew up in Massachusetts, went to college in New York City, and lives
most of the year full time on Martha’s Vineyard.
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Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
What would you do if the world were ending? Who are the people you would spend time with, what would you be doing, how would you come to terms with the end of everything?
That is the story behind Tumble & Fall. It’s told from multiple perspectives, but all are aware of the end of days, and all chose to spend these last days in completely different ways.
One person goes on an scavenger hunt, of sorts, to find out if the person she thought she loved was truly the person she thought he was.
One person is brought home to reconnect with their family … only to find out that maybe that family isn’t as perfect as they may seem on the outside.
One person is brought to the place where they were the happiest… before all the bad things happened. And there is where she may have found love.
Through each story though there is a common theme… not of sadness and despair, instead a hope for what comes after and enjoying the time that is left to them. Never a focus on the actual event that could end their lives… instead living it to the fullest while they are here.
Coutts writes beautifully and the story itself was really wonderfully done. The characters were well developed and of Sienna, Zan and Caden I couldn’t pick a favorite story line… I enjoyed them all. They didn’t blend together, they were completely different and unique and I found myself invested in what was happening with each of them.
All that said, there were a few things that did bother me though. The insta-love for Sienna’s character. I just was not feeling it. I get that it’s the end of the world and that it’s kind of either now or never, but it just was a bit forced for me. I’d have also liked to see some resolution between Zan and Nick… something that was never addressed by the end.
I loved the ending… which is a surprise if you know me at all. I just thought it was perfect for this. Overall this was an enjoyable read… one that will make you think even well after you’ve finished reading it. What would you do if the world were ending in seven days?