Jess is stranded in the woods. She has few supplies and only her dog for company. Her survival skills are limited, and she has disabilities that make physical labor a challenge. And winter is on its way. How did she get here?
Alternating between the past and the present, this tightly-paced novel tells the story of a girl who survived a car crash that killed her mother, then was pulled from foster care and sent to live with her estranged survivalist father in the remote Canadian wilderness. Jess was just beginning to get to know her dad when a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving their cabin burned to the ground and Jess's father dead. Now, Jess must fight with everything she has to forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. But she will survive. She has to survive. Because she wants revenge.
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Raves for I Am Still Alive "This tense wire of a novel thrums with suspense. . . . [this book] just might be the highlight of your summer."-The New York Times
"An expertly conceived plot plus a true heroine (and her dog) make for an original, engrossing, and twisty survival story that I tore through compulsively. You won't regret the hours that disappear when you read this one." -Nancy Werlin, National Book Award honoree and New York Times bestselling author
"I couldn't set this book down--the words actually made me shiver. It's Hatchet meets The Revenant, infused with fierce, undaunted girl power." -S.A. Bodeen, award-winning author of The Raft
"If Hatchet was your favorite book in grade school, but you wish it was filled with much more girl power, then I Am Still Alive is the book you've been waiting for."-Bustle
"A gripping adventure."-The Wall Street Journal
* "A taut, gripping page-turner with a strong female hero to root for."-Kirkus, starred review
* "With masterful pacing, rich characterization, a dynamic voice, and a thrilling blend of wilderness survival and revenge, this is an engrossing read from a writer to watch."-Booklist, starred review
"A gripping tale of endurance and discovery of inner strength."-School Library Journal
"[A] striking first novel. Marshall's immersive descriptions will hook readers into this exhilarating survival story."-Publishers Weekly
"Marshall's thrilling tale is also a deeply moving story about coming to terms with imperfections (both in oneself and in others) and about finding true resourcefulness and inner strength."-BookPage