Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Not to be confused with the book I reviewed yesterday...
4 kids are on a plane trip above the Amazon Jungle when something goes terribly wrong and the plane crashes. Of the whole book the beginning was my least favorite - I felt it was unclear where they were all going (some was revealed later) and what actually happened to the pilot (Hatchet flashbacks)?
Once in the jungle the 4 kids must learn to survive - find food, find water, maybe try to get to the city by building a raft. There is a lot of bickering and differences of opinion. Once they find a map though the book gets more interesting. They travel to an x on the map and find a hidden city and "the explorer" who wants nothing to do with them and demands that the whole place be kept a secret.
In time the children and the explorer come to understand each other and the kids realize why the city must remain a secret. But when one of the kids is seriously bitten by bullet ants the kids must get to the city as soon as possible - leaving the explorer behind.
Overall, I liked the book but there were a few things at the beginning that kept me from getting invested right away.