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When We Were Lost

Narrated by: Will Collyer
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

Survival. It's a concept these high school students never had to consider - until their plane crashes in a remote rainforest with no adults left alive. With many of them falling prey to threats from both the jungle and man, they soon realize that danger comes in many sinister forms.

Tom Calloway didn't want to go on a field trip to Costa Rica, but circumstances had him ending up sitting in the back of the plane - which was the only part that was intact after the crash in the remote South American wilderness. Tom and a small group of his classmates are fortunate to be alive, but their luck quickly runs out when some of them fall prey to the unfamiliar threats of the jungle - animals, reptiles, insects, and even the unforgiving heat. Every decision they make could mean life or death. 

As the days go by and the survivors' desperation grows, things get even more perilous. Not everyone can cope with the trauma of seeing their friends die, and a struggle for leadership soon pits them against each other. And when they come across evidence of other people in the middle of the rainforest, does that mean they're safe - or has their survival come to an even more vicious end?

©2019 Kevin Wignall and James Patterson (P)2019 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"The constantly building tension and dread will propel even the most reluctant readers through to the end." (Booklist)

"To survive the heat and predators, the group will have to rely on their skills and each other-easier said than done when insecurities and stubbornness become lethal.... The tried-and-true tropes of survival narratives along with empowering teen expertise are featured well." (Kirkus Reviews)

"A brilliant blend of modern adventure and Lord of the Flies, When We Were Lost is a riveting contemporary page-turner and ideal reading for teenage boys." (Sarah Pinborough, best-selling author of 13 Minutes and Behind Her Eyes

"An adrenaline-fueled adventure, which meditates on fate while exploring the effects of adversity and grief. Nuanced character interactions help ground the action-studded plot."(Publishers Weekly

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  • Sharon
  • 11-06-19

Exciting and revealing

I think this book is one of the most riveting I’ve read in a very long time. The strength and character of Tom is amazing throughout the story. And not in a disturbing way. NowJoel, on the other hand. And I love a book with a dog! Enjoy. .

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  • Vicki Joseph
  • 31-08-19

Suspenseful and Gripping

Another superb book by a fantastic author! Could not stop listening to this gripping and suspenseful story! The characters are so real like, and we all know people like the ones who are represented here. Even though this book has a cast of teens, I am a grandmother and coul still relate! Will did an excellent job of narrating....from inflections to accents! Cannot recommend this book enough!

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  • Lyla
  • 31-08-19

Would definitely recommend!!

This book was well written and read (by audible). For my first audible experience, I’d definitely do it again. The story is an adventure, a tale of ups and downs through the jungle. I got hooked and couldn’t stop listening to this book! I love how it circles around at the end (don’t worry this doesn’t really spoil anything!) and really wraps the whole thing up:)

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  • Grams
  • 22-06-19

Awesome

This was a slow start but when it took off I couldn’t stop listening!! I’d recommend this to everyone!! Well read!!