By Isabel C.
Alone Out Here by Riley Redgate follows the children of some of Earth’s most powerful people in politics and culture as they abandon the planet via spacecraft in the wake of an extinction-level natural disaster. This book has been described as a futuristic Lord of the Flies, and I can definitely see the comparison. It is also very similar concept-wise to the CW show The 100, so if teen survival media is your thing, I’d say this is right up your alley.
Personally, I was a bit hesitant with this book because science fiction has never really been my favorite, but I ended up absolutely loving it. I read it in about two days and simply could not put it down. All of the characters are really well-developed and you become deeply and increasingly invested in their lives as the story progresses. It has everything typical of a survival story: conflict with hierarchy, rivalry, a romance plotline, a twinge of mystery– but that doesn’t at all mean it’s cliché, boring, or predictable, quite the opposite in fact. As I was approaching the end of the book, I was getting a bit anxious because it seemed like there was still a lot more story to be told and not enough time to tell it, but then I got to the last few pages and, no spoilers but, it’s probably one of my favorite endings to a book ever. I really did not see it coming and it made a very terrifying book even more horrific.
Aside from how amazing the plot is, I have to also mention just how phenomenal the writing is. Riley Redgate is seriously talented. The book is filled to the brim with gorgeous metaphors and dialogue. You truly feel moved by her words and the emotions that pour out of every page.
Overall, I would give this 4/5 stars because while this book is generally pretty well-paced, there were a couple places I felt it trudged on a bit. I would absolutely recommend you pick this up. It’s utterly fantastic.
Rating: 4/5 stars