The Survivors

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Reviewed by Dayna Davis, Staff Writer

The Survivors by Gregg Luke. Published by Covenant Communications, Inc.

David Kirkham has enough worries. He has a stressful job that sends him all over the world with no thought to his family life, and he has a wife and daughter who are tired of never having him home. When David boards the small plane, his thoughts are on how to hold it all together. But when the plane goes down, and he and a young Mormon girl are the sole survivors, he suddenly has much bigger problems.

This is a wonderful book about priorites and newfound faith. It is very different from any other fiction book I have read recently and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It gave me a lot to think about. I love it when a book makes me think. This is a passage I especially liked:

"I was brought up to R.S.P.P.," she said, cutting me off.
At first, I thought I had misunderstood her. "You mean R.S.V.P.?"
"No. R.S.P.P. Before you judge anything, you need to Read, Study, Ponder and Pray. R.S.P.P."
"Oh, like it says in the Book of Mormon."
This time she was the one caught off guard. "How did you know that?"
I noticed a beetle crawling over my shoe and slowly flicked it away, trying to delay my answer. " I read the introduction," I admitted softly.
Smiling broadly, she said, "That's a start."

This book has drama, intrigue, suspense, and even Spanish! (I was quite thrilled when I actually understood the few sentences in the book that were in Spanish, and they really aren't translated into English.) I think this is a great book for about any age above 12 years old. I'm sure you'll learn something and come away with new insights into the Book of Mormon and yourself.