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No Accident

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I enjoyed this so much for the unsettling nature of the surroundings as well as the commentary on rape and consent.

When a group of teens get stranded on an island after their plane crashes, the seven of them have to learn how to survive… both the island and themselves, until help arrives. Although, when bad things start to happen, the group realizes the real danger may not be whether they get off the island, but who is actually out to get them on this island.

To get to the bottom of what’s really going on, they must look inward and they must also figure out exactly what happened at the party they attended the night before their plane crash.

I thought this was clever and the writing powerful. I enjoy Laura Bates and feminist voice she always brings out in her books. The topics broached in this book when you scratch that surface are incredibly important and her way of bringing them up was interesting.

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A private plane with seven teenagers, cheerleaders and basketball players, crashes on an island. The coach who was chaperoning them, and the pilot, are not found. The teens are immediately forced to think and plan their survival, locating water and food, building shelters.
But when bad things begin to happen to them, one by one, they begin to wonder if they are alone on the island after all, or is one of their own causing these “accidents.” Can they get to the bottom of it before things take an even darker turn?
This book examines the social issue of rape, which might be triggering to some. It is handled with honesty and compassion. I read this book in one day, and I know it is a fictional work of a very real issue that will stay with me.

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I was on cloud nine when my request for a review copy wad approved because, apparently, Laura Bates. The author of a powerful feminist work like Everyday Sexism.

The plot of the book, from the blurb, seems average. It isn't exactly a suspense thriller but I found it exciting at least.

But that isn't what I thought about the book. It was just a casual read for me. I don't know if it isn't my genre but I just couldn't get to like it.

The theme of this book is sexual harassment in high school which is undoubtedly a big, big problem. Getting justice is a bigger one. There could be a really better way of talking about sexual harassment at college than this one.

Go for it if the summary interests you is all I can say.

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Disclaimer: Although the eARC states it, and I am assuming the actual final copy will as well, this novel contains triggers; including, but not limited to rape, bullying, and elitism.

With that being said, I’d like to first begin with this fact: I absolutely love a good survival story! Be it a movie, tv show, or book. This novel presents as a survival story and is why I chose it. However, given that Laura Bates is one of our most active and outspoken Feminists, and who writes compelling works, such as “The Burning” and “Letters to the Future”, I knew there would be more to the story.

We begin when a plane crashes and a group of teens, seven, to be exact, wash up on a deserted island. Of course, this is going to be a survival story right? Yes, and no. We see their supplies are starting to run out, and no rescue appears to be forthcoming, so reality of being lost forever starts to settle in. This lends itself to the popular kids, being not so popular, because all of them are trying to stay alive, and are fighting for survival.

Then odd events and accidents start happening around the group, they begin to realize someone is actually targeting them? Someone on the plane? And before they all took off on this flight there was a party the night before and something happened? This is where we start to see the unravel and the tensions and the triggers. So this group not only is stranded, they are all having to face the truth about what happened at the party.

This story is very compelling, and the author does a really good job at intertwining the story of before and now. Laura Bates also writes non-fiction so the elements of gender equality and sexism have a part in this story too. I found that the best and brightest and strongest before, we’re not necessarily the same on the island. It was a survival story, a deserted island, bad terrain, no shelter, supplies running out, and no rescue perhaps, which makes for the the type of story I love. Then, secrets start coming out, and the story became, in my opinion heavier. For me, the dynamic changed and so did the feel of the story.

Thanks to NetGalley, the Publisher, and Laura Bates for an eARC. All opinions are my own.

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Engrossing and methodically written account of 7 teenage lives after a plane crash. When seven teens are stranded in an island after a horrific plane crash, their situation keeps getting worse and worse. As they battle the elements, their greatest fears, and each other, they find moments of connection and deep conversation that only seem to happen in absence of technology.

When faced with impossible choices, No Accident reminds us that any disaster can bring out the best—and the worst—in all of us.

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This is the story of seven teens surviving a plane crash on a deserted island.
The premise of the book looks good and interesting, but how Bates put it on paper was not the way to do it. The character felt one-dimensional and lacked depth. I could not relate to any of them.
The purpose of the text could have been exploited better. As an adult reader, I felt like the vocabulary used was childish, but I have to admit that this book was targeted towards a younger audience who would probably appreciate an easier language.
I think that the author underestimates young readers and should try to write as if they don’t have to see an explanation to everything. I also think that the concept of a group of teens on a deserted island was used enough in the past. Bates should have had worked her story in a more imaginative way to have made it stand out.
Overall, I don’t think this book stands out enough from other texts to be chosen in a library.

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Thank you to Laura Bates, Sourcebooks Fire, and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for my review.

This book was a fast paced YA thriller that overall I was impressed by. I loved the location, and the fact that they survived a plane crash. When you're deserted on an island trying to survive it does not matter how popular or well liked you were in school, it makes for an interesting read.
There are some parts that were a bit intense and hard to read. I thought I was just getting into another YA mystery, but there is a moral element to the book that somehow felt a bit off from what the plot was about. The other reason I took a star off was because I did not connect to any of the characters, and there were a few that just fell a bit flat.

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Thank you Sourcebook Fire and Netgalley for an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.
Trigger warning for sexual assault, I liked how they added a trigger warning at the start of the book. It’s an important step forward in the publishing industry.
This is a very fast paced book and very easy to read. I finished it in one day I was really enjoyed the story.
My two major issues with the book:
- the main character Hayley was not really necessary for the story. Her main purpose was to narrate the story and solve the mystery. I especially as someone who wasn’t even at the main catalyst of the story she was more of an observer.
- the major mystery only happened about 50% of the way through the book. Especially because it’s so short I feel like things should have progressed a little faster and not have wrapped up so quickly.
Overall this book deals with some important topics, such as what it’s like to live as a women and toxic masculinity.

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Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this ARC. I really wanted to read this book because my students love fast-paced, twisty thrillers, and this looked like the perfect choice. Seven teens, survivors of a small plane crash, are stranded on an island and trying to stay alive, even as one of them is seeking revenge. Secrets will be revealed, but will justice be gained? I don't want to give anything away, but the book's first half really sets the scene for the reveals later on. I found this a little generic as part of the survival genre, but I know my students will really like it. I couldn't teach it in class due to some content, but I will definitely recommend it to students who enjoy dramatic survival stories.

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No Accident has a very important message and gives readers a lot to think about. That said, I did go into it expecting a much different book. Based on the description, I thought this would be a fast-paced thriller, when in reality the intention was much different. Misconceptions aside, the "mystery" part of the book didn't start until almost halfway through and wasn't as suspenseful as it could have been.

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I received a eARC from NetGalley and the publisher.
This was a good book, but I cannot recommend it to my students because parts of it violate the Obscenity Clause of the Texas Penal Code.

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Seven teens wash up on an island when a private plane crashes on return from a game. A few male player and female cheerleaders have to decide how to get along and survive until help arrives. However a series of accidents occur that make the group wonder if someone is out to get them, and this makes them question whether they will ever even be rescued... This novel had a lot to say and the second part really was a surprise. I didn't disagree with the point of view, but it was a surprise and maybe not woven in as well to the whole story. If you like YA, survival stories, islands getaways gone bad, or just want a story with a bigger theme and purpose underneath, No Accident is for you! #sourcebooks #sourcebooksfire

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This book is hard hitting and sometimes hard to read. However it’s a good one. It moves at a nice pace from the moment the story starts. It keeps your interest held.

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This was an intense and creepy book about seven teenage survivors of a plane crash. However not all is as it seems and more of happening in the background. You will not be disappointed by this book

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This was a fast paced and intense read, I couldn't put it down. The only thing that took away from the book was the characters, some fell flat.

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When a small plane crash ends with a group of seven teens washed up on a deserted island, their first thought is survival. With supplies dwindling and the fear of being stranded forever becoming more of a reality, they quickly discover that being the most popular kid in high school doesn't help when you're fighting to stay alive.
And when strange and terrifying accidents start to occur all around them, the group realizes that they are being targeted by someone who was on the plane, and that the island isn't their only danger. A terrible secret from a party the night before the flight has followed them ashore and it's clear that someone is looking for justice. Now survival depends on facing the truth about that party: who was hurt that night, and who let it happen?
Absolutely enjoyed this book totally recommend
Thank You NetGalley and SourceBooks Fire
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I received an ARC of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and were not affected by the free copy.

Seven teens are left stranded on a desert island when their private plane crashes, leaving them in full survival mode. Their days are consumed with foraging, fishing, and searching for water; but when odd things start happening and people suffer from strange accidents, they realize one of them is targeting them.

I wanted to love this book. Mystery book set on a desert island, sign me up. But while the idea was great, the execution, not so much. The characters were just meh, none that I really loved. Good news, there were several that I really hated, so they aren't all flat and boring. Bad news is, I didn't love any characters, so the balance was off.

The mystery was not at all mysterious, and surprisingly enough, the plot was a bit slow. I expected a lot more thriller action in it, since it's a bunch of unprepared teens set on a deserted island after a plane crash; thankfully, it's a quick, easy read, so I still managed to get through it pretty quickly. The ending wrapped up a little too quickly; after all the references made about "when they thought back on" moments, I was hoping for a "some time later" epilogue, but that was left unfulfilled.

I still think this is a good book to recommend to teens that enjoy mysteries, and the wrap up does include some really good thoughts, but it's definitely not going to be the first book I recommend out for them.

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No Accident is suspenseful and creepy while still dealing with very real situations. While the writing and characters were nothing amazing, I applaud Bates for coming up with a YA thriller that still makes a reader think. I know that I'm being vague about the "real situation," but I don't want to give anything away.

Anyway, when members of a basketball team and cheerleading squad get into a plane accident, they are faced with a grim reality: they may not be getting saved anytime soon, but, fortunately, they landed on an island. As they struggle to survive, weird things start happening... it's like someone else is on the island... or an even scarier reality: one of them is working against the survival of the others.

I would recommend this to young adult readers.

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Generally speaking, I enjoyed reading 'No Accident' but what started off as a mysterious plane crash/deserted island style story, turned into a moralistic storyline by the end.

Without giving away any spoilers, I think it's a very important concept to cover but linking it with a 'Lord of the Flies' style didn't sit right. It also ended a little too perfectly for my liking.

It was a quick read, so if you're after something that you can read in a couple of hours and has some nice suspenseful moments, this is a good book to read.

Thank you to NetGalley for the eARC.

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No Accident was a really intense, complicated book which surprised me. I thought it was quite complex and layered, and went beyond where I thought I'd go. Despite a rocky beginning with me and the book, it went well in the end and the cover is just stunning!

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