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The Drift

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This is the first book I've read by CJ Tudor and wow, what a story it is. This is an edge of your seat, intense, action packed story. It grabs you from the first line and is impossible to put down. 
The story takes place in multiple locations with multiple people who are trying surviving after a pandemic. Each of these people are hiding a secret. As the story unfolds, secrets get revealed and the truth unravels. 
The characters are unreliable storytellers as no one is to be trusted. You question who these people truly are and what their ultimate goal is. You wonder how they all relate to each other and if their storylines will interconnect.
I loved this book. It has elements of mystery, action, and science fiction. It has me left waiting another book just on The Whistlers. I think anyone who likes action and suspense will like this book.
Thank you to Netgalley, Ballantine Books, and Penguin Random House for the advanced copy of the book. The opinions are my own.
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Thank you to Netgalley, C.J. Tudor and the publisher for this e-ARC.

Oh I just love survival books and this one does not disappoint. 

Three groups of people are stranded in 3 separate places, all trying to survive being stuck with no escape, not knowing who to trust, while also trying to avoid being infected by a contagious virus, AND also avoid being found by the government who is trying to kill any and all infected people or those potentially infected. A total shitstorm!

This one kept me on edge the entire time and I did not want it to end. Most of the characters were unlikable, but while reading and seeing what they're going through, you can understand why they do what they do. Everything is about survival. "You're either a good guy, or you're a survivor". 

I would've given it 5 stars but keeping up with 3 sets of characters, and 3 locations, was very confusing at times. However, all of that was tied up and made sense in the end. It was also incredibly gory and I don't really enjoy that. 

Otherwise, excellent book and I'm so excited to have gotten an ARC.
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This was such an intriguing story. The plot twist was awesome. I love how the story unfolded. I don't think I've ever read a story quite like it. It was unnerving and more than a little twisted. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The only negative for me was not learning more about Eva. Maybe there will be a book #2? 

I received a free advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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Many thanks to C.J. Tudor, Random House - Ballantine Books and Net Galley for providing me with an ARC of this novel.  I am a huge Tudor fan, having enjoyed all of her previous novels, and so I couldn’t wait to dive into this one.  I also particularly enjoy dystopian fiction — so this seemed like a perfect fit.

Unfortunately, The Drift  just didn’t work for me.  It kept my interest, for sure — I had trouble putting it down — but I found it confusing and ultimately, unsatisfying.  It’s a clever story, and for those who love fast-paced thrillers, it may be perfect, but in the end I felt like there was very little resolution and too many loose ends.

Still, I will look forward to Tudor’s next novel, and I appreciate the opportunity to read this one.
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Three different people in unique situations try to survive during a snowstorm but even if they survive the snowstorm, there are other obstacles to face.  Hannah is trapped in a bus after it rolls over in an accident.  Meg is in a ski lift that lost power and is far away from the lift station.  Last is Carter who lives in an abandoned resort that is losing electricity.  As you get further into the story, you realize something strange is going on in the world and you also know somehow these three different characters are going to intersect somehow.  I did not forsee the ending at all!
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I am at a loss for words with this book. What a wild ride. This was a thriller not for the faint of heart. There is a lot of blood, guts, and gore. 

It’s told from the perspective of three characters: Hannah, whose father is the mastermind behind The Department, Meg, who is a resilient former cop dealing with demons from her past, and Carter, a hypothermia survivor at The Retreat.  

There are quite a few other characters, and when the book finally starts winding down and revealing bits and pieces at a time, it is satisfying. 

I actually found myself not being able to put this one down and I finished it in just a few hours. If you are into thrillers, this is a must read!

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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There were alot of twists and turns in this book. A few points were hard to keep up with.  Overall, a pandemic situation and you could feel the story picking up with full speed.  I enjoyed the book!
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A explosive post apocalyptic thriller that occurs after a deadly virus ravaged the world. A stranded cable car with people inside. A school bus crash that held students trying to get to a retreat that was deemed to be safe. They were all trying to get to the retreat and avoid all  of the dangers that this new world  brought about. l enjoy this type of thriller that  explores the outcome of a world disaster and how humanity behaves when there are no rules or morals. The only thing that was confusing was the timeline of the story from chapter to chapter. The author should put  an additional heading with a date at the start of the chapter since some of the book took place at the beginning of the virus outbreak and some of the book was ten years later. Also at the very beginning the author could give us a preface as to how the virus came about and more about the virus so we would have a better understanding on what was going on in the world at the time. Overall a very entertaining book that kept me reading with anticipation until the end .
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I started reading The Drift, wondering where these seemingly 3 separate stories would merge. But after about 21%, I found the violence and blood to be too off-putting, and I could not continue.

Thank you, NetGalley, for allowing me to try out The Drift.
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Thank you for the opportunity to preview Drift.  This is CJ Tudor best book. I could not put this down. 
I don’t want to give anything away. This book takes the reader to three groups. All of them isolated 
In a unpredictable situation, all of them wondering how the world has. Changed, and if they will survive to the next day. 
And all struck in a snowy mountain with little food and low energy.  Somehow these groups are connected. But the truth and consequences of their actions have lead them to this desolate situation.  Who will survive 
This is so different 
Tudor is truly one of my favorite authors and this latest book is one of the best books I have read so far this year.  5 stars
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This was the first book I have read by C.J. Tudor and I was impressed. The story was fun and keeped me on my toes the whole ride. I am looking forward to checking out some other stories by Tudor. Three ordinary people risk everything for a chance at redemption in this audacious, utterly gripping novel of catastrophe and survival at the end of the world
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Big thank you NetGalley and to the publisher for the chance to review this book pre-release. Talk about action. I felt like I was in a thriller movie, and I loved every minute of it. The beginning started out strong, and the momentum carried very well into the rest of the book. The multiple POV's didn't get confusing which is also a huge plus in my book. The ending however? COMPLETE twist. Couldn't have guessed that one if I tried. A more formal review will be available on my IG/TikTok and Goodreads.
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When I began reading The Drift, I was hoping to have a fun survival/mystery with different characters but I have to say that C.J. Tudor did not keep me on this ride. 

I read Tudor’s other book, The Chalk Man, and even though I didn’t love it I thought they were an author who could write a phenomenal suspense filled book and The Drift felt like that with multiple protagonists all trying to survive but I hate to say it but I wasn’t a huge fan of this book. 

The biggest pitfall for me was the characters and this problem arises with multiple pov characters. You care for some of them while you don’t for others. I felt that all the characters were hard to connect with and some I felt were underwritten and that causes the book to be harder to read because I have a harder time when the characters are underdeveloped or seem fake. 

I felt the pacing was good but again it was thrown off by the multiple characters and some characters and their stories didn’t connect and threw the entire book off. 

I feel bad but I wasn’t a huge fan of The Drift but I hope Tudor can write a fantastic story.
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This book started out great- lots of action, people waking up in mysterious situations, a possible pandemic situation- I was all in. Then it started getting a little clunky. The story switches between different groups of people and not only did I find myself stopping every chapter to try to remember who everyone was, but I began to wonder if they were even all in the same time. As the story progressed, it became pretty confusing. Overall, a fast and fun read, but I think the structure could have been better. Also having fewer characters in each group would have made it easier to remember all of their backstories and relationships with the other characters.
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Excellent thriller from Tudor with three storylines going about groups of people trying to survive an apocalyptic virus. It's one of those books where the less you know going in, the better. The twisty stories play out well with nice, unexpected surprises coming towards the end and a solid finale bringing everything to closure. Of course, Tudor had to mar the book by dragging in her woke, anti-Christian, anti-conservative views. Once again, completely unnecessary to plot development. Why oh why. At least it disappeared in the second half. Took a half star away for that nonsense. Plus, I didn't buy the obvious attempts to analogize the virus to Covid. Putting that stuff aside, it's very entertaining, well-written with solid characters and a plot that offers genuine surprises and lots of action. A cut above the usual thriller fare.
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A group of students are being evacuated to safety at The Retreat when their coach crashes, trapping them inside without food or water while a snowstorm rages and temperatures plummet. Elsewhere, a sudden power outage leaves another group similarly stranded in a cable car suspended high above the ground. Meanwhile, the group of people residing at The Retreat are facing their own perils. Supplies are dwindling, the power supply is unreliable, and everyone is on edge due to suspicious activities that have recently come to light.

The hazards each group faces are different, but they have a few things in common:
All are determined to survive.
None can call for help.
Their greatest fear, above all else, is exposure to the deadly virus that sometimes culminates in something far worse than death itself.

The Drift is narrated by three different characters (one from each group), and broken down into three sections as the story progresses. Given that each group is trapped (or has their movements severely restricted, at least) thanks to the snowstorm, I made several assumptions about how the story would play out. I thought the ‘meat’ of the story would be almost entirely focused on multiple escape attempts by each group, that would likely resolve with a rescue that miraculously happens—for all of them—just in the nick of time, and (almost) everyone would live happily ever after in the end. It would have been entertaining, but ultimately boring due to its predictability.

Fortunately, that wasn’t the case.

Instead, I was treated to a far more complex story that was mysterious in ways I hadn’t expected it to be. Despite having certain circumstances in common, I was surprised when I began to realize these groups were tied together in some less-than-obvious way; I just couldn’t figure out how they were connected. It was one of several mini-mysteries within the story, and my brain got a serious workout trying to piece together all the little clues, trying to figure out the who, the how, and the why of it all.

The most important players in this story were all fascinating to me. They were well written, and quite vivid in my mind’s eye. Even though they didn’t require a great deal of backstory for the purposes of this story, I still found myself wishing I could know more about them.

Similarly, there are a few events that are briefly referenced as having already happened that I would have loved to read about in greater detail. Characters that were little more than an occasionally mentioned name in reference to a past event were on my mind quite a bit. Who were they? Why did <event> happen? Is the narrator’s remembrance of it reliable, or simply a justification for their actions/inactions? I ordinarily don’t find myself so preoccupied with characters and events that barely exist in a story, but I was more than a little intrigued by them, despite the miniscule details that were given.

The resolution of each group’s story wasn’t quite what I thought it would be, but they were all exciting and felt like a proper ending in each case. There was one detail of a particular survivor’s experiences that was left somewhat ambiguous at the end, and it’s left up to the reader’s imagination if the experience was real or not. Even though I’m typically frustrated by that sort of thing, even I have to admit it felt fitting, given the circumstances.

Overall, The Drift is a compelling read that will keep you guessing right up until the end, and leave you wanting more. Highly recommended!

I received an advance reading copy of this book courtesy of Ballantine Books via Netgalley.
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Wow, What A Trip

Told from the prospective of three people, Hannah, Peg, and Connor, The Drift takes you into a world ravaged by disease and three groups effort to survive. There has been a worldwide plague that has killed many people, allowing only a few to survive and provide the unaffected with the plasma they need to protect themselves from being victims. 

There is a raging snowstorm, sub-freezing temperatures, Hannah and a group of students are on a carriage headed to The Retreat when it slides off the road and wedges itself tightly sealed in the woods. 

Meg and her group wake up on a cable car suspended high in the air in the midst of the same snowstorm. None of them can recall how they got where they are, nor do they have any idea how they are going to survive. 

Carter is an employee at The Retreat, he shares the responsibility of running the retreat, making trips for supplies, and keeping the equipment running. He has a secret project that he must keep hidden from the others. 

Told from the prospective of these three people you learn how brutal life can be when it hangs by a thread. 

Thank you Net Galley and Ballantine books for an advance copy of The Drift. This is my honest review.
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The Drift by CJ Tudor kept me guessing to the very end. There are clues along the way and I don’t want to give anything anyway. The story line is about a virus that spreads throughout the world and how far people will go to try to contain it. There are underlying themes of social justice, the cost of revenge, and how far is too far to save humanity. A couple of quotes that I liked, “We don’t realize, any of us, how much our existence depends upon hope and purpose, the promise of a new day.”  Also, Meg’s response when asked why she cares: “Because caring is all we have left. If we stop caring- about life, about other people- who are we? What have we become?”
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I loved this new book by CJ Tudor!  I recently found this author when I happened upon her book The Burning Girls.  I loved that book so was eager to discover this one.  This one is so different, but once again a thoroughly engaging, entertaining and thrilling read.  I loved how the author split the story, and admired her ability to balance these pressure cooker situations so effectively.  I was a bit muddled at the beginning, but the writing is so strong, I stuck with it.  I didn't see the ending coming and although I found it to be overwhelmingly sad, I did enjoy it and admired the author for not taking the easy way out in any of her resolutions.  Tough, gritty and filled with horrific moments, this was a memorable read that I will enjoy recommending to my patrons.
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This novel has three stories, all of which take place in a snow storm. A bunch of students are stuck in an overturned coach. Several adults are stuck on a stopped cable car. And several guards/caregivers are stuck in their workplace while the generator is flaking and causing unexpected side effects. 

It all takes place in a futuristic time when there's a virus that has infected much of society and this world is deeply dystopian. This novel was creepy and gory in many parts. I could almost feel the cold and the eerie moments viscerally.

I don't usually read horror but CJ Tudor's books are an exception because of the character development that's interwoven in the fast-paced plot that keeps you on your toes. I was able to guess the twist on this one but it still didn't stop me from avidly turning the pages.

with gratitude to Random House and netgalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review
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