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The Drift

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Calling all fans of The Last of Us and the like, this pandemic based viral #thriller is perfect for when you want something that will actually have your pulse pounding and too locked in to stop obsessively turning the pages. 


This one is a wild ride, taking place from three different viewpoints at three different times, all of which revolve around a pandemic that has ravaged the world and left it a shell of what it once was. 


The story begins when an influential boarding school attempts Tom evacuate it students in the midst of a campus infection to safety. Unfortunately, a horrible accident leaves nearly all of the students dead with a few exceptions, who scramble to fight for their lives in brutal, blizzard like conditions before government officials can find them. 


Absolutely exhilarating. Out of all of the three viewpoints, I will admit that Hannah’s was my favorite, and the awful, heartbreaking angle of her father’s involvement and ultimate betrayal destroyed me. 

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I thought this was a good mystery thriller. I haven't read much by this author but still enjoyed this one as well. I did like the mystery aspect of this story and what was going to happen. I don't like going into a book already feeling like I know what was going to happen. The only downfall i had were all the characters and trying to keep track of everyone.
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End of the earth, end of humanity, end, end, end. Told from three distinctive POVs this amazing apocalyptic book kept twisting and turning and moving in on itself and veering off and I was never really sure where it was going but I was loved it.

The characters are caught in a life and death struggle to survive but the real question is “Survive what and why bother?” A totally ugly reveal of mankind and explanation of how an apocalypse happens and the ordinariness of the explanation. So no clear cut white or black hat - people just interpreting and misinterpreting each other until society “rumbled or crumbled”.

I liked almost everything about this book, the introspection, the profiling of the characters, the settings, the plot twists , the writing and never turning away from the inherent horror of the potential decimation of us. A very different and terrific story told with cunning, a bit of snark, some compassion and a hint of hope.

Thank you Ballantine Books and NetGalley for a copy.
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✨✨ Book Review ✨✨
Hannah awakens to carnage, all mangled metal and shattered glass. Evacuated from a secluded boarding school during a snowstorm, her coach careered off the road, trapping her with a handful of survivors. They’ll need to work together to escape—with their sanity and secrets intact.
Meg awakens to a gentle rocking. She’s in a cable car stranded high above snowy mountains, with five strangers and no memory of how they got on board. They are heading to a place known only as “The Retreat,” but as the temperature drops and tensions mount, Meg realizes they may not all make it there alive.
Carter is gazing out the window of an isolated ski chalet that he and his companions call home. As their generator begins to waver in the storm, something hiding in the chalet’s depths threatens to escape, and their fragile bonds will be tested when the power finally fails—for good.

My Thoughts:
Told through multiple POV's, we follow Hannah, Meg, and Carter as they each find themselves in life or death situations. While each are in a different situation with a different group of people, they must find a way to survive the elements, wildlife, and people around them.
This a medium paced book with lots of challenges that each group must work to overcome. I spent most of this book wondering what connected the three groups that we follow. It does all come together in the end, but I felt a little let down by the twist. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed it and didn't see it coming but I felt like the components of the story were so well built that it could have given so much more. If you enjoy a multi layered story with great characters this one is for you!


Thank you to @netgalley and @randomhouse for the gifted copy of this book.
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Clever and thrilling this book is a mix of post-apocalyptic horror, dystopian thriller, mystery and locked door scenarios. Thoroughly enjoyed!  

The story is divided in three scenarios with a different cast of characters in each of them. I could feel the tension and suspense building in each chapter.  This the first book I have read of CJ’s and I will be going back to read her others. Next up – The Burning Girls.

I want to thank NetGalley, the CJ Tudor and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine, Ballantine Books for the e-ARC of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are honest, my own and left voluntarily.
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This book was so freaky and definitely made me feel like I was there. I would recommend this for people who love a good thriller, although some of it was a bit predictable.
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Im not typically a fan of catastrophic, end of the world type books but this book was riveting and I couldn't put it down. The well written characters, the mortality issues, survival just kept going and going. This book was.  a fun, twisty ride!
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This was a really great book. I love all the twists and turns, and it was certainly timely in subject. So many layers including morality questions, survival questions, and just a really great ride! Another wonderful book from CJ Tudor! Looking forward to the next one!
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CJ Tudor's books are always a massive hit for me. I spend the first half of the book confused thinking WTF is going on, and then slowly and slowly things start to come together. The Drift is no different - the story is told from three different perspectives, from three different characters, Hannah, Meg, and Carter, as they battle a snowstorm and survival. However, as the situations the characters are in become more clear you realize there's more to the opposing POV's than it seems, and it's truly mind blowing as the characters stories start to connect. Theres a deadline virus, murder, shady dealing, sacrifices, and pretty much every other scenario you could imagine. As always with Tudor's works I was truly surprised by the big twists in the story, and with the biggest reveal of all is told slowly and hinted at throughout the work and its truly incredibly done.

I can't say much about this one without giving a way crucial plot details, but if you're a fan of dystopian horror, this ones for you. CJ Tudor hasn't disappointed me yet and as always, my only real complaint is I'm always left with some unanswered questions and wishing it was just a little longer. (but I've also reviewed all her books since The Chalk Man and I learn
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I loved The Drift. This kept me on the edge of my seat as I tried to piece together connections and twists. And while I guessed quite a few of the twists, there were certainly some surprises in here.

The Drift follows three characters as they try to survive a catastrophe, along with a virus ravaged world. Hannah wakes up in a mangled coach bus that has crashed. Meg in a cable car suspended over a frozen landscape. And lastly Carter, in an abandoned ski chalet. All of these povs and scenarios were so interesting and the overall sense of foreboding was done exceptionally well. Also the dark humor was just the icing on the cake. 5 stars, highly recommend!
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4.5 stars

The Drift is a hard book to summarize in one sentence but I would say it's about three different groups of people in dangerous situations trying to figure out how to survive.

This is my 3rd book by C.J. Tudor and she has officially become a favorite author of mine (I've also read The Chalk Man and The Burning Girls by her). From the very beginning pages of this book, I was hooked. And to be clear, this is a very me type of book with a snowy setting, end of the world as we know it and isolation vibes, plus a mystery of what is really going on as an added bonus. It couldn't be more my type of book if it tried! What I had almost forgotten is that Tudor toes the line between thriller and horror seamlessly with her books. I was reading along just completely hooked and then bam - she hits you with those horror vibes perfectly. I loved it! My one and only complaint with this book (and the reason I gave it 4.5 stars rather than a full five) is I just wanted a little bit more from the ending. It was a good ending but with all the build up of tension and suspense to get to that point - I just needed a bit more (even if I can't pinpoint what that more should have been). C.J. Tudor is such a talented author and I am here for anything/everything that she writes at this point. 

Readers who enjoy books that have eerie, isolated vibes and are complete page turning reads need to pick this book up! The Burning Girls is still my favorite by her but this book is a very close second. I'm so excited to catch up on her backlist after loving each of her books so much!
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A nice read - nothing that’s earth-shattering or life-altering, but that’s ok sometimes, right? This mystery/suspense tale was told at a nice clip, keeping those e-pages flipping. As always, I look forward to their next release  While this might not have “wowed” me,  I enjoy most of this author’s work and this one was no exception. Give this a gander, you’ll be glad that you did. 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.
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It’s about 3.5 stars but if it didn’t get so confusing with the plot and characters. I did enjoy the deceptive characters all trying to survive a clearly impossible scenario. I was not prepared for the gory apocalyptic story. It was all anticlimactic for me given the deadly virus so which they had all been exposed.
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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.

📍 Read if you like:
• Post-Apocalyptic
• Multiple POV
• Survival Stories
• Major Plot Twists

This is my second read from this author, and just like The Chalk Man, I am once again disappointed. I really wanted to love this book as the premise had me so intrigued, and honestly, the beginning was so good.

This story is set in a post-apocalyptic world where a deadly virus is going around killing people. We follow three different characters:

~ Hannah: medical student locked in a bus with other survivors.

~ Meg: ex-police officer trapped in a cable car in the middle of nowhere.

~ Carter: ski chalet worker stuck at the retreat having to witness people die in front of him.

If I had to choose, I think I enjoyed Hannah’s perspective more - even though she was my least favorite character.

I liked the idea behind this virus and I enjoyed the three different timelines and characters. There was so much potential lost and I just felt so underwhelmed with the book. There’s a lot of talk about these elemental factors that was quite interesting.

While this book wasn’t for me, I really appreciate what the author tried to do here. I found so many things that I just couldn’t deal with, especially with the way some characters talked about overweight people.

This post-apocalyptic story didn’t work for me, but I’m sure there’s an audience out there who will enjoy it more.

Thank you so much NetGalley and Ballantine Books for the review copy in exchange for my honest review!

•𝗧𝗪/𝗖𝗪: Gore, death, blood, suicide, rape, pregnancy, minor vomit
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The Drift is a phycological thriller set in a post apocalyptic world where three storylines eventually merge so you are switching back and forth between three sets of groups trying to survive and/or ultimately reach the same location. All fraught with uncertain perils and challenges. To me it’s a bit slow moving at first. However, the over Arching timelines and background development was the main reason it was slow going. Everything needed to line up for the reveal. It was well done and there was definitely a surprise ending. I just was left wanting more it just kind of converged and it was over with a lot left unsaid. Ultimately that leaves you either to draw your own conclusions or to feel kind of letdown about what you can’t know. 
I did enjoy the book  and post apocalyptic and dark storylines are always a draw for me. Just hoped for a more wrapped up story at the end although it is left open to continue so maybe I’ll get that bow lol.
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I've read several books by CJ Tudor and have always found them to be fast paced, interesting and hard to put down. This one was no different. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.
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This was pretty good but I felt like there was a huge loose end that didn't get tied up that ruined it for me at the end. Loved the twist though and the dystopian world is super interesting.
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Thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine and NetGalley for the advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review. I read Chalk Man by this same author so I was excited to read this one as well. It started a bit slow for me, but did eventually pick up as the story progressed. I'll read more by this author in the future!
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I was lucky enough to receive this ARC and I am so glad I did. Being stranded in a snowstorm in the middle of nowhere is honestly one of the scariest things that could happen. I loved every character and the plot so much, I cannot wait to pick up another one by her.
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Really enjoyed this novel. Story was very interesting and engaging. Looking forward to reading more by this author. Highly recommend!
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