Title: The Speed of Falling Objects
Author: Nancy Richardson Fisher
Published: October 1, 2019 by Inkyard Press
Genre: Young Adult, Survival, Contemporary Fiction
Goodreads Rating: 4.28 out of 5.00
“Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else’s needs. She’s certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her fault. If only she were more―more athletic, charismatic, attractive―life would be perfect.
When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she’s not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, Gus Price, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships and falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to light the way home“
Hi, yes, my name is Allie and I hate all forms of creepy crawlies. I also have a major fear of begin abandoned in crazy places, I would never ever sign up for Survivor or for COURGAR Warren’s survivalist show. Count me out. Reading about it though, I’m in for that.
For the past ten years Danger (Danny) Warren, ever since an accident left her with one eye, she has been scared of the world. In an attempt to prove herself to her estranged father, celebrity survivalist host Cougar Warren, Danny agrees to his offer of accompany him on a trip to the Amazon. When their plane crashes in the middle of Amzaon rain forest Danny, her father, and the others on their flight are forced to put their survival skills to the test without the comfort of help near by.
While the story line is fairly predictable (ie hello young adult love story) I really enjoyed it and read this book in less than 2 days. I was captivated by Fisher’s depictions of all the Amazon creepy crawlies and you can just tell she did an extreme amount of research on the Amazon and what lives there. Danny’s knowledge of medical cases and emergency medicine was also extremely well researched, and while I can’t tell you if all of it is correct because I’m no medical doctor, I definitely feel I learned a few tricks in case I’m ever in an emergency.
I also think the depictions of the relationships Danny has between her parents was really well put together. I feel a lot of teenagers go through similar instances and I could even picture my teenage self having some of the same thoughts Danny did. Granted my dad wasn’t a celebrity TV personality who abandoned me but ya get the picture. While Cougar made me roll my eyes more than once, Fisher was great at keeping him the same person even with his personal growth. There are too many stories that have ‘villian’ characters become completely new people and I just don’t think that’s realistic, so I really enjoyed Fisher’s consistency.
Basically Danger Danny is a badass, and I wish I was as smart as her when I was 17. If you are looking for a fast paced adventure where you don’t have to eat grubs yourself, then The Speed of Falling Objects is the perfect read for you. Get it HERE! Also huge thanks to the author Nancy Richardson Fischer for sending me a finished copy of the book and for creating this fun story where I got to lose myself in the Amazon for a bit.