I am a huge C.J. Tudor fan, so when Ballantine and Random House sent me a copy of The Drift I was stoked!
Told from three different view points, we gain a picture of the world on the brink of complete chaos.
Meg: A former police officer wakes up hovering midway to the top of the mountain, stuck in a cable car with strangers. None of them remember how they got there. The only thing they remember is that they’re on their way to ‘The Retreat’ and that one of them is already dead.
Carter: Is part of a group that manufactures vaccines against a virus. But there is a risk to what they produce and the only thing keeping them safe is their generator.
Hannah: She and a few other students are on their way to ‘The Retreat’ from the boarding school they attend. When their bus crashes in the middle of a snowstorm, Meg and the few survivors band together to survive not just the elements but also the virus that they’re running from.
Once again Tudor has delivered a page turner. I was on the edge of my sit for 90% of the book and honestly this is a great book to go into blind. This book is all about survival and I could feel the hopeless through the pages. While our main character’s backgrounds are slow to be revealed, I thought they were extremely well crafted, and I had a hard time picking my favorite story. While all three storylines are distinctly different, you get the feeling early on that they will intertwine, but the way Tudor actually weaves them all together is excellently done.
This could have easily been a five-star read for me, IF we would have gotten more info around how and what caused this ‘end of the world’ scenario this would have been an AMAZING read for me. But the lack of closure took a star away from me. I also didn’t realize this going in, but this is definitely heavy on the post pandemic side of things. So, if pandemic type stories still seem a little ‘too soon’, then you may want to skip this one.
I’d definitely recommend this book for fans of I Am Legend, and anyone who enjoys post-apocalyptic or dystopian mysteries. This would also be a great read for a snowy/cold night in!
The Drift comes out January 31, 2023! Huge thank you to Ballantine Books and Random House for my advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. If you liked this review please let me know either by commenting below or by visiting my instagram @speakingof.books.