February 6, 2017 by Zoë
There’s an asteroid hurtling toward Earth and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Tumble and Fall by Alexandra Coutts follows a few teens from a small island off the coast of the United States as they struggle to come to terms with the end of the world.
Since picking up On the Beach, books about people dealing with the impending end of the human race have always intrigued me. It’s interesting to think about how all different sorts of people might react when faced not only with their own death but also the end of civilization. What I’m trying to say here is that the premise was good.
Dividing the narrative between several different characters in order to provide different viewpoints was also good and kept the plot moving along.
Unfortunately, all of the characters were really annoying. All of them. Yes, the world is ending and everyone is going to act a little crazy, but this was so much worse than that. Everyone was unlikable and irrational
Case in point: mega insta-love. One of the girls meets a guy over the course of the book, falls in love with him, decides to run away with him, etc., etc. In the space of a few days. Meanwhile, other characters, including adults, preach at her that she’s really in love.
And ridiculous things like this happen to all of the characters. Kidnapping, confessions of love, etc., etc.
This book was vaguely enjoyable was not at all believable. If you’re going for all the apocalypse books ever, this is one to include. Otherwise, skip it.
“First: water. Massive tsunamis if an ocean took a direct hit, washing away entire coastlines. Then: fire. The displaced embers of Earth’s very core, falling chunks of flaming hail. And last but not least: ice. A frozen planet, shrouded in clouds of debris, hidden from the life-giving forces of the sun.”