Tumble & Fall by Alexandra CouttsTumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts

Tumble & Fall

byAlexandra Coutts

Hardcover | September 17, 2013

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A novel about the end of days full of surprising beginnings

The world is living in the shadow of oncoming disaster. An asteroid is set to strike the earth in just one week's time; catastrophe is unavoidable. The question isn't how to save the world-the question is, what to do with the time that's left? Against this stark backdrop, three island teens wrestle with intertwining stories of love, friendship and family-all with the ultimate stakes at hand.

Alexandra Coutts's TUMBLE & FALL is a powerful story of courage, love, and hope at the end of the world.

ALEXANDRA COUTTS is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, where she received an MFA in Dramatic Writing. She lives on Martha's Vineyard with her husband and daughter.
Title:Tumble & FallFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 8.62 × 6.46 × 1.29 inPublished:September 17, 2013Publisher:Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0374378614

ISBN - 13:9780374378615


Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting My first forary into this book started off pretty well. I thought it was interesting having all the different point of views about the world ending. I was wrong since some of the characters were particularly dull and lifeless. The only one that I was fairly interested in was Zan. She managed to have an ongoing need to find out what happened with her boyfriend.  There was also no mention of why and how the world was ending. I felt lost, so I made assumptions about it. There was a huge meteor going to hit earth or aliens were coming. There's so many ways a book can fall short and I'm sad to say this one is of them. There needed to be MORE. More everything and I was just utterly bored with the meh characters and the plot? There is none. I'm so sad that this turned out to be such a boring read. The cover is just gosh darn beautiful. That photo is adorable and the typography is spot on, but what is beautiful on the outside isn't necessarily gorgeous on the inside.
Date published: 2014-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Tumble and Fall is not like any book out there right now, and if you read the description you will understand why I say this. YA Fiction ha many genres and one of the most popular is dystopian. But honestly I have found in the last year that the genre has become stagnate. But Tumble and Fall takes that genre and turns it on its head. It combines both contemporary and the threat of a dystopian society and creates a book that defies the odds. What I loved most about this book was the way it was written. We meet four very different character, which in turn go through very different situations. But what I loved was that in the end, they all ended up with the same outlook. All of these characters are threatened by an asteroid that is on a collision course with the United States. And no one knows what that will mean for humanity so what we read are the final days before the end happens. When you have multiple POVs you are bound to have favorites and I know I did. Sienna was one because of her story and her fight for individuality even though she was just released from a mental hospital. Another was Zan because of the tragedy she faced and the horrors of not having answers to the questions you most desperately want answered. The writing was flawless, I wanted to crawl into the book and stay there because the prose was so beautiful. There was not a character that felt underdeveloped and there was not a plot line that felt unfinished. The only think i did not like was the end. There was no answer to the ultimate question that was asked throughout the book. But then again I know why the author chose to go the ambiguous route. It allows for readers to create their own ending, whether that he happy or sad. Everything about Tumble and Fall is unique, and honestly it is a book that all dystopian and contemporary lovers will love because all the elements of a great story are there: great characters, great conflict, and ultimately a great message- that family, no matter how broken they may be, will always be there. Until the very end.
Date published: 2014-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected But Still Amazing It was different from what I expected it to be. I thought it would be some kind of bucket list thing where the characters go though all these things that they wanted to do before the world ended but the characters were calmer then that. The plot was great, it wasn't too slow and it wasn't too fast. It was detailed in how the characters were feeling and how they saw the end of the world and the things going on around them. The characters were great. They were well described but not too much where you learn everything at the beginning and then there's nothing to learn throughout the rest of the book. It was great and I really liked it.
Date published: 2013-10-12

Editorial Reviews

"A refreshing debut." -Booklist"In the iconic words of R.E.M., "It's the end of the world as we know it," and this smart, surprisingly feel-good, end-of-days novel is indeed.fine." -Kirkus Reviews"Coutts's characters offer a great deal of depth and appeal, and her writing is both purposeful and rich." -Publishers Weekly"Apocalyptic stories are all the rage these days, but this one stands out. There are no zombies, no deadly diseases, nothing to fight, and no way to win. Coutts has written a memorable novel filled with hope, love, absolution, and courage in the face of almost certain death. It will inspire readers to consider their own mortality and the profound impact they have on those who love them." -School Library Journal"Richly developed characters and a tight-knit island setting characterize this impressive novel." -The Horn Book