Playing with Fire
by April Henry
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: January 19th 2021
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When a fire cuts off a popular trail in the Oregon forest, a small group trapped by the flames must find another way out―or die―in Playing with Fire, an unrelenting teen-vs-nature YA thriller by New York Times bestselling author April Henry. Natalia is not the kind of girl who takes risks. Six years ago, she barely survived the house fire that killed her baby brother. Now she is cautious and always plays it safe. For months, her co-worker Wyatt has begged her to come hiking with him, and Natalia finally agrees. But when a wildfire breaks out, blocking the trail back, a perfect sunny day quickly morphs into a nightmare. With no cell service, few supplies, and no clear way out of the burning forest, a group of strangers will have to become allies if they’re going to survive. Hiking in the dark, they must reach the only way out―a foot bridge over a deep canyon―before the fire catches them.
4 out of 5 (very good)
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Natalia and her friend Wyatt have gone on a hike to a beautiful spot in the woods. What on earth could go wrong?
Well as it turns out anything and everything. I think it's fantastic the amount of research that has gone into this book. Every scenario going has been thought of and been resolved.
The way that the group of people pull together through the dangers and troubles is brilliant - if only more people would behave this way. You can definitely empathise with each characters dilemmas.
A perfect read for heroism, teamwork and friendship!
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April Henry is the New York Times–bestselling author of many acclaimed mysteries for adults and young adults, including the YA novels The Girl in the White Van; Girl, Stolen; The Night She Disappeared; The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die; The Girl I Used to Be, which was nominated for an Edgar Award and won the Anthony Award for Best YA Mystery; Count All Her Bones; The Lonely Dead; Run, Hide, Fight Back; and The Body in the Woods and Blood Will Tell, the first two books in the Point Last Seen series. She lives in Oregon. Author links: https://www.aprilhenry.com/ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/88507.April_Henry https://www.facebook.com/AprilHenry/ https://twitter.com/aprilhenrybooks