ARC Review: The Speed of Falling Objects – Guest Post and Mini Review

The Speed of Falling Objects

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. This in no way influenced my thoughts or opinions.

Let me start by saying that I’m still in awe over this book. I tore through it in two days and was still hungry for more. Y’all are in for a treat with this one!

This was the story of Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren, daughter of the famous survivalist Cougar Warren. Her parents divorced after a childhood accident left her with one eye. After relearning how to adjust to her new perception and movements, Danny grew up in the shadow of her father and under intense pressure from her mother, the nurse. Her life was not horrible, but she felt so much weight from the need to want to make her mother happy and win her dad’s attention/affection. For her upcoming birthday, Cougar invited Danny to join him in Peru to film his next episode of his show. Danny jumped at the chance because it she felt it was her opportunity to prove to her father that she was not a failure or disappointment. Nobody could have predicted that their small plan would crash in the middle of the Amazon and they would be pushed to limits they never knew they had. Not to mention that secrets would be revealed and boundaries would be tested.

This story packed one heck of a punch. I was cheering for Danny the entire time! I will admit, I didn’t like her character 100% in the beginning because I didn’t like how she felt her self worth related to how much her father approved or acknowledged her, but as the story progressed her character grew. She carried so much guilt from her childhood accident that it radiated from her. She both wanted and needed approval/reassurance from both parents and she worked so hard for it. My heart went out to her. She developed into an amazing character that made me wish I could be friends with her in real life.

The story was a fast-paced adventure and I was on the edge of my seat the entire read. I am not going to spoil anything because I want you to get it when it releases next week.

I am thrilled to present you with a Guest Post from the author herself! Please enjoy!

Sara,

Thanks for having me on your blog! You asked me to talk about the research I did for The Speed of Falling Objects and the first word that comes to mind is TERRIFYING. 

I am like the main character of my novel is some ways. The biggest similarity is that I am very afraid of spiders, snakes, and most creepy crawlies. However, if you’re going to set a story in the Amazon rainforest you have to research what lives there—the types of plants, flowers, birds, butterflies, sloths, monkeys… and predators.

At the start of my research I actually had to hold a piece of paper over images on my computer screen as I read about the 3600 types of spiders, millions of insects and 17 types of venomous snakes my main character, Danny, might encounter.

Some of the things I learned include…

A bite from a tiny Bullet Ant feels like a gunshot. The Candiru is a fish that swims up a human penis and latches onto the urethra’s walls with hook-like barbs. OUCH! The jolt from an electric eel can pack up to 860 volts. And while you won’t die from a scorpion bite, a Wandering Spider can kill in as little as 20 minutes as can the excretions from a Poison dart frog if they enter the blood system. And don’t mess with an Anaconda. They kill by constricting their prey or drowning them, and then they swallow prey whole, head first!

Most fascinating, to me, was the medical research. I don’t want to see a picture of a poisonous snake, but learning that a bite can cause gangrene, amputation and death and how the process works was really interesting. I also learned about blunt force injuries as I researched what might happen to my characters in a plane crash and how some of those injuries can be treated but others are a death sentence without medical intervention. And as my characters faced different challenges during their time in the rainforest, I learned about other medical necessities (no spoilers!) that meant life or death.

My research also taught me how to create fire, build shelters, construct a raft, tie different knots, find water, purify water, discern what plants and fruits are edible and which ones would make you extremely sick.

I hope that my readers will find all of this research as fascinating as I did! Perhaps they will be compelled to visit the stunning rainforest. If they do decide to visit, I’d appreciate a postcard because at the end of writing The Speed of Falling Objects I was CERTAIN of one thing… The Amazon rainforest is a beautiful but deadly place and it’s best if I stay home;-)!

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