The Survivor is currently a bestseller on KOBO:
#139 in Fiction & Literature > Fiction > Horror
#567 in Mystery & Suspense > Thrillers
#178 in Sci Fi & Fantasy > Horror
Get the Kindle edition FREE! The Survivor
Good, but dark
"Survivor" is a short story that was originally included in IDITAROD a novel of The Greatest Race on Earth by the same author. It was subsequently edited out of the book, because it was so dark. A full explanation for the deletion, and later publication, is included at the end of this book.
It takes 20-30 minutes to read because it is dense, very detailed, and horrifying.
A man, his wife, and their pilot are flying over Alaska towards Anchorage in a charter plane. Soon, the pilot becomes disoriented and veers off-course. Eventually, the plane runs out of gas and crashes in the expansive Alaskan wilderness.
The man calmly assesses his situation, and his odds for survival. It is not good. His wife and the pilot are dead. There is no food or water aboard the plane. There is only a basic first aid kit, a tool kit, and the dead pilot's full lighter. The emergency systems and locator beacon are broken. However, there are lots of dead branches and snow to melt nearby.
He decides to stay with the plane until a rescue team can find him. The above storyline happens in just the first few pages. The rest of the story is about the man coping with, and trying to survive, these bad circumstances alone.
The main character is very relatable. He is an ordinary city person who is lost, alone, and out of his element. He must do horrifying things in order to survive. Meanwhile, his mind and spirit deteriorate. It causes the reader contemplate their own mortality.
This book is graphic in its description of his actions and mental condition. It is not recommended for children or adults with weak stomachs, or at bedtime.
I both enjoyed this book and was disturbed by it. It was well written, and described the-horror-of-it-all in a realistic way. The lone character was believable and relatable. The pacing was just right. The only thing missing was the spooky and suspenseful music playing as it is read. All in all, it was a good fast paced and horrifying novella.