• Kallie Lou Weisgarber

Savages - Greg F. Gifune

Savages follows a group of friends after they have a shipwreck and wash up on an island in the middle of the Pacific. The only issues are that they might not be alone on the island and it’s not just the elements that are after their lives.

I didn’t think I was a fan of the shipwrecked-on-a-deserted-island thing. But after reading Savages, I had to rethink that. I realized that a lot of my favorite books I’ve read in 2019 used that same Giligan’s Island trope, but without the silly hats and focus on humor. I really liked watching the relationships of the characters as they got more and more desperate for survival. The changes in everyone’s personalities as they lost hope of being rescued were really interesting. The power struggles were intense and sometimes really uncomfortable.

I think that, for a book with a plot that could become really overdone, Gifune did a great job making this a unique story. I can say that I have read a lot shipwreck novels, but I haven’t read anything quite like this. It actually gave me some real life information to google and now I have some more random knowledge about really weird subjects to share at parties.

Over all, I’m giving Savages 4 stars. It lost a star for me because the characters knew too much. I don’t see how an EMT, a history teacher, and a survival expert are all lost on this island at once. They just knew things that a normal group of friends probably wouldn’t have.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes weird historical facts, shipwrecked horror tropes, and the supernatural. It’s a fast read that will leave you feeling lost when you finish it.