The Drift, C.J. Tudor

The title is in red over snowy topped pine trees. A few birds drift below the title. The white cover implies a snowstorm.

About the Book

Hannah awakens to carnage, all mangled metal and shattered glass. Evacuated from a secluded boarding school during a snowstorm, her coach careered off the road, trapping her with a handful of survivors. They’ll need to work together to escape—with their sanity and secrets intact.

Meg awakens to a gentle rocking. She’s in a cable car stranded high above snowy mountains, with five strangers and no memory of how they got on board. They are heading to a place known only as “The Retreat,” but as the temperature drops and tensions mount, Meg realizes they may not all make it there alive.

Carter is gazing out the window of an isolated ski chalet that he and his companions call home. As their generator begins to waver in the storm, something hiding in the chalet’s depths threatens to escape, and their fragile bonds will be tested when the power finally fails—for good.

The imminent dangers faced by Hannah, Meg, and Carter are each one part of the puzzle. Lurking in their shadows is an even greater danger—one with the power to consume all of humanity.

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Releasing January 31st


My Thoughts

“How could time be so fucking relentless?”

When I first start an ARC, it’s usually been sitting on my kindle for some time. I don’t recheck the blurb before starting it, so the book can surprise me. And boy, did this turn into such an utter delight.

“The masses suffer and die while the elite pay for private care and survive.”

A lot of this story is just like that—a nod to the depressing state of the world. We look at how much worse things can get, and they always get worse. But it weaves so well into this post-apocalyptic storyline. I adored the way things came together. The timeline is wonderfully wonky, so don’t get frustrated with it because it will come together (and spectacularly at that.)

“We don’t realize, any of us, how much our existence depends upon hope and purpose, the promise of a new day.”

The three separate scenarios all have the retreat in the background. Every scenario put me on edge. I was desperate to see how these stories would come together. Was it well after bedtime when I finished this? Absolutely, because this is a book worth staying up for.

Thank you, Random House/Ballantine, for sending over an advanced copy.

Random note: Hannah said the battery was at half power and wouldn’t last the night. Uhm, what kind of phones are they using where half a battery won’t last? But a phone with no battery works for the situation and seeing I give this 5 stars, it definitely doesn’t hinder my thoughts on the storyline.

Read this review on Goodreads and Bookbub.


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