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When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done, but the consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: Due to his father's connections, not only will Grant not be held accountable for his actions, he's going to get away with murder When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done, but the consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: Due to his father's connections, not only will Grant not be held accountable for his actions, he's going to get away with murder. When a long Tavish tradition approaches, a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail, Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back. But before he has a chance to enact his plans, the cave system collapses, trapping him miles beneath the surface with four other teens from much less fortunate circumstances. As they struggle to survive, they share their innermost secrets and fears, and just when it seems they might be on track to finding a way out, they realize there's something else down there. And it's hunting them.


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When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done, but the consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: Due to his father's connections, not only will Grant not be held accountable for his actions, he's going to get away with murder When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done, but the consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: Due to his father's connections, not only will Grant not be held accountable for his actions, he's going to get away with murder. When a long Tavish tradition approaches, a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail, Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back. But before he has a chance to enact his plans, the cave system collapses, trapping him miles beneath the surface with four other teens from much less fortunate circumstances. As they struggle to survive, they share their innermost secrets and fears, and just when it seems they might be on track to finding a way out, they realize there's something else down there. And it's hunting them.

30 review for The Unfortunates

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sara (A Gingerly Review)

    This was not exactly what I though it would be but it was a quick read. -------- Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com... **I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** I am a reader that can be (and usually is) drawn to a book by the cover alone. Just take this book for example: it screams something deadly happened and there has to be a delicious story behind it. Well, sadly, the cover does not match th This was not exactly what I though it would be but it was a quick read. -------- Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com... **I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** I am a reader that can be (and usually is) drawn to a book by the cover alone. Just take this book for example: it screams something deadly happened and there has to be a delicious story behind it. Well, sadly, the cover does not match the story between the covers. Short recap: Grant Tavish the Fifth has never wanted for anything. The son of a popular politician and that also means he is constantly in the spotlight. Something terrible happened at the hands of Grant that cost the lives of innocent people but Grant is getting off with merely a slap on the wrist. This is driving Grant crazy as he feels he should be held responsible for what happened. Grant has decided that during his upcoming “right of passage” solo survival camping trip, he is going to end his life and end the burden he has put on his family. Once finally on his trip, nothing goes the way it should. Events take place that force Grant to take a deep, hard look at himself and what he wants out of life. Will Grant find his will to live and do what is right or will he give into his depression? I want to first state that this is a short read. The book itself is just over 200 pages and I was able to finish very quickly. Why do I point out that it’s a quick read? Because it didn’t feel like enough time to properly develop characters or a solid plot. It was a page turner, no doubt about that, but I found myself going through the motion of page turning because I felt I already knew what was going to happen. Maybe that’s just my experienced reader side kicking in. It takes a lot to make me clutch my pearls nowadays and sadly this book did not do that for me. I predicted the ending very early on. Now, please don’t think that is me telling you not to read this book. That isn’t the case at all! I can see and do see how a lot of readers will devour this book and love the story. Remember how I always say that not ever book is for ever reader? This is what I mean. I did enjoy it, yes, but it did not blow my hair back the way I had hoped. That being said, I mentioned character development. Grant’s character arc felt rather rushed, but that could be because of the shortness of the book. Plus Grant gets stuck in a cave and he (nor the reader) have any idea how much time has passed. It makes it difficult to get a good gauge on his actual arc. Regardless, I found myself feeling bad for Grant. He did ask to be born into a life that had rules, regulations, and responsibilities but he was trying to figure it out the best way he could. His home life was FUBAR in the worst way possible. Those people needed professional help. It felt like there were so many topics that could have been explored but were brushed over. Personally, I wanted to know more about that baby room. EEK. (Read the book and you’ll know EXACTLY what I am talking about. I wanted more about that!) Overall I did enjoy this story but knew the ending almost from the start. The title alone gives me pause because it really does not fit the book, nor does the cover. In a metaphorical way I can see why the cover would fit but I had to dig deep to put those two together. No matter what, I think a lot of people would enjoy this and I hope everyone gives it a shot.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Hager

    I am not a fan of nature and I'm very claustrophobic. I'm also not huge on heights and being in the dark in unfamiliar places. I mention that to say that The Unfortunates is basically every nightmare I have in one 220 page piece of absolute Kelly-hell.  Obviously I loved it. (When I wasn't completely freaking out and being terrified for Grant and the four teens he's stuck in the cave with. Because guys, I didn't know what was happening but I knew that I wanted no part of it and that I wanted all o I am not a fan of nature and I'm very claustrophobic. I'm also not huge on heights and being in the dark in unfamiliar places. I mention that to say that The Unfortunates is basically every nightmare I have in one 220 page piece of absolute Kelly-hell.  Obviously I loved it. (When I wasn't completely freaking out and being terrified for Grant and the four teens he's stuck in the cave with. Because guys, I didn't know what was happening but I knew that I wanted no part of it and that I wanted all of them to survive.) If every horror novel could be as intense as this one, I'd be a really happy Kelly. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book! I am a big fan of hers!!! I really enjoyed this book! Let's start with the cover. How cool is that cover? Of course I was going to read the book because it was by Kim Liggett, but even if it wasn't, the cover would have sold it for me! It was a very quick read, but that was probably because I could not put it down. It kept me guessing and in suspense the entire time. I know the teens at my library are going to devour this bo A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book! I am a big fan of hers!!! I really enjoyed this book! Let's start with the cover. How cool is that cover? Of course I was going to read the book because it was by Kim Liggett, but even if it wasn't, the cover would have sold it for me! It was a very quick read, but that was probably because I could not put it down. It kept me guessing and in suspense the entire time. I know the teens at my library are going to devour this book!

  4. 3 out of 5

    Angelica

    So first I want to say, the cover totally did not go with what this book was about.. When it said for fans of Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars, I was expecting something completely different. I was actually really let down by this book. I could have seen this going in a different direction and being a lot better. It also didn't help that I figured out what was going on half way through the story. It was an okay story and a super fast read.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Myron Brown

    Grant Franklin Tavish V got a slap on the wrist for causing a fatal car accident. He goes spelunking intending to die but when he is trapped with four teens from a nearby public school he tries to help them get out but something is after them. It takes awhile for this title to get going. The first several chapters reads more like a realistic fiction title where Grant ruminates about his guilt for the accident he caused. Based on these first few chapters readers would expect a fairly grounded sto Grant Franklin Tavish V got a slap on the wrist for causing a fatal car accident. He goes spelunking intending to die but when he is trapped with four teens from a nearby public school he tries to help them get out but something is after them. It takes awhile for this title to get going. The first several chapters reads more like a realistic fiction title where Grant ruminates about his guilt for the accident he caused. Based on these first few chapters readers would expect a fairly grounded story about guilt and how class affects the type of punishment could receive from the justice system. Even after Grant gets trapped in the cave and meets the other four teens, the book still feels very realistic. It is only a few chapters after they get trapped in the cave does this book starts to feel like something scary is going on. Once the "something is after them" storyline kicks in things get tense. The problem is there are way too few chapters devoted to the horror aspect on the book and that's the strongest aspect of the book. Everything else does not work as well. The characters are stock types and while exploring the aftermath of a fatal car accident from the point of view of the perpetrator is an intriguing premise, it quickly becomes clear that's not what this book is about. Liggett would have been more effective if she got Grant to the cave more quickly. The beginning of the book gives readers the expectation that this would be realistic fiction thus those readers may be disappointed when it takes a turn towards horror. However because of this readers who prefer horror may be disappointed that it takes awhile before getting to the scares. For such a short book it should not take so long for it to get started.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A short, sharp gut punch of a story that will keep you guessing and jumping at shadows. Read after dark at your own risk! This is the third book I’ve read by Kim Liggett, and I can honestly say she’s getting better with each book. And that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy her first two books! But this is my favorite so far and it s I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The nitty-gritty: A short, sharp gut punch of a story that will keep you guessing and jumping at shadows. Read after dark at your own risk! This is the third book I’ve read by Kim Liggett, and I can honestly say she’s getting better with each book. And that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy her first two books! But this is my favorite so far and it seems she continues to grow as a writer. The Unfortunates is rather short, but I thought it was the perfect length for this twisty thriller. Liggett doesn’t waste time with unnecessary filler and gets right into her story. Grant Franklin Tavish V is the son of a powerful and wealthy family, and his father also just happens to be a senator. But despite his privileged life, he’s in a shitload of trouble at the moment. Several months ago, Grant was involved in a fatal car accident, but his memories of that evening are foggy at best. Right after the accident, his father’s lawyer stepped in and now Grant is about to get off with little more than a slap on the wrist: sixty days of probation and weekly drug tests, and the last step is the trial, where his lawyer has advised him to declare that he “doesn’t remember anything.” In a matter of days, all of Grant’s problems will be over, and the accident relegated to nothing but bad memories. But Grant isn’t happy about any of it and feels an immense guilt about being the cause of someone’s death, even if it wasn’t technically his fault. And he has a solution to set things right. He’s about to embark on a family rite of passage, a weekend spent making his way through a local cave system, armed with only a few survival supplies (no food or water allowed). His plan is to stage his own death and make it look like an accident. Crawling through caves can be dangerous business, after all. But things don’t go quite as planned, and Grant finds himself struggling to survive—for real. The less I say about the plot the better. I went into this book blind and I’m glad I didn’t know much about the story. Liggett explores the psychological implications of guilt and what happens when someone as privileged as Grant realizes the pull his father has and that money can literally make his problems go away. We get the story from Grant’s first person POV, and it was interesting being in his head as he tried to work through his issues. I won’t give you plot details, but I do want to talk about some of the other characters because they’re important to the discussion. When Grant is down in the cave tunnels, he runs into four other teens who are also lost. These teens are on the opposite end of the socioeconomic spectrum from Grant, and they come from families who all struggle to make ends meet. As Grant gets to know them, he realizes how lucky he’s been his entire life, never having to worry about anything. The other teens resent him at first, but gradually all five of them come to rely on each other to survive. I loved how Grant’s outlook on life seems to shift after his encounter with Shy, Maria, Darryl and Kit. Liggett teases the reader by slowly giving us details about Grant’s accident, and you don’t find out exactly what happened until the end of the story. It definitely added a sense of urgency and tension to her tale, and when you combine that with the terror that Grant is facing in the tunnels, you can see how this turned out to be a real page-turner. Liggett gives us all kinds of cool details about caves, bats and the dangers of shifting rocks, and she weaves these details effortlessly into her story—it turns out Grant has been spelunking for years and knows quite a bit about caves. This could have come across as a way too convenient detail, but I thought it was handled really well. At about three-quarters of the way through, the action ramps up and the story takes a crazy turn. I flew through the rest of the book because I had to find out WTF was going on! I’m sure there are readers out there who will figure things out before the end, but I can honestly say I wasn’t one of them. I was floored when everything was revealed, and I’m still reeling from the ending. Liggett has created a spooky and tense thriller that met all my expectations, and then some. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! Big thanks to the publisher for supplying a review copy.This review originally appeared on Books, Bones & Buffy

  7. 3 out of 5

    Kristen

    Every once in a while, I get flashes, shadows in my peripheral, making me think there's someone behind me. I know it's not real. It can't be. I'm the last one in line. Seventeen-year-old Grant Tavish, the fifth, comes from old money. His family is well-known and respected in the Richmond community, and due to his father's position as the senator, quite powerful as well. And when Grant finds himself the cause of a devastating accident, he knows that the worst he'll get is a slap on the wrist. Th Every once in a while, I get flashes, shadows in my peripheral, making me think there's someone behind me. I know it's not real. It can't be. I'm the last one in line. Seventeen-year-old Grant Tavish, the fifth, comes from old money. His family is well-known and respected in the Richmond community, and due to his father's position as the senator, quite powerful as well. And when Grant finds himself the cause of a devastating accident, he knows that the worst he'll get is a slap on the wrist. The guilt weighs on him, though, and when he leaves for a solo caving trip, which generations of Tavish men have completed, he plans to never leave the cave. He'll stage his own suicide as a tragic accident, and his death will be his atonement. But before he can complete his plan, part of the cave collapses and Grant finds himself stranded... along with four students fro a nearby public school. Grant could very easily finish his plan, but he can't fathom abandoning the teens that need his help. As the group tries to find their way out of the cave, they realize that they're not alone down there, and that something is out for their blood. Why do I do this to myself? I have to insert a disclaimer here: I'm not particularly a fan of horror. All the same, I find myself intrigued by the idea of the genre, and I usually end up reading a few books here and there in and endless search to find the horror novel that proves me wrong about the genre as a whole. Unfortunately, The Unfortunates was not that book, and I found this book to be just okay; 2 stars. Part of the reason I decided to give this book a try was because the premise sounds vaguely like that old horror movie, "The Descent." It's hardly the award-winning film, but it makes for good brain floss when you're bored, and the plot of the movie is that a group of people get stuck in a cave, and find themselves faced with monsters that kill them for food. The movie itself is a complete gore-fest, and I was prepared for The Unfortunates to follow that same general storyline. But here's the thing: it doesn't matter if the book is similar to the movie or not. I just don't feel like such a story can be told effectively in prose form. No matter how many descriptors an author uses, it totally lacks the visual element that a movie has, which is honestly what makes horror so horrifying for me. When it comes to words on a page, all I can see is the light characterization, a dreaded and unnecessary romance, and an unshakable feeling that the book is just trying too hard. Clearly, this is a personal thing, as many people enjoy horror novels. The Unfortunates just didn't have enough for me. Grant himself had a pretty massive character arc that was rushed and stuffed into a little over 200 pages. He starts off as a preppy character that is, at the very least, content with his lot in life. The "incident" changed him drastically, and he's suddenly aware of the unfairness between someone that has grown up like him and all of the less fortunate people. He's disgusted by the "affluenza" that people are tacking on to his name, by the way that he is getting away with murder. I know most people probably look at me and think I have it made. That I got off easy because of my dad. But I don't feel like a prince of Virginia anymore. I feel like an imposter. Like any day they're going to peel back my skin and see the monster that I really am. There was, of course, a pretty girl that catches Grant's eye, and they manage to make out a little between tragedies (ugh.) The emotions of this book just fell a little flat for me. Aside from all of that, I was prepared to give this book a tentative three stars, but found the ending to have a rushed feeling. I expected so much more from it. It almost feels like there's more to the story that was just... missing. (view spoiler)[Not to mention that there wasn't even any monsters at all! It was all in Grant's head, which sucked out some of the tension and the fear that was already in the story. (hide spoiler)] Keep in mind that horror is just not my thing. The Unfortunates has the pitfalls that I've come to expect from horrors, things that I have always struggled with. Fans of horror might completely disagree with me, so give this a try if it's up your alley.

  8. 3 out of 5

    Teenreadsdotcom

    THE UNFORTUNATES is the newest release from Kim Liggett. She is also the author of BLOOD AND SALT, HEART AND ASH and THE LAST HARVEST. THE UNFORTUNATES is the story of 17-year-old Grant Tavish, a senator’s son who was involved in a fatal accident. He is quickly consumed by guilt when it becomes clear that his father’s connections will insure that he never faces consequences for the accident. With his graduation trip approaching, Grant plans to stage an accident for himself in a cave system along THE UNFORTUNATES is the newest release from Kim Liggett. She is also the author of BLOOD AND SALT, HEART AND ASH and THE LAST HARVEST. THE UNFORTUNATES is the story of 17-year-old Grant Tavish, a senator’s son who was involved in a fatal accident. He is quickly consumed by guilt when it becomes clear that his father’s connections will insure that he never faces consequences for the accident. With his graduation trip approaching, Grant plans to stage an accident for himself in a cave system along the Appalachian Trail. However, the system collapses, leaving Grant and four other teens trapped. As they struggle to survive and find a way out, they realize that they aren’t alone down there. I was honestly super surprised by this book. It is pitched as being perfect for fans of “Riverdale”and “Pretty Little Liars.” Because of this I went into the book expecting something entirely different than what it is --- ut was definitely a pleasant surprise, though. I have never read a book like THE UNFORTUNATES and I honestly had fun figuring it out and following along with the plot’s mysterious elements. The overall concept of the story is super interesting and has stuck with me since I read the final page. It also incorporates a lot more outdoorsy themes than I expected which was really interesting for me. The climbing trip that Grant goes on is pretty cool to read about and added something new to the typical mystery/horror plot. THE UNFORTUNATES is a super fast read. It was definitely a suspenseful page turner, which I loved. However, the fast-paced nature of the plot did affect the character development. I felt like there wasn’t enough time throughout the story to become deeply connected to the characters. I definitely think there was so much more to be discovered about the story and characters and wish that the plot dug deeper. Despite this, I did like that it was a fast read because they are the best kind of books for the summertime. My favorite part of the entire book was the ending. I was blown away by the twist at the end and honestly didn’t see it coming. I obviously don’t want to spoil anything, but if you’re a fan of twist endings and want to be left with the feeling of “how didn’t I see this coming?!” then this is definitely the book for you. The ending really ties the book and Grant’s character together. I felt like it did an amazing job of summing up the plot and also incorporating a coming of age element to Grant’s story. THE UNFORTUNATES is worth reading for the ending alone honestly. Overall, I enjoyed THE UNFORTUNATES a lot more than I expected I would. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until you discover the final answer to the mystery (and a twist you won’t expect!). I would definitely recommend THE UNFORTUNATES to any fans of mystery and horror novels. I also feel like it is the perfect read for travel/summer as it’s a super fast-paced, easy to get lost in and fun to read! Reviewed by Danielle F., Teen Board Member

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie Merrifield

    Grant Franklin Tavish the Fifth - yep, the fifth - the rich son of a senator, get's in a car wreck that kills 4 people. Instead of getting arrested he's told by his lawyer to simply say, "You don't remember anything," and given next to no punishment. Angry over being unable to take responsibility for his crime, Grant takes advantage of a traditional rock climbing trip to plan an "accident" to permanently solve his problem. Before he can follow-thru, a cave-in leaves him stranded in a cave with 4 Grant Franklin Tavish the Fifth - yep, the fifth - the rich son of a senator, get's in a car wreck that kills 4 people. Instead of getting arrested he's told by his lawyer to simply say, "You don't remember anything," and given next to no punishment. Angry over being unable to take responsibility for his crime, Grant takes advantage of a traditional rock climbing trip to plan an "accident" to permanently solve his problem. Before he can follow-thru, a cave-in leaves him stranded in a cave with 4 lost teens. Not wanting their blood on his hands, he works with them to find an escape. Just when they think the cave is their greatest hindrance to freedom, they discover a monster in the shadows. Will they all make it out, or will they die in the clutches of a monstrous fiend? I enjoyed this book. Grant seemed relatable - even given the difference between his and my stations in life. It was obvious how horrific he felt about the deaths he caused, and the lack of punishment he received. He believes the only way he can atone - with the least amount of emotional turmoil to his family - is to kill himself while on a climbing/survival trip. It was easy to understand his reasoning, even if I disagreed. The teenagers he meets in the cave are fun, easy to like, and realistic. I quickly found myself cheering and hoping to see them make it through this difficulty.  About halfway through the book I'd guessed what the author was doing. I'd guessed, but I wasn't 100% certain - and really, I hoped I was wrong. Liggett created a binge-worthy story that I finished in two days; and even though I figured it out early, she still left enough options for me to be wrong that I didn't feel like I wasted anytime reading the remainder of the book. It's not on my list of re-reads, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend giving it a shot. There's mystery, horror, psychological suspense and some laughs. Check it out! 4/5

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lydia Timpson

    Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and feels everyone is ignoring what happened in favour of letting him off scott-free because of who his father is. It's obvious that his conscience is bothering him and he struggles with how his friend and family just gloss over everything. He decides that, if the public opinion won't judge him then he'll take matters into his own hands. He tells his family that he is completing an old family tradition and completing a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail. Wh Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and feels everyone is ignoring what happened in favour of letting him off scott-free because of who his father is. It's obvious that his conscience is bothering him and he struggles with how his friend and family just gloss over everything. He decides that, if the public opinion won't judge him then he'll take matters into his own hands. He tells his family that he is completing an old family tradition and completing a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail. What he doesn’t tell them is that he has no intention of returning alive. Grant ignores a warning sign and heads into the cave system which immediately collapses on him, burying him. He is found by a group of teenagers and has to take the lead in getting them out. But there are things in the dark that have other ideas. The second Grant starts going down, the cave system collapses, and he is trapped with a group of other teens who found him dangling on his rope. As Grant and the others do what they need to do to get out, they face challenge after challenge and have to work to find the surface. Unfortunately, not everything goes as planned. I found myself both feeling sorry for Grant and acknowledging that he was at fault. Despite his guilt he still seemed smothered in privilege and I didn't feel that he totally understood what the culmination of his actions would be. The author did a wonderful job in expressing Grant's struggle and the twists and turns and various challenges that he had to face were masterfully done. The final 'twist' was nicely executed if a little cliché. Overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it. The only odd thing is the title. It really doesn't fit the book at all. Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review

  11. 5 out of 5

    Hana

    I almost DNF this but I had a theory and I wanted to see if I was right but I wasn't halfway done yet and it already was a struggle to not just skip to the last chapter and get it done and over with. I might have gone into this with the wrong mindset. I read they were stuck in a cave and monsters start coming after them and I immediately thought of that movie The Descent which I really enjoyed. I was expecting to get something like that and I got something completely different. My biggest problem I almost DNF this but I had a theory and I wanted to see if I was right but I wasn't halfway done yet and it already was a struggle to not just skip to the last chapter and get it done and over with. I might have gone into this with the wrong mindset. I read they were stuck in a cave and monsters start coming after them and I immediately thought of that movie The Descent which I really enjoyed. I was expecting to get something like that and I got something completely different. My biggest problem with this story is the characters. They made me want to pull my hair out and I rolled my eyes so much. Picture this: you are stuck in a cave with no food or tools whatsoever, will you be so snarky and hostile to someone you just met? especially when that someone has the tools to help you in there??? Another thing, maybe it's because they're supposed to be teens, but if you're stuck in a cave, have no food, you don't know if people are looking for you, you don't even know how long you've been in there, would you really have the time to be chill and be hanging out and sharing life stories? I think you'd be panicking which they weren't feeling at all until one person got killed. And then! what made me roll my eyes harder is the hero and the heroine really had the time to be flirting and making out? your friends are dying?? you still have time to flirt?? to kiss? whew i'm getting annoyed thinking about it again. BUT! after my theory had been confirmed to be correct, I guess it justifies why the characters are written that way. It just isn't my cup of tea.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Erin Arkin

    The Unfortunates is the new YA horror story by Kim Liggett and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, you should definitely fix that!  I loved Blood and Salt by her so when I heard about this book, and then saw it at ALA, I grabbed it. Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and after being involved in a fatal accident, he really just wants to face the consequences he believes he deserves.  Unfortunately for him, because of who his father is, he won’t have to face anything, and he is going to get The Unfortunates is the new YA horror story by Kim Liggett and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, you should definitely fix that!  I loved Blood and Salt by her so when I heard about this book, and then saw it at ALA, I grabbed it. Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and after being involved in a fatal accident, he really just wants to face the consequences he believes he deserves.  Unfortunately for him, because of who his father is, he won’t have to face anything, and he is going to get away with no repercussions. It is clear that Grant is struggling with what happened and how his friends and family just gloss over what he did, and he makes a decision to take care of his punishment himself.  Following a family tradition, Grant decides to tell his parents he is going to follow in his father’s footsteps and complete a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail.  What he doesn’t tell them is that he is never coming back. The second Grant starts going down, the cave system collapses, and he is trapped with a group of other teens who found him dangling on his rope.  As Grant and the others do what they need to do to get out, they face challenge after challenge and have to work to find the surface. Unfortunately, not everything goes as planned. There isn’t a lot I can tell you about the actual story as I don’t want to give anything away.  What I can say is that I enjoyed this story.  It had an unexpected ending (well until I got closer to the end) and Liggett brought this story together in a way that kept me guessing on who was really going to make it.  Also, can we talk about that cover for a second - It is pretty fantastic! I also thought Liggett did a great job of sharing Grant’s feelings about the accident and his role in it.  His distaste for the way his friends just avoid the topic and the fact that his father is just glossing over what happened was clear.  Grant really just wanted someone to hold him accountable and no one in his life was really doing that which in turn, made him feel even worse about what happened and the situation he is in. Overall, I enjoyed this book.  It was a pretty quick read and had a great story.  If you are looking for something that will keep you guessing around what is really going on, definitely check this one out.  I will be looking forward to whatever is next from Liggett, that’s for sure! Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brin Murray

    I can imagine that teens with a penchant for horror would enjoy this story: five teens trapped down a cave system, in the dark, where hostile unseen monsters or something lives… It’s gruesome enough for the bloodthirstiest ghoul or even young adult. Plus there are some real life dilemmas/issues thrown in, in the shape of our hero Grant Tavish who is a senator’s son and wrestling with guilt. He was the irresponsible cause of a fatal accident, and his affluent family and friends have just brushed I can imagine that teens with a penchant for horror would enjoy this story: five teens trapped down a cave system, in the dark, where hostile unseen monsters or something lives… It’s gruesome enough for the bloodthirstiest ghoul or even young adult. Plus there are some real life dilemmas/issues thrown in, in the shape of our hero Grant Tavish who is a senator’s son and wrestling with guilt. He was the irresponsible cause of a fatal accident, and his affluent family and friends have just brushed over it, as if nothing ever happened and the poor kids who died don’t matter. There is a twist at the end which I didn’t see coming, though I probably should have and am sure many others will. But the twist is crucial to the plot in every sense, morally as well as in terms of narrative resolution. It provides the impetus and understanding Grant needs, and all sorts of good messages: taking responsibility for your actions, showing true compassion and empathy, admitting guilt and taking consequences, questioning the different value society puts upon peoples’ lives. When I read it I whipped through the story and thought it was quite lightweight but okay. I’m writing this review several weeks and many books later, and can still remember the story clearly. Which means, it had more impact than I thought.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Kate (Beyond Bookish)

    Thank you to Tor Teen and Netgalley for a free review copy! All opinions are my own. 4-4.25 stars. This is a story that was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was quite good! I originally requested this for review (via Netgalley) because I thought it would be a title that my students would love! the cover while kind of gross is incredible and would really capture their attention (especially the reluctant readers of the bunch) but the pacing, characters and suspense really kept me turning t Thank you to Tor Teen and Netgalley for a free review copy! All opinions are my own. 4-4.25 stars. This is a story that was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was quite good! I originally requested this for review (via Netgalley) because I thought it would be a title that my students would love! the cover while kind of gross is incredible and would really capture their attention (especially the reluctant readers of the bunch) but the pacing, characters and suspense really kept me turning the page! I highly recommend this if you in the mood for a short, quick YA suspense for yourself or the teen in your life. I'm definitely purchasing a copy come fall!

  15. 3 out of 5

    Ellen

    Thrilling, horrifying and twisted... Grant Franklin Tavish V is consumed with guilt after "getting away with murder" . Knowing that his privilege makes him untouchable, he decides to face consequences the only way he can- by going on a cave excursion with no plan to return, or survive. I don't want to give anything away, but everything goes terribly wrong ( ⚆ _ ⚆ ) I read this on a cool evening and I was sweating the whole time- the writing is fast paced and intense. In terms of tone, this one i Thrilling, horrifying and twisted... Grant Franklin Tavish V is consumed with guilt after "getting away with murder" . Knowing that his privilege makes him untouchable, he decides to face consequences the only way he can- by going on a cave excursion with no plan to return, or survive. I don't want to give anything away, but everything goes terribly wrong ( ⚆ _ ⚆ ) I read this on a cool evening and I was sweating the whole time- the writing is fast paced and intense. In terms of tone, this one is kind of "The Decent" meets "Riverdale". P.S. I don't think the cover or title of this book are well suited to the story, so don't let that put you off.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    The book was provided to me free of charge. I am giving my review voluntarily. Kim Liggett chose the absolute best setting for this book. Nothing is more terrifying than the thought of being buried alive, and, in my opinion, being lost in a cave is a very close second. The author kept the adrenaline amped from the moment Grant dropped into the cave until the very end. There is a nice, but pretty predictable, twist at the end. My only major complaint about the book is the title. "The Unfortunates" The book was provided to me free of charge. I am giving my review voluntarily. Kim Liggett chose the absolute best setting for this book. Nothing is more terrifying than the thought of being buried alive, and, in my opinion, being lost in a cave is a very close second. The author kept the adrenaline amped from the moment Grant dropped into the cave until the very end. There is a nice, but pretty predictable, twist at the end. My only major complaint about the book is the title. "The Unfortunates" doesn't really fit with the vibe of the story, and feels like it might have been a last minute choice, because the author couldn't come up with anything else.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Fred Baerkircher

    First off, it's written from the POV of a teen boy, but the narrator is completely unconvincing as a teen boy. He sounds entirely like the adult woman who wrote the book. But conceptually, I had a really hard time empathizing with Grant. Like, he did something awful and escaped consequences. So, to set things right, he seeks to fake an accident to get away from all the people making him feel bad? That's sort of the opposite of owning up to the mistake.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This book was not entirely what I was expecting from the cover. I am very guilty of choosing to read it based on the cover. I think I read the summary when I first looked at, but by the time I read it I had forgotten what it was about. I was thinking it was going to be more of a murder mystery rather than a survival tale. That is certainly what the cover suggested to me anyways. But that said, it was still a really good story that was hard to put down.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Grant Franklin Tavish the fifth is the privileged son of a senator. After the accident, Grant was bailed out of jail and didn't have to pay the consequences. However, he lives in guilt of what happened that day in December. Money can't buy everything and Grant conscience gets the best of him. When Grant decides to embark on a Tavish tradition where the males go on a caving expedition solely, things go array. Grant lives in guilt and was about to end is life until he hears another voice. He ends u Grant Franklin Tavish the fifth is the privileged son of a senator. After the accident, Grant was bailed out of jail and didn't have to pay the consequences. However, he lives in guilt of what happened that day in December. Money can't buy everything and Grant conscience gets the best of him. When Grant decides to embark on a Tavish tradition where the males go on a caving expedition solely, things go array. Grant lives in guilt and was about to end is life until he hears another voice. He ends up being saved by four other teenagers that attend the local high school. Kit, Deryll, Shy and Maria become very good friends with Grant. While the five try to find their way out of the cave, a monster is on the lose killing each teenager one by one. I appreciate how Kim Liggett writes about each teenager with distinction. It is easy to follow who is who and each character has their own backstory and personality. I feel drawn to know more about the characters. Grant seems to be at ease when he befriends the four students. He even lets his guard down around him. Only one character in the book guessed correctly about what the monster is but unfortunately loses their life. That twist at the end is perfect. There are hints of what the ending was going to be throughout the novel but the reader has to make sure to read each line carefully. Although short in length, The Unfortunates is a gripping thriller that keeps you on the edge of the seat wanting to know what is going to happen and if the five will make it out alive.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Andrienne

    Awesome read. The main character was interesting to follow. Gruesome but well-executed. One of those books that you want to go back to the beginning and read again. Best not to think about what this book is similar to (another reviewer mentioned Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars) and just focus on the main character. Thanks to the publisher for access to the review copy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Leah

    This was a quick, easy, enjoyable read. The characters and story are fairly simple but kept me engaged and wanting to know what was going to happen next. The ending is a good twist, I was not expecting it. I recommend!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynda

    great quick read. a little boring during the middle (come on, do something) but picked up and held my interest. i even had to stay up late and finish reading the last 100 pages. this book had a great surprise twist ending that i never saw coming.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jen Bojkov

    This was a quick read. I should have seen the ending coming long before I did! Give this to kids who like authors like April Henry or Gail Giles. There is a twist that most people should appreciate. Lots of action in the second half of the book too.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I really liked the twist and the supernatural feel. Probably not a good idea to read a book about kids trapped in a cave when the news was all about those little soccer team trapped...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

    Wow! Loved this super quick tale. Full rtc...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    obvious plot is obvious

  27. 3 out of 5

    Sherri Smith

    This book had some very nice twists/turns and was an easy, quick read! I highly recommend it!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nannette Demmler

    ARC provided by Macmillan-Tor/Forge via Netgalley for an honest review. This book was not entirely what I was expecting from the cover. I am very guilty of choosing to read it based on the cover. I think I read the summary when I first looked at, but by the time I read it I had forgotten what it was about. I was thinking it was going to be more of a murder mystery rather than a survival tale. That is certainly what the cover suggested to me anyways. But that said, it was still a really good story ARC provided by Macmillan-Tor/Forge via Netgalley for an honest review. This book was not entirely what I was expecting from the cover. I am very guilty of choosing to read it based on the cover. I think I read the summary when I first looked at, but by the time I read it I had forgotten what it was about. I was thinking it was going to be more of a murder mystery rather than a survival tale. That is certainly what the cover suggested to me anyways. But that said, it was still a really good story that was hard to put down. Grant was a hard character to like. He is very privileged, and although he is not entirely comfortable with that, he doesn’t do anything about it really. His interactions with his friends at the start of the book are uncomfortable because he thinks everyone is judging him for what he did. But it is a short book, so it isn’t long before he has headed out to do this family tradition of walking through a cave alone. Kind of a weird tradition if you ask me, but just go with it. Things go wrong from the start, but Grant does step up and try to help the kids who are trapped with him. I don’t want to say much more so as not to give things away, but there is a slight twist to what is really going on, that although I figured out what it was, was still a bit of a shocker when I did. I really liked this short, kind of scary read. It speaks to how your conscience can make you think things that are not really true. I would have liked a little bit more of what happened after Grant gets out of the cave, but other than that a really good solid story. https://elnadesbookchat.com/

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily Butler

    Review in School Library Journal...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kate

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