Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Review of "Adrift," short story by Edward Lange



Summary:
After narrowly escaping a deadly plane crash, David King now finds himself stranded in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. With no way to call for help, David's only hope is to brave the elements and somehow find land. But what David doesn't know is that he is at the mercy of the mysterious forces that lurk beneath the waves.

Thoughts:
Everything about this story is simple.  Don't get me wrong, simple can be good.  I like a good action movie with a straightforward plot.  Or a romance with a predictable ending.  There's comfort in that.

This story was just a little too simple.  It's a classic man vs. nature tale.  However this type of motif is metaphorical for man vs. himself.  "Adrift" had none of that.  Our main character, David, lacks a discernible personality which makes the action feel stagnated.  I never felt connected to his plight and I didn't care one way or the other if he survived.

With some polish the concept could have been quite interesting.  I could see the dormant potential in the story but unfortunately much of it failed to deliver.

2.5/5 stars
Reviewed by Alain Gomez

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