I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Cave by Michela Montgomery
Series: The Wind Cave, #1
Published by Post Hill Press on April 7th 2015
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, New Adult
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
Reading Challenges: COYER Back to Basics
Buy on: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks
Six Stanford students journey into one of the deepest and longest caves in North America. A day into their journey, a nuclear war begins from within the U.S. Unable to return to the surface, and unsure what they will find when they do, the Cave will test the strength and survival of each person differently - transforming six individuals into a team, and ultimately...a family.
Author Michela Montgomery’s apocalyptic page-turner, The Cave, is the first book in her Wind Cave series. Six students from Stanford University in California (Kate, Ano, Carlie, Jazz, Percy, and Matt) travel to South Dakota on a vacation/research expedition. For Kate, it’s the perfect getaway to tell her lab partner, Percy, how she really feels about him. Kate convinces her best friend and roommate, Ano, to tag along and act as a buffer in case things go horribly awry. What Kate didn’t know is that Percy already has a girlfriend, Carlie, who he invited to come along, and two additional students are coming along for the ride. Despite the emotional angst, things take a turn for the terrifying when a nuclear war begins on U. S. soil, forcing the group to remain in the cave until it’s safe to return to the surface.
I found this novel to be pretty interesting. From the cover, I expected something a bit darker, but instead found a great survival story. The group was only prepared for a four-day trip, and had to figure out how to remain underground for nearly a month. They endured many dangers and hardships that tested their relationships, and solidified them into a group. I’ve never been spelunking, so I’m not very knowledgeable about the subject outside what I’ve seen in movies, but I managed to find even those details intriguing.
One thing I liked was learning more about the characters and how they managed under the strain of their situation. Some characters rose to the challenge, and became surprisingly helpful, while others crumbled beneath the pressure. Even though the majority of the book took place in the cave, the story never seemed limited. With two more books in the series, I’m very interested to see what happens next for these six characters. That doesn’t mean, however, that the book was without its flaws.
The main aspect of the book I didn’t like was the dreaded love triangle. It seemed really forced and unnecessary. With so much other drama in the novel, a love triangle was a bit overkill. Not only was the added drama not needed, but it made absolutely no sense to me. Girl loves boy. Boy discovers girl loves him. Boy wants girl. That’s pretty simple, if you ask me. Throwing in a third-party “just because” was irritating. Especially when it managed to confuse a situation that was pretty cut and dry. Ugh! Just, no! If it wasn’t for this main part of the story, I would have rated this book higher.
Overall, I enjoyed The Cave. I loved the strong bonds between the female characters, and found it to be a major highlight of the book. I also loved one of the romantic pairings that turned out to be sweet, and I hope to see more of that couple. Even though mutant monsters didn’t live inside the cave, and there was a lot of science talk, The Cave managed to hold my attention from beginning to end, and left me wondering what will happen next. A very strong first novel of a trilogy. If you are a fan of apocalyptic fiction, than this is definitely one worth checking out.