The Speed of Falling Objects

The Speed of Falling Objects

Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else's needs. She's certain that her mom's bitterness and her TV star father's absence are her fault. If only she were more―more athletic, c...

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The Speed of Falling Objects Reviews

  • Laurie

    I picked this book up intending to read just one chapter and found that was completely impossible (the book STARTS with a plane disaster). Teenaged Danny's plane crashes in THE Amazon rain forest and she’s stranded there with her wilderness-survival celebrity dad, his filming crew and teen movie star Gus in a fight for survival (a brilliant set-up if every there was one). And yes, there are a plethora of terrifying bugs, reptiles and other lethal dangers, but what this story is about, at its hea

    I picked this book up intending to read just one chapter and found that was completely impossible (the book STARTS with a plane disaster). Teenaged Danny's plane crashes in THE Amazon rain forest and she’s stranded there with her wilderness-survival celebrity dad, his filming crew and teen movie star Gus in a fight for survival (a brilliant set-up if every there was one). And yes, there are a plethora of terrifying bugs, reptiles and other lethal dangers, but what this story is about, at its heart (to me at least) is how real people get with each other when thrown into a life-and-death situation (with people they barely know - including Danny's arrogant, survivalist, absentee dad) and how our protagonist discovers courage and strength that she never knew she had. And did I mention the terrifying bugs? (I'm scared of bugs and got a vicarious thrill reading about Danny coming to grips with the constant presence of rainforest insects - which, apparently, are like Vermont insects on steroids). I highly recommend this completely addictive (and emotionally moving) thrill ride which had me googling one too many types of spiders. Seriously - don't miss this one.

  • Ꮗ€♫◗☿ ❤️ ilikebooksbest.com ❤️

    This was so good, I have already added it to my favorites list! It was a story about plane crash, survival, it had bullies, a romance, a broken family, a journey, It was about fame and what people will do for fame, about overcoming fears and insecurities, and learning to live with your disabilities and how someone can internalize feelings from childhood and let that affe

    This was so good, I have already added it to my favorites list! It was a story about plane crash, survival, it had bullies, a romance, a broken family, a journey, It was about fame and what people will do for fame, about overcoming fears and insecurities, and learning to live with your disabilities and how someone can internalize feelings from childhood and let that affect their entire life. Especially it is a story about communication and how the ability to communicate or a lack of communication can affect people.

    The main character in the book is a girl named Danielle “Danny” who is about to turn seventeen. She lost one of her eyes in accident when she was younger and it seems that the kids at her school bully her because of it. They don’t tease her as much as they used to, due to the fact that her father is famous for hosting a survival show where he takes Hollywood celebrities out into the wild for different treks and adventures. Though the students at her school don’t realize that she hardly knows her father since her parents divorced when she was younger.

    Her father calls out of the blue and invites her on his next adventure along with one of the biggest movie stars in the world. They travel with some of his crew into the Amazon when the plane crashes after veering off course in a storm. Her father is a huge jerk and makes a good villain. Most reviews I’ve read so far are similar in that everyone is hating on the father. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but the journey they go through as they trek through the Amazon is full of danger, surprises and quite a few twists and turns in the plot.

    There are so many unexpected moments and feelings that come up. Not only for Danny, but for her Mom Sam, her Dad John “Cougar” Warren, his assistant Cass, camera man Sean, sound guy Jupiter, Movie Star Gus Price “GP”, and pilot Mack. They all bring up so many emotions as you get to know them and they get to know each other.

    In a weird way it reminds me of the breakfast club in how they all get to know each other. But so much more emotional because Danny is dealing with so many things. She is trying to get to know her father again and trying not to disappoint him. She used to be very close with him, but now she never sees him, so she wants this to be a new beginning for them. The ending was so great also. I am finding it hard to put into words how much I liked it.

    Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Norma * Traveling Sister * On Hiatus

    *One Word - Truth*

    THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS by NANCY RICHARDSON FISCHER is an entertaining, action-packed, suspenseful, thrilling, and edge-of-your-seat YA survivalist story that immediately hooked and captivated me. The backdrop of the Amazon rainforest and the premise of this novel totally intrigued and enthralled me, I was totally taken with this adventurous tale and loved Danny’s story. The action was so fierce that I literally could not put

    *One Word - Truth*

    THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS by NANCY RICHARDSON FISCHER is an entertaining, action-packed, suspenseful, thrilling, and edge-of-your-seat YA survivalist story that immediately hooked and captivated me. The backdrop of the Amazon rainforest and the premise of this novel totally intrigued and enthralled me, I was totally taken with this adventurous tale and loved Danny’s story. The action was so fierce that I literally could not put this book down.

    NANCY RICHARDSON FISCHER delivers an atmospheric, vividly descriptive, fascinating, adventurous, engaging, and well-written coming-of-age story here that is packed full of adventure, explores a complex father-daughter relationship, and a touch of romance to lighten the mood.

    Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren and her TV celebrity survivalist dad were interesting characters to say the least. Even though the father wasn’t the greatest dad out there he definitely had his purpose in this story and I loved how Danny ended up coming to terms with so many different aspects to her character. She definitely grew as a character and the underlying message and love emanating from the words written were extremely palpable and packed quite the punch. Danny was definitely the shining star in this novel!

    Norma’s Stats:

    Cover: A beautiful, eye-catching, appealing, intriguing and fitting representation to storyline. I love the fall colours to the cover design.

    Title: Intriguing, interesting, metaphorical and a meaningful and significant representation to storyline.

    Writing/Prose: Beautifully written, expressive, passionate, vividly descriptive, engaging, and compulsively readable. I immediately connected with the author’s prose.

    Plot: Detailed, atmospheric, suspenseful, interesting, authentic, action-packed, fast-paced, and entertaining.

    Ending: A deeply touching, satisfying and great ending that made me ugly cry.

    Overall: I absolutely loved the adventurous and emotional journey this book took me on! Would highly recommend!

    Thank you so much to Nancy Richardson Fischer for gifting me a copy of this book! It was an absolute pleasure reading this book and I thoroughly enjoyed Danny’s story.

  • Brenda -Traveling Sister host of The Traveling Friends

    I took a step out of my normal here with reading The Speed of Falling Objects, and I am so glad I did. What a great surprise this one was. I loved the self-discovery adventure here I took with our main character Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren.

    The Speed of Falling Objects has all the elements here to make this a thrilling edge of your seat emotional YA adventure for me. It's an action-packed story of survival, a coming of age story with a touch of romance.

    Nancy Richardson Fischer doe

    I took a step out of my normal here with reading The Speed of Falling Objects, and I am so glad I did. What a great surprise this one was. I loved the self-discovery adventure here I took with our main character Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren.

    The Speed of Falling Objects has all the elements here to make this a thrilling edge of your seat emotional YA adventure for me. It's an action-packed story of survival, a coming of age story with a touch of romance.

    Nancy Richardson Fischer does such a great job here creating exciting characters. I am not a big fan of young voices at times, and it took me a bit to get into the head of Danny. Once I was, I was hooked and loved the personal and emotional conflicts Danny experiences and the adventure she took me on. I enjoyed seeing her grow and develop with each page. Now her Dad Cougar is a very unlikable character here, making his character a hard one to enjoy but he creates some interesting dynamics here to the story of survival for both the jungle and Danny.

    The rainforest is brought alive and I was fascinated and terrified at the same time with the dangerous bugs and reptiles in the story. There is a lot of danger here and there is no shying away from details. It did feel at times a bit much with one thing after another; however I enjoy the thrilling fight of survival. I highly recommend it.

    Thank you to Nancy Richardson Fischer for thinking of us and giving us the opportunity to read something different than we usually do.

  • Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)

    4 Stars - I REALLY enjoyed this one! Great story, setting and characters. I love a book that allows the reader to follow along with a character or characters emotional journey to grow and change and find out more of who they are or want to me. And this one more than fits that.

    Danny wants the love of her parents. She wants to fit in and she wants to be strong. With her father mostly absent in her life, she jumps at the chance to get the one thing she’s been missing since an accident happened whe

    4 Stars - I REALLY enjoyed this one! Great story, setting and characters. I love a book that allows the reader to follow along with a character or characters emotional journey to grow and change and find out more of who they are or want to me. And this one more than fits that.

    Danny wants the love of her parents. She wants to fit in and she wants to be strong. With her father mostly absent in her life, she jumps at the chance to get the one thing she’s been missing since an accident happened when she was younger - the love and attention of her father and to make him proud.

    Her story is a journey from the first page right through until the last. Her voice starts out meek and as she’s forced to face some extremely harsh and real challenges she’s also forced to find out who she is.

    I loved all the characters in this story. Even her father who I w Ted to scream at more often than not. He needed to be better for Danny yet if he was any different she’d never learn who she was.

    It’s a story about finding ones self, becoming stronger because of it. It’s about..... well, you just need to read it.

    The book is very well written and reads super easy and fast. With excitement that’ll keep all readers on the edge of their seats.

    I for one will be on the look out for future titles from this author.

    I highly recommend this title.

  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer

    I totally wanted to read this because its set in the Amazon. Since my own world is a jungle world I love reading books set in the jungle. That is the only reason I wanted to read it... But it also includes disability (loss of an eye) and survival (another genre I love)!!

    The title is very fascinating and really kind of symbolically encapsulates what The Speed of Falling Objects is really about... which is not survival or disability though those are part of the stoWriter...The

    I totally wanted to read this because its set in the Amazon. Since my own world is a jungle world I love reading books set in the jungle. That is the only reason I wanted to read it... But it also includes disability (loss of an eye) and survival (another genre I love)!!

    The title is very fascinating and really kind of symbolically encapsulates what The Speed of Falling Objects is really about... which is not survival or disability though those are part of the story. It's hard to settle on a title like this but with the right story it fits perfectly!! I don't hate the cover but kind of wish it had the tail end of a plane or a golden frog on the cover instead.

    Danny lost her eye in an accident when she was little... and then her dad left her and her mom. It's not a big leap for a kid to equate that to her accident being the cause of the divorce. Even when you become a teenager you aren't necessarily going to separate the two. Because kids are cruel and when you lose an eye there are physical signs that you're different. So it kind of supports the idea that not having an eye means people may not want to be around you. To me Danny's low self esteem made sense.

    What I didn't like was her louse of a father. It made reading the beginning of The Speed of Falling Objects really, really hard. Because Danny is really, really delusional that her father is a great guy. And we could totally see where the story was going... from her low self esteem, to her parent's divorce, to her father's love, and even the plane crash! But once we hit the Amazon I was really pleasantly surprised (though her dad never does get better all the way to the bitter end!)

    I loved how the author used the sounds and animals of the Amazon to really make the setting come alive. And despite her fears Danny really pushed herself to have a positive experience. Sure she's delusional but it motivated her to approach the experience with the right mindset. I thought Cass, Jupiter (especially my boy here!) and Gus really helped here too being a buffer that kept the reader from having to focus on just Danny and Cougar (her dad.)

    I thought it was really smart how the author used this extreme situation to help Danny come into herself. Some of her loves that she didn't realize she had come to the surface as she has to face the past, face the truth about her parents and accept who she is because of it all. I could really appreciate how neither parent was painted with a hateful brush (no matter how much I disliked Cougar!) and was left realistic, even if that was painful to Danny.

    While I loved the character arc in The Speed of Falling Objects I did find the end a tad disturbing with teen sex at a pivotal moment when dying people were waiting for them. However Danny's journey to acceptance of her parents and herself was really inspiring. I was so happy she figured out how she wanted to proceed with life.

    During the entire beginning of The Speed of Falling Objects I was preoccupied with how Danny saw her dad. While I think it’s realistic how she’s panting after her daddy’s love I also think it’s unhealthy the way she obsessed over it and pursued it at her mom's expense. It verged on problematic to me. I kept thinking that its telling girls to listen to a man's words and not his actions. This kind of thinking will lead readers to unhealthy relationships.

    I did however like how the author showed Cougar did do somethings that showed his love. And Danny was able to recognize those things. But I wished it were addressed a little clearer that Cougar's actions were really selfish. And I really was dismayed at how Cougar decided to handle his own health issues. That is not right!! Suicide is not the answer. However, it did fit Cougar and who he was shown to us as being... a really prideful jerk who put being a celebrity above being a father.

    I really applauded how the author wasn't afraid to kill off her characters. That was really brave for a YA book and really quite true to a small plane crash. And I felt many of survival situations and knowledge were quite spot on (I've researched these myself!)

    -Channeling her mom to deal with her dad!

    “Show me.”

    “Kid, leave it alone.”

    I summon Commander Samantha’s bluntness. “Now.”

    -Her conclusion about Cougar is so realistic!!

    "Everything Cougar does goes to feed his ego. That’s a sad way to live. But I still want to know my father and have the time to forgive him."

    -From the author's note... she totally hit this perfectly!!!

    "Many of us, especially as teens, face a moment like Danny does, when we see our parents for who they truly are for the first time and must decide whether to pardon them for not being the superhero we imagined."

    The Speed of Falling Objects is a crazy survival adventure through the Amazon jungle. It has celebrities, dad troubles, medical emergencies and many, many bugs and snakes! Meet Danny and see that losing her eye when she was young is the least of her troubles...

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    A- Cover & Title grade

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  • Betsy

    Surprisingly, I think I blew through this book so quickly because of how much

    I kept reading in hopes that the asshat would be eaten by wild hyenas, kind of like that scene in the animated Lion King or something.

    (I know hyenas don't live in the rainforest, where this book takes place, but that would be the only appropriate end for Cougar!) Going in, I thought Dad would have more redeeming qualities, b

    Surprisingly, I think I blew through this book so quickly because of how much

    I kept reading in hopes that the asshat would be eaten by wild hyenas, kind of like that scene in the animated Lion King or something.

    (I know hyenas don't live in the rainforest, where this book takes place, but that would be the only appropriate end for Cougar!) Going in, I thought Dad would have more redeeming qualities, but really, there's only a glimmer of any of that in his character. Mostly, I wanted him to get his just desserts.

    I didn't quite expect Danny, the main character, to be such a brat, either. In the initial chapters, I was a little taken aback in the parts when she treats her mom and best friend like absolute garbage. Luckily, *she* shows some growth.

    Until the last 15% or so, I would have rated this a 3.5 out of 5, and I probably would've rounded up. It's a quick, entertaining read. However, the ending annoyed me enough to knock it down to a 3. An encounter between two characters was just far too saccharine.

    On top of that, the ways some things were wrapped up didn't seem consistent with the rest of the book.

    --Chapter 1 begins at the plane crash, but chapter 2 flashes back to detail Danny's

    in science class. If that sort of thing bugs you, skip that chapter! :)

  • Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell

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    Gather 'round, my friends, for this seemingly innocuous young adult book actually ended up filling me with a lot of mixed feelings, many of them Not Good. Who'da thunk that a rain forest survival story would end up making me so conflicted? Not me!

    THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS is about a girl named Danger. Yes, literally-- although she goes by her middle name, Danielle. Due to a childhood accident, she is half-blind. Her mother is a nurse and her father is a d-bag reality TV star name

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    Gather 'round, my friends, for this seemingly innocuous young adult book actually ended up filling me with a lot of mixed feelings, many of them Not Good. Who'da thunk that a rain forest survival story would end up making me so conflicted? Not me!

    THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS is about a girl named Danger. Yes, literally-- although she goes by her middle name, Danielle. Due to a childhood accident, she is half-blind. Her mother is a nurse and her father is a d-bag reality TV star named Cougar who's cast in the vein of

    meets Steve Irwin. Danny's accident made her timid and afraid, and she doesn't want to take risks. That's why her mother is shocked when Danny demands to go on her father's show when he invites her. The latest destination? The rain forest. She's determined to repair her relationship with her father and have him finally get to know her, and prove to herself and others that she's not afraid or lesser--

    --But the plane crashes before they arrive on site and she, the cast, and the crew are all marooned in the rain forest, which is filled with things that want to poison them, eat them, or kill them (or all of the above). Between her father trying to constantly literally and figuratively steal the show with his mad skills, and the judgement of teen heartthrob Gus, who's there to be eye candy and wrangle young female fans, there isn't a lot of room for Danny or her fears-- especially when she learns her dad had ulterior motives inviting her.

    So I have a

    of thoughts.

    📌

    Not very well done. Danny has lost an eye-- and she mentions it. Constantly. Which is fine, because I understand that disability-- especially disability that is sustained later in life and not experienced from birth-- can be traumatic and difficult to deal with. But you definitely get the impression that it's written from an ablelist frame of mind,

    , in that Danny defines herself by her disability, says that she's not "whole," and a whole litany of other stuff that was very uncomfortable to read about. Then there's the vicious bullying she gets from classmates: they call her "pigeon" because she cocks her head to peer out of her blind spot. The whole book felt very anti-disability and it wasn't really cool that the conflict experienced was for Danny to "get over it."

    Yuck.

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    I freaking hated Cougar. I saw another review saying that he was "trying his best" and that they felt bad for him. Um, no. He was (partially/mostly, depending on how generous you're being) responsible for the accident that blinded Danny. He was constantly thinking of himself. He invited Danny on his show basically to make her the butt of all the jokes, which is a pretty disgusting thing to do to any kid, let alone a kid feeling insecure about their disability. And then, the piece de resistance: he was constantly making fun of Danny and putting her down for her medical knowledge, mansplaining to and demeaning her by turns, and when she actually saves someone's life by killing a snake, he "um actuallies" her and takes credit for it, even though she did the work!

    Wow. Worst. Father. Ever.

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    Danny has this weird belief that if she sniffs dead things, she'll gain their essence and it will make her "whole" again. Now a teenager, she knows this won't really happen, but she still sniffs dead things-- dead animals, dead

    . If it's dead, Danny will sniff it. I think it's supposed to be meaningful, but it's actually kind of scary in a hilarious and awful way. It happens multiple times, so don't worry if you manage to miss it the first time. There's dead body-sniffing for everyone. Enjoy.

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    There was honestly no one to root for, and the ones I did like had bad things happen to them pretty early on. It actually reminded me a lot of GAME OF THRONES in that way. That's tough when it's a survival story, because if you're already wishing murder on the characters, you're not going to be very sorry if they get eaten by a jaguar (hypothetical, not a spoiler).

    I guess the takeaway message in this book is that the rain forest is a dangerous place, but I already learned that from the nonfiction book-turned-movie,

    , and South Park's

    episode. I'm not sure if there is such a thing as an

    -tourism bureau, but if there is, the author should be on it, because this has made me certain that I never want to set foot in the Brazilian rain forest. She does a good job showing how dangerous it is, and how, despite the greenery and the animals, it's actually quite easy to starve to death in there because of how many things are poisonous or inedible. (There was a name for it in THE LOST CITY but I can't remember what the exact phrase was; I think the author compared the rain forest to a green desert.)

    If you like survival stories and don't mind reading about a bunch of characters that all suck, you'll probably enjoy this book. But if you picked this up hoping for good disability rep or because you thought you'd end up with a realistic HUNGER GAMES novel about likable and inspiring characters fighting the odds, you'd best give this a miss.

    2.5 stars

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister

    3 stars.

    An entertaining and highly atmospheric step outside of my usual reading genre. A journey into the vast, lush and beautiful jungle where danger lurks at every step. A loveable, brave, quirky and unique teenage main character who had me rooting for her. A little too high on the drama, but it kept this YA story fast-paced and entertaining.

    Thank you to Harper Collins for sending me a physical copy to read and review!

  • Kendall

    I fell in love with the cover of this book and had to get my hands on it!

    The Speed of Falling Objects was a pretty quick read for me. The novel explores romance, coming of age, relationships, survival, overcoming fears, and family.

    The book is well written and leaves readers on the edge with all the action in the jungle! I loved the setting and I felt like I was really in the Amazon.

    I do have to say that I wasn't a fan of the main character's father Cougar. Cougar is an ass and all

    I fell in love with the cover of this book and had to get my hands on it!

    The Speed of Falling Objects was a pretty quick read for me. The novel explores romance, coming of age, relationships, survival, overcoming fears, and family.

    The book is well written and leaves readers on the edge with all the action in the jungle! I loved the setting and I felt like I was really in the Amazon.

    I do have to say that I wasn't a fan of the main character's father Cougar. Cougar is an ass and all he cares about is his tv lifestyle. He was the absolute worst father to Danny and basically demeaning his own daughter. This bugged THE heck out of me. I had a hard time getting past this character.

    The majority of the characters weren't my cup of tea and I had a hard time rooting for anyone to be honest and this is about a story of survival.

    Overall, was a decent read and would be interested in seeing more from this author.

    3.25 stars

    Thank you to Netgalley and Inkyard Press for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

    Publication date: 10/1/19

    Published to GR: 9/12/19

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