TWO FOR SURVIVAL by Arthur Roth

TWO FOR SURVIVAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

After a hijacker shoots up the flight deck causing the crash of their small Downeast Airlines plane, six survivors--including, unbeknownst to the others, the murderer--are left stranded and near starvation somewhere in the north woods. The narrative shifts between the four who stay behind in a nearby cabin and two teenageers, Mark and John, who are chosen to hike out for help, and, at least for those who never heard of more extreme measures taken in real life to keep A live, their struggle to survive on hard candies and procupine meat is enough to keep the pages turning. For the rest, the boys' personalities are as empty as their stomachs and the process by which John, ostensibly from Harlem, learns to respect his white, suburbanized companion, who keeps up morale by day-dreaming a future cycling trip through England, would probably be insulting if it weren't plain unconvincing.

Pub Date: Aug. 2nd, 1976
Publisher: Scribners