On the Free
Santi agreed to join the Bear Canyon Wilderness Therapy Program for one reason: less time in juvie. Amelia signed up to prove a point. Victor—well, no one can figure out why Victor's on the trip, but he's definitely not out to make friends. After a mudslide sweeps away other campers, the trio is left stranded in the Colorado wilderness and short on supplies. They'll have to band together to survive the elements, their demons, and each other.

On the Free Details

TitleOn the Free
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseOct 1st, 2017
PublisherCarolrhoda Lab
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Adventure, Survival, Action, Realistic Fiction

On the Free Review

  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of "Hatchet" and other survival stories will enjoy this tale of 4 young people and two adventure leaders who go camping in the Bear Canyon Wilderness as part of an alternative juvenile detention program. Santi is the main character and he is in the program for car theft. He meets Victor, Rico, and Celeste who are also in the program but he doesn't know what they have done to get there. Jerry and Amelia, the group leaders, round out the cast. They all set off on what should be a 6 day hiking Fans of "Hatchet" and other survival stories will enjoy this tale of 4 young people and two adventure leaders who go camping in the Bear Canyon Wilderness as part of an alternative juvenile detention program. Santi is the main character and he is in the program for car theft. He meets Victor, Rico, and Celeste who are also in the program but he doesn't know what they have done to get there. Jerry and Amelia, the group leaders, round out the cast. They all set off on what should be a 6 day hiking/camping trip through remote Colorado wilderness - but inevitably, disaster strikes. Santi and the others will need to pool their resources and wits to survive.Lots of action and adventure, one unexpected plot twist (for me), but the ending was too conveniently wrapped up and just felt very pat.Some underage drinking, violence, and sexual references make this a better fit for mature middle schoolers or for a high school audience.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Received an ARC from Goodreads giveaway. Enjoyed the story in general, but did not like the way it ended. It was left with an open ending for the reader to draw their own conclusion.
  • Vicki
    January 1, 1970
    Three teens survive a torrential nighttime storm while camping in Colorado's Weminuche Wilderness Area, as a part of a juvenile offender therapy program. Two teens, Santiago and Victor, are tossed and tumbled in their uprooted tent - but survive. They can't find the others, but for one junior counselor named Amelia. The threesome set out to find help, an estimated eighteen miles away, though Victor lets on he knows of a cabin that has a satellite phone. They are plagued with injuries, lack of fo Three teens survive a torrential nighttime storm while camping in Colorado's Weminuche Wilderness Area, as a part of a juvenile offender therapy program. Two teens, Santiago and Victor, are tossed and tumbled in their uprooted tent - but survive. They can't find the others, but for one junior counselor named Amelia. The threesome set out to find help, an estimated eighteen miles away, though Victor lets on he knows of a cabin that has a satellite phone. They are plagued with injuries, lack of food, and signs of predatory animals, but the real conflict that drives the plot is the tension between the troubled teens. The characters are developed in flashback chapters that alternate with the present dilemma, but seem stereotyped: Victor is the rich kid with fancy gear and a controlling stepfather; Santiago lives in a gang-ridden neighborhood with an absentee guardian; Amelia doesn't know what she wants to do in life after being bounced around from town-to-town, never really belonging. The ending may not be satisfying to readers who just want to know if they are rescued and don't really care if they become friends.
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  • Caitie
    January 1, 1970
    I thought this book looked interesting when I picked it up at the library, but it wasn't interesting at all. Instead, it was boring and I didn't care about any of the characters. So, from my understanding, Amelia decided to become an assistant leader in order to get away from her wealthy family. That made no sense to me at all.....so they may be annoying, high strung and want the best for you but gosh that just isn't enough! So this is just an example of how we get a small snapshot of her and ou I thought this book looked interesting when I picked it up at the library, but it wasn't interesting at all. Instead, it was boring and I didn't care about any of the characters. So, from my understanding, Amelia decided to become an assistant leader in order to get away from her wealthy family. That made no sense to me at all.....so they may be annoying, high strung and want the best for you but gosh that just isn't enough! So this is just an example of how we get a small snapshot of her and our other main characters, Santi and Victor, without truly getting to know them. The only one who seemed to have done anything wrong was Santi, and he coped to it. Victor's stepdad did seem like a blowhard and he did beat up his friend, but there was no real explanation, other than the kid had said something "mean" to Victor. I also found it hard to believe that no one seemed to know where they were and that the mudslide just happened to occur at that moment. So anyway, this wasn't for me.
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  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    The Bear Canyon Wilderness Therapy Program is a camping excursion through the remote wildnerness of Colorado designed for troubled teens. Santi agreed to go to stay out of juvie. Busted as an accomplice for stealing a car and refusing to name the driver, Santi already knows what life is like on the inside and he doesn't want to go back. Amelia signed up as an assistant leader to prove a point. She's been going through the motions of being perfect for her family and she's had just about enough. M The Bear Canyon Wilderness Therapy Program is a camping excursion through the remote wildnerness of Colorado designed for troubled teens. Santi agreed to go to stay out of juvie. Busted as an accomplice for stealing a car and refusing to name the driver, Santi already knows what life is like on the inside and he doesn't want to go back. Amelia signed up as an assistant leader to prove a point. She's been going through the motions of being perfect for her family and she's had just about enough. Maybe being around these troubled teenagers will help her as well. And Victor, well, noone is sure why Victor is actually on the trip, but it's definitely not to make friends. Victor has his own reasons but he's not sharing. After a few days on the trail, tragedy strikes and these three find themselves alone and stranded in the Colorado wilderness. With a limited supply of food and water they will have to learn how to band together to survivor and make it home.
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  • Kidlitter
    January 1, 1970
    Teenagers on an Outward Bound like expedition survive a mudslide in remote Colorado, but they may be each other's worst enemies when it comes to getting out alive. Voorhees writes beautiful descriptions of how the harshly remote and wild environment can turn on even the best prepared, let alone emotionally challenged and physically injured teens. The split narratives between the three protagonists lend some insight into their back stories, though more explication of their predicament in the pres Teenagers on an Outward Bound like expedition survive a mudslide in remote Colorado, but they may be each other's worst enemies when it comes to getting out alive. Voorhees writes beautiful descriptions of how the harshly remote and wild environment can turn on even the best prepared, let alone emotionally challenged and physically injured teens. The split narratives between the three protagonists lend some insight into their back stories, though more explication of their predicament in the present would have deepened the reader's engagement with the narrative. But the hidden, possibly dark motivations of one character distill the central tension of who will survive and the book ends abruptly with the fate of the group still in doubt after facing off with a mountain lion. A good quick read for Hatchet and Survivor fans but ultimately disappointing for the general reader.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    A compelling adventure that does keep the reader interested. Santi chose to join the Bear Canyon Wilderness Therapy Program instead of spending more time in Juvie. Vincent is there for his own reasons, while Amelia signed up to prove a point. The hike into the wilderness of Colorado should not be a big deal, until disaster strikes. There is gratuitous swearing, but it fits the characters.
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  • Read InAGarden
    January 1, 1970
    In On The Free, Coert Voorhees does a good job of weaving together an adventure tale told by three distinct narrators. Santi, Amelia and Victor each have very different motives for going on a wilderness camping trip. But only a short time into the trip a mudslide rearranges their goals and they have to work together for survival.
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  • CR
    January 1, 1970
    My Review: This book was so boring and I really didn't are about the characters at all. Their plight was just ugh and the book dragged so much. Other than the mudslide which I know can happen out of the blue. Lots of this book was just a little to far fetched for my taste.
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  • Karla Kossow
    January 1, 1970
    Action filled, with twists and turns. Wish the ending would have been more conclusive?I'd like to know more!!!
  • 4HillJacob
    January 1, 1970
    Neat
  • Aimee
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of On the Free from Walker Books Australia to review.I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this book. The copy I received made me think there was a mountain lion or a bear picking off members of the group because there are claw marks under the dust jacket on the copy I received. But I’m not going to give anything away…On the Free is told in three POV, Amelia, Santi and Victor. Their stories were told in both the past and present so there were flashback that showed how each char I received a copy of On the Free from Walker Books Australia to review.I wasn’t too sure what to expect with this book. The copy I received made me think there was a mountain lion or a bear picking off members of the group because there are claw marks under the dust jacket on the copy I received. But I’m not going to give anything away…On the Free is told in three POV, Amelia, Santi and Victor. Their stories were told in both the past and present so there were flashback that showed how each character made it to the therapy group.There was one character I couldn’t connect with. I don’t even know where to start with Victor… Yes, his step-father was an ass but I’m not sure that justified what he was doing. He came across as really smart but was doing something so stupid.And then there was the ending. If you can even call it an ending? I hate open endings where the reader is left to figure out on their own what may have happened. The ending of On the Free was very open. I would have preferred to know what happened to Amelia, Santi and Victor. But I guess we don’t always get what we want.Overall I thought the book was okay and it clearly wasn’t the book for me. But I’m sure there are others that will enjoy it. I’m just not one of them. But I do love the cover!
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 3.75 starsLikes:- I loved the story line of the book. I thought it was cool how they had to survive the wilderness with very few resources with dangers all around- I liked how the author flipped the chapters, with one being the present and the next giving a flashback to background info. I felt I was really able to understand the characters with this information- I enjoyed reading about everyone's stories of how they came to this moment. I thought it was cool to see what experience Actual Rating: 3.75 starsLikes:- I loved the story line of the book. I thought it was cool how they had to survive the wilderness with very few resources with dangers all around- I liked how the author flipped the chapters, with one being the present and the next giving a flashback to background info. I felt I was really able to understand the characters with this information- I enjoyed reading about everyone's stories of how they came to this moment. I thought it was cool to see what experiences shaped them to come to the program.- I really enjoyed reading about all the survival parts of this book. All of the times they had to get creative in the wilderness just to fight for survival were really cool.- I really enjoyed getting the story from three different perspectives. I think it would have been a completely different story if it was just one of them, but with the three of them narrating it really gave new perspective to the story.Dislikes:- When the main problem occurred (view spoiler)[ the mudslide (hide spoiler)] that left the three for them stranded, it was hard to understand what was happening. I get that that was probably how the situation appeared to the characters, but I wish I knew what happened sooner.- I didn't enjoy Victor's character as a whole. I didn't really get his whole story or motives for what he was doing in the mountain. Sometimes he seems smart and intelligent like he knows what he's doing, but other times he was so dumb it just didn't make sense.- I would have liked an ending that wrapped everything up nicely. If there was just one more chapter that explained what happened to everyone and families I would have been much happier.I received a free ARC of this book through a goodreads giveaway, but it does not affect my opinion in any way.
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  • PWRL
    January 1, 1970
    SM
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