The Unfortunates
When seventeen-year-old senator's son Grant Tavish is involved in a fatal accident, all he wants to do is face the consequences of what he's done, but the consequences never come, even if headlines of "affluenza" do. The truth soon becomes clear: Due to his father's connections, not only will Grant not be held accountable for his actions, he's going to get away with murder.When a long Tavish tradition approaches, a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail, Grant seizes the opportunity to take justice into his own hands by staging an accident and never coming back. But before he has a chance to enact his plans, the cave system collapses, trapping him miles beneath the surface with four other teens from much less fortunate circumstances. As they struggle to survive, they share their innermost secrets and fears, and just when it seems they might be on track to finding a way out, they realize there's something else down there.And it's hunting them.

The Unfortunates Details

TitleThe Unfortunates
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 10th, 2018
PublisherTor Teen
ISBN-139780765381002
Rating
GenreHorror, Young Adult

The Unfortunates Review

  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    January 1, 1970
    This was not exactly what I though it would be but it was a quick read.--------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**I am a reader that can be (and usually is) drawn to a book by the cover alone. Just take this book for example: it screams something deadly happened and there has to be a delicious story behind it. Well, sadly, the cover does not match th This was not exactly what I though it would be but it was a quick read.--------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...**I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.**I am a reader that can be (and usually is) drawn to a book by the cover alone. Just take this book for example: it screams something deadly happened and there has to be a delicious story behind it. Well, sadly, the cover does not match the story between the covers.Short recap: Grant Tavish the Fifth has never wanted for anything. The son of a popular politician and that also means he is constantly in the spotlight. Something terrible happened at the hands of Grant that cost the lives of innocent people but Grant is getting off with merely a slap on the wrist. This is driving Grant crazy as he feels he should be held responsible for what happened. Grant has decided that during his upcoming “right of passage” solo survival camping trip, he is going to end his life and end the burden he has put on his family. Once finally on his trip, nothing goes the way it should. Events take place that force Grant to take a deep, hard look at himself and what he wants out of life. Will Grant find his will to live and do what is right or will he give into his depression?I want to first state that this is a short read. The book itself is just over 200 pages and I was able to finish very quickly. Why do I point out that it’s a quick read? Because it didn’t feel like enough time to properly develop characters or a solid plot. It was a page turner, no doubt about that, but I found myself going through the motion of page turning because I felt I already knew what was going to happen. Maybe that’s just my experienced reader side kicking in. It takes a lot to make me clutch my pearls nowadays and sadly this book did not do that for me. I predicted the ending very early on. Now, please don’t think that is me telling you not to read this book. That isn’t the case at all! I can see and do see how a lot of readers will devour this book and love the story. Remember how I always say that not ever book is for ever reader? This is what I mean. I did enjoy it, yes, but it did not blow my hair back the way I had hoped.That being said, I mentioned character development. Grant’s character arc felt rather rushed, but that could be because of the shortness of the book. Plus Grant gets stuck in a cave and he (nor the reader) have any idea how much time has passed. It makes it difficult to get a good gauge on his actual arc. Regardless, I found myself feeling bad for Grant. He did ask to be born into a life that had rules, regulations, and responsibilities but he was trying to figure it out the best way he could. His home life was FUBAR in the worst way possible. Those people needed professional help. It felt like there were so many topics that could have been explored but were brushed over. Personally, I wanted to know more about that baby room. EEK. (Read the book and you’ll know EXACTLY what I am talking about. I wanted more about that!)Overall I did enjoy this story but knew the ending almost from the start. The title alone gives me pause because it really does not fit the book, nor does the cover. In a metaphorical way I can see why the cover would fit but I had to dig deep to put those two together. No matter what, I think a lot of people would enjoy this and I hope everyone gives it a shot.
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  • Kelly Hager
    January 1, 1970
    I am not a fan of nature and I'm very claustrophobic. I'm also not huge on heights and being in the dark in unfamiliar places. I mention that to say that The Unfortunates is basically every nightmare I have in one 220 page piece of absolute Kelly-hell. Obviously I loved it.(When I wasn't completely freaking out and being terrified for Grant and the four teens he's stuck in the cave with. Because guys, I didn't know what was happening but I knew that I wanted no part of it and that I wanted all o I am not a fan of nature and I'm very claustrophobic. I'm also not huge on heights and being in the dark in unfamiliar places. I mention that to say that The Unfortunates is basically every nightmare I have in one 220 page piece of absolute Kelly-hell. Obviously I loved it.(When I wasn't completely freaking out and being terrified for Grant and the four teens he's stuck in the cave with. Because guys, I didn't know what was happening but I knew that I wanted no part of it and that I wanted all of them to survive.)If every horror novel could be as intense as this one, I'd be a really happy Kelly. Highly recommended.
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  • Beth
    January 1, 1970
    A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book! I am a big fan of hers!!!I really enjoyed this book! Let's start with the cover. How cool is that cover? Of course I was going to read the book because it was by Kim Liggett, but even if it wasn't, the cover would have sold it for me! It was a very quick read, but that was probably because I could not put it down. It kept me guessing and in suspense the entire time. I know the teens at my library are going to devour this bo A huge thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book! I am a big fan of hers!!!I really enjoyed this book! Let's start with the cover. How cool is that cover? Of course I was going to read the book because it was by Kim Liggett, but even if it wasn't, the cover would have sold it for me! It was a very quick read, but that was probably because I could not put it down. It kept me guessing and in suspense the entire time. I know the teens at my library are going to devour this book!
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  • Angelica
    January 1, 1970
    So first I want to say, the cover totally did not go with what this book was about.. When it said for fans of Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars, I was expecting something completely different. I was actually really let down by this book. I could have seen this going in a different direction and being a lot better. It also didn't help that I figured out what was going on half way through the story. It was an okay story and a super fast read.
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  • Lydia Timpson
    January 1, 1970
    Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and feels everyone is ignoring what happened in favour of letting him off scott-free because of who his father is.It's obvious that his conscience is bothering him and he struggles with how his friend and family just gloss over everything.He decides that, if the public opinion won't judge him then he'll take matters into his own hands.He tells his family that he is completing an old family tradition and completing a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail. Wh Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and feels everyone is ignoring what happened in favour of letting him off scott-free because of who his father is.It's obvious that his conscience is bothering him and he struggles with how his friend and family just gloss over everything.He decides that, if the public opinion won't judge him then he'll take matters into his own hands.He tells his family that he is completing an old family tradition and completing a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail. What he doesn’t tell them is that he has no intention of returning alive.Grant ignores a warning sign and heads into the cave system which immediately collapses on him, burying him. He is found by a group of teenagers and has to take the lead in getting them out. But there are things in the dark that have other ideas.The second Grant starts going down, the cave system collapses, and he is trapped with a group of other teens who found him dangling on his rope. As Grant and the others do what they need to do to get out, they face challenge after challenge and have to work to find the surface. Unfortunately, not everything goes as planned.I found myself both feeling sorry for Grant and acknowledging that he was at fault. Despite his guilt he still seemed smothered in privilege and I didn't feel that he totally understood what the culmination of his actions would be.The author did a wonderful job in expressing Grant's struggle and the twists and turns and various challenges that he had to face were masterfully done.The final 'twist' was nicely executed if a little cliché. Overall I enjoyed it and would recommend it.The only odd thing is the title. It really doesn't fit the book at all.Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review
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  • Erin Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    The Unfortunates is the new YA horror story by Kim Liggett and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, you should definitely fix that!  I loved Blood and Salt by her so when I heard about this book, and then saw it at ALA, I grabbed it.Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and after being involved in a fatal accident, he really just wants to face the consequences he believes he deserves.  Unfortunately for him, because of who his father is, he won’t have to face anything, and he is going to get The Unfortunates is the new YA horror story by Kim Liggett and if you haven’t read any of her books yet, you should definitely fix that!  I loved Blood and Salt by her so when I heard about this book, and then saw it at ALA, I grabbed it.Grant Tavish is the son of a senator and after being involved in a fatal accident, he really just wants to face the consequences he believes he deserves.  Unfortunately for him, because of who his father is, he won’t have to face anything, and he is going to get away with no repercussions.It is clear that Grant is struggling with what happened and how his friends and family just gloss over what he did, and he makes a decision to take care of his punishment himself.  Following a family tradition, Grant decides to tell his parents he is going to follow in his father’s footsteps and complete a cave excursion on the Appalachian trail.  What he doesn’t tell them is that he is never coming back.The second Grant starts going down, the cave system collapses, and he is trapped with a group of other teens who found him dangling on his rope.  As Grant and the others do what they need to do to get out, they face challenge after challenge and have to work to find the surface. Unfortunately, not everything goes as planned.There isn’t a lot I can tell you about the actual story as I don’t want to give anything away.  What I can say is that I enjoyed this story.  It had an unexpected ending (well until I got closer to the end) and Liggett brought this story together in a way that kept me guessing on who was really going to make it.  Also, can we talk about that cover for a second - It is pretty fantastic!I also thought Liggett did a great job of sharing Grant’s feelings about the accident and his role in it.  His distaste for the way his friends just avoid the topic and the fact that his father is just glossing over what happened was clear.  Grant really just wanted someone to hold him accountable and no one in his life was really doing that which in turn, made him feel even worse about what happened and the situation he is in.Overall, I enjoyed this book.  It was a pretty quick read and had a great story.  If you are looking for something that will keep you guessing around what is really going on, definitely check this one out.  I will be looking forward to whatever is next from Liggett, that’s for sure!Thank you to the publisher for the review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Brin Murray
    January 1, 1970
    I can imagine that teens with a penchant for horror would enjoy this story: five teens trapped down a cave system, in the dark, where hostile unseen monsters or something lives… It’s gruesome enough for the bloodthirstiest ghoul or even young adult. Plus there are some real life dilemmas/issues thrown in, in the shape of our hero Grant Tavish who is a senator’s son and wrestling with guilt. He was the irresponsible cause of a fatal accident, and his affluent family and friends have just brushed I can imagine that teens with a penchant for horror would enjoy this story: five teens trapped down a cave system, in the dark, where hostile unseen monsters or something lives… It’s gruesome enough for the bloodthirstiest ghoul or even young adult. Plus there are some real life dilemmas/issues thrown in, in the shape of our hero Grant Tavish who is a senator’s son and wrestling with guilt. He was the irresponsible cause of a fatal accident, and his affluent family and friends have just brushed over it, as if nothing ever happened and the poor kids who died don’t matter.There is a twist at the end which I didn’t see coming, though I probably should have and am sure many others will. But the twist is crucial to the plot in every sense, morally as well as in terms of narrative resolution. It provides the impetus and understanding Grant needs, and all sorts of good messages: taking responsibility for your actions, showing true compassion and empathy, admitting guilt and taking consequences, questioning the different value society puts upon peoples’ lives. When I read it I whipped through the story and thought it was quite lightweight but okay. I’m writing this review several weeks and many books later, and can still remember the story clearly. Which means, it had more impact than I thought.
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  • Kate (Beyond Bookish)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Tor Teen and Netgalley for a free review copy! All opinions are my own.4-4.25 stars. This is a story that was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was quite good! I originally requested this for review (via Netgalley) because I thought it would be a title that my students would love! the cover while kind of gross is incredible and would really capture their attention (especially the reluctant readers of the bunch) but the pacing, characters and suspense really kept me turning t Thank you to Tor Teen and Netgalley for a free review copy! All opinions are my own.4-4.25 stars. This is a story that was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it was quite good! I originally requested this for review (via Netgalley) because I thought it would be a title that my students would love! the cover while kind of gross is incredible and would really capture their attention (especially the reluctant readers of the bunch) but the pacing, characters and suspense really kept me turning the page!I highly recommend this if you in the mood for a short, quick YA suspense for yourself or the teen in your life. I'm definitely purchasing a copy come fall!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    The book was provided to me free of charge. I am giving my review voluntarily.Kim Liggett chose the absolute best setting for this book. Nothing is more terrifying than the thought of being buried alive, and, in my opinion, being lost in a cave is a very close second. The author kept the adrenaline amped from the moment Grant dropped into the cave until the very end. There is a nice, but pretty predictable, twist at the end. My only major complaint about the book is the title. "The Unfortunates" The book was provided to me free of charge. I am giving my review voluntarily.Kim Liggett chose the absolute best setting for this book. Nothing is more terrifying than the thought of being buried alive, and, in my opinion, being lost in a cave is a very close second. The author kept the adrenaline amped from the moment Grant dropped into the cave until the very end. There is a nice, but pretty predictable, twist at the end. My only major complaint about the book is the title. "The Unfortunates" doesn't really fit with the vibe of the story, and feels like it might have been a last minute choice, because the author couldn't come up with anything else.
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Grant Franklin Tavish the fifth is the privileged son of a senator. After the accident, Grant was bailed out of jail and didn't have to pay the consequences. However, he lives in guilt of what happened that day in December. Money can't buy everything and Grant conscience gets the best of him.When Grant decides to embark on a Tavish tradition where the males go on a caving expedition solely, things go array. Grant lives in guilt and was about to end is life until he hears another voice. He ends u Grant Franklin Tavish the fifth is the privileged son of a senator. After the accident, Grant was bailed out of jail and didn't have to pay the consequences. However, he lives in guilt of what happened that day in December. Money can't buy everything and Grant conscience gets the best of him.When Grant decides to embark on a Tavish tradition where the males go on a caving expedition solely, things go array. Grant lives in guilt and was about to end is life until he hears another voice. He ends up being saved by four other teenagers that attend the local high school. Kit, Deryll, Shy and Maria become very good friends with Grant. While the five try to find their way out of the cave, a monster is on the lose killing each teenager one by one.I appreciate how Kim Liggett writes about each teenager with distinction. It is easy to follow who is who and each character has their own backstory and personality. I feel drawn to know more about the characters. Grant seems to be at ease when he befriends the four students. He even lets his guard down around him. Only one character in the book guessed correctly about what the monster is but unfortunately loses their life.That twist at the end is perfect. There are hints of what the ending was going to be throughout the novel but the reader has to make sure to read each line carefully. Although short in length, The Unfortunates is a gripping thriller that keeps you on the edge of the seat wanting to know what is going to happen and if the five will make it out alive.
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  • Andrienne
    January 1, 1970
    Awesome read. The main character was interesting to follow. Gruesome but well-executed. One of those books that you want to go back to the beginning and read again. Best not to think about what this book is similar to (another reviewer mentioned Riverdale and Pretty Little Liars) and just focus on the main character. Thanks to the publisher for access to the review copy.
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  • Lynda
    January 1, 1970
    great quick read. a little boring during the middle (come on, do something) but picked up and held my interest. i even had to stay up late and finish reading the last 100 pages. this book had a great surprise twist ending that i never saw coming.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked the twist and the supernatural feel. Probably not a good idea to read a book about kids trapped in a cave when the news was all about those little soccer team trapped...
  • Kristin
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! Loved this super quick tale. Full rtc...
  • Nannette Demmler
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by Macmillan-Tor/Forge via Netgalley for an honest review.This book was not entirely what I was expecting from the cover. I am very guilty of choosing to read it based on the cover. I think I read the summary when I first looked at, but by the time I read it I had forgotten what it was about. I was thinking it was going to be more of a murder mystery rather than a survival tale. That is certainly what the cover suggested to me anyways. But that said, it was still a really good story ARC provided by Macmillan-Tor/Forge via Netgalley for an honest review.This book was not entirely what I was expecting from the cover. I am very guilty of choosing to read it based on the cover. I think I read the summary when I first looked at, but by the time I read it I had forgotten what it was about. I was thinking it was going to be more of a murder mystery rather than a survival tale. That is certainly what the cover suggested to me anyways. But that said, it was still a really good story that was hard to put down.Grant was a hard character to like. He is very privileged, and although he is not entirely comfortable with that, he doesn’t do anything about it really. His interactions with his friends at the start of the book are uncomfortable because he thinks everyone is judging him for what he did. But it is a short book, so it isn’t long before he has headed out to do this family tradition of walking through a cave alone. Kind of a weird tradition if you ask me, but just go with it. Things go wrong from the start, but Grant does step up and try to help the kids who are trapped with him. I don’t want to say much more so as not to give things away, but there is a slight twist to what is really going on, that although I figured out what it was, was still a bit of a shocker when I did.I really liked this short, kind of scary read. It speaks to how your conscience can make you think things that are not really true. I would have liked a little bit more of what happened after Grant gets out of the cave, but other than that a really good solid story. https://elnadesbookchat.com/
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  • Emily Butler
    January 1, 1970
    Review in School Library Journal...
  • Myron Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Grant Franklin Tavish V got a slap on the wrist for causing a fatal car accident. He goes spelunking intending to die but when he is trapped with four teens from a nearby public school he tries to help them get out but something is after them. It takes awhile for this title to get going. The first several chapters reads more like a realistic fiction title where Grant ruminates about his guilt for the accident he caused. Based on these first few chapters readers would expect a fairly grounded sto Grant Franklin Tavish V got a slap on the wrist for causing a fatal car accident. He goes spelunking intending to die but when he is trapped with four teens from a nearby public school he tries to help them get out but something is after them. It takes awhile for this title to get going. The first several chapters reads more like a realistic fiction title where Grant ruminates about his guilt for the accident he caused. Based on these first few chapters readers would expect a fairly grounded story about guilt and how class affects the type of punishment could receive from the justice system. Even after Grant gets trapped in the cave and meets the other four teens, the book still feels very realistic. It is only a few chapters after they get trapped in the cave does this book starts to feel like something scary is going on. Once the "something is after them" storyline kicks in things get tense. The problem is there are way too few chapters devoted to the horror aspect on the book and that's the strongest aspect of the book. Everything else does not work as well. The characters are stock types and while exploring the aftermath of a fatal car accident from the point of view of the perpetrator is an intriguing premise, it quickly becomes clear that's not what this book is about. Liggett would have been more effective if she got Grant to the cave more quickly. The beginning of the book gives readers the expectation that this would be realistic fiction thus those readers may be disappointed when it takes a turn towards horror. However because of this readers who prefer horror may be disappointed that it takes awhile before getting to the scares. For such a short book it should not take so long for it to get started.
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Grant Tavish is the privileged son of a US senator who, due to a fatal car accident, is dealing with a heavy conscience. While Grant is a fault for the accident, due to his father's connections and money, he will only get a slap on the wrist. Grant believes he deserves much worse, even death, so when a chance comes for Grant to disappear, he takes it. But what he doesn't expect for his plan to go horribly wrong and to take four other teens with him.With the book cover and the description, I was Grant Tavish is the privileged son of a US senator who, due to a fatal car accident, is dealing with a heavy conscience. While Grant is a fault for the accident, due to his father's connections and money, he will only get a slap on the wrist. Grant believes he deserves much worse, even death, so when a chance comes for Grant to disappear, he takes it. But what he doesn't expect for his plan to go horribly wrong and to take four other teens with him.With the book cover and the description, I was expecting something a little more "Pretty Little Liar"-ish, not so much "Lost"-ish, but the book was a good read nonetheless. It was a quick read (less than 250 pages) and the story was fast paced. The plot lagged a bit here and there, but not enough to slow down the story. The ending wasn't too predictable but as I got to the last few chapters, I was able guess how it was going to end. Good book that I would recommend to anyone looking for a quick read with a bit of mystery.
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    I am the most claustrophobic person ever and can't stop worrying about those poor kids in Thailand trapped in the cave. Not sure I can handle this on top of that....
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