I read The Lifeboat Clique in just a couple of hours back in August. I wanted a quick read, and it was sitting there staring at me so I picked it up. I got exactly what I was expecting: a fast read without much emotional connection.
The plot of The Lifeboat Clique is what initially drew me in. There is an earthquake off the coast of California, which results in a tsunami, which results in a teenagers’ house party being ruined and several of them being killed or dragged out to sea. Our main character, Denver, is an outcast and is stuck on a lifeboat with a bunch of mean girls.
I really enjoyed the narrative of this book. The satirical and dark humour was amusing, and it kept me going even though I felt little-to-no connection with Denver at all. It reminded me a bit of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, but less over the top and just all round better.
I was thoroughly enjoying the story until a scene towards the end, in which the main character eats raw eggs to stay alive. Raw, fertlised eggs, since they didn’t have access to chickens or a farmyard. It was a stupid plot point, and it feels stupid to get caught up on it, but it pulled me out of the story. a) the eggs were FERTILISED, and b) are they not worried about food poisoning, which could result in sickness, and thus dehydration, and thus DEATH?
But anyway, The Lifeboat Clique was fairly enjoyable, to a point. I wouldn’t go crazy for it, though.