What are the best books with trapped or stranded characters?

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    #1To Build a Fire

    To Build a Fire

    To Build a Fire by Jack London is a short story about a man who travels alone in a cold place in the North. This book was originally published in 1902 and is considered by some as one of the greatest adventures ever written.


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    Randy Garrett
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "A classic story about surviving tough conditions. I wouldn't list it as a standalone "book" but it's still a must-read for those interested in survival stories."
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    #2On the Island

    On the Island

    On the Island is written by Tracey Garvis-Graves. It tells the story of Anna Emerson, an English teacher who was sent into the Maldives to tutor T.J. Callahan. An unfortunate event leads both of the characters to get stranded on an island.


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    Kathy Smith
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Excellent fit for the criteria, and wonderful book! I love that it is an english teacher on the island, when books with this plot tend to be geared towards younger audiences, or atleast have a younger character as the main character. Great choice!"
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    #3Life of Pi

    Life of Pi
    Life of Pi is a Booker Prize-winning novel by Yann Martel. It tells the story of Pi Patel, who gets shipwrecked and ends up in a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker. Adrift in the ocean, they struggled to survive for 227 days.

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    Olivia Guerrero
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "Life of Pi is an absurd fantasy with a disappointing ending. The intriguing premise slowly dissolves into nonsense. Unsatisfying."
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    #4Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies

    Lord of the Flies is classic fiction written by William Golding published first in 1954 which is about a group of English schoolboys who survived a plane crash and got stranded on an uninhabited island.


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    José Antonio Espinosa
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "The Lord of the Flies has to be in the top 5 all time best books ever written I mean this is probably read in every high school across the United States because of how good it is."
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    #5Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.

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    Jacqueline Reed
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you haven't read this book before now, you really should add it to your reading experiences. I pick it up from time to time. Real accounts of history grab me every time, this one especially because it is told by a young girl dealing with the atrocities of the Nazis. I can't even imagine, except through the eyes of this young girl. Out of respect for Anne, I decided to write a recommendation for her book. I highly recommend it."
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    #6The Martian

    The Martian

    Mark Watney is one of the first humans to walk on Mars, but he's also the first person to die there, officially. After a terrible storm that nearly kills him and forces his crew to be evacuated, Mark, a world-wide known biologist, works hard to survive on the surface of the red planet. 


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    Amber Reynolds
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is classic, old-fashioned science fiction. I never felt the science was above my head. It was explained in a very blue collar manner without making the story lag. I never felt as if I was drowning in an info dump. It was very well written."
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    #7Into the Wild

    Into the Wild

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer is a non-fiction book about a young man named Christopher Johnson McCandless who left everything he had to start a new life. Months after, his body was found and his unforgettable death will be uncovered. This book was printed in 14 languages.


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    Pablo Mora
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The book Into the Wild is one of the best books i've read this year. Into the Wild explored themes of man versus nature and the role capitalism can play in limiting our freedom. The book takes the reader through a young man's desire to free himself from adult responsibilities, a toxic family, and a life he never desires. It is thus one of my favorite books and Christopher's story resonates strongly with how I felt after graduating college. "
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    #8Up Close and Dangerous

    Up Close and Dangerous

    Up Close and Dangerous is a contemporary romantic suspense novel written by Linda Howard. This mystery fiction book is first published in 2007 by Ballantine Books. 


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    Room is a novel written by Emma Donoghue which tells the story of a 5-year-old boy named Jack who gets to live in a room he considers the world. 


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    Lisa Bryant
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is one of the best books shedding light on a trapped main character. It delves into what it would be like to be trapped in a small space for an extended period of time and shows the trauma involved in recovering from such an experience. It is very well written and it a great book for anyone to read!"
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    #10Hatchet (Brian's Saga)

    Hatchet (Brian's Saga)

    Hatchet is the first book in Brian's Saga by written by Gary Paulsen which tells the tale of 13-year-old Brian Robeson who finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness after the plane he was riding on his way to visit his father crashes. 


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    Brenda Armstrong
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "My son checked this book out from the library and loved it so much he insisted I read it as well. I am so glad he did because this book is amazing. There is lots of adventure and it is almost impossible to put down. It is a great book for readers of all ages. "
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    #11Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

    Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors

    Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors is written by Piers Paul Read as a non-fiction adventure survival memoir on the survivors of the Andes' plane crash. This book is published in 1975 by Avon.


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    Roger Hudson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This book had me on the edge of my seat. I knew the person who wrote the memoir survived, but that did not stop me from trying to guess what would happen next. The vivid descriptions made me feel as if I was the one who was experienced a plane crash and it was almost terrifying. I finished the book in only 5 days due to how engaging it was."


Best What are the best books with trapped or stranded characters
1To Build a FireBooks 27 Paid
2On the IslandBooks 27 Paid
3Life of PiBooks 23 Paid
4Lord of the FliesBooks 22 Paid
5Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 20 Paid
6The MartianBooks 17 Paid
7Into the WildBooks 15 Paid
8Up Close and DangerousBooks 14 Paid
9RoomBooks 10 Paid
10Hatchet (Brian's Saga)Books 9 Paid

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