The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone

By Kristin Hannah

  • Release Date: 2018-02-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 1,812 Ratings

Description

In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

#1 New York Times Instant Bestseller (February 2018)
A People “Book of the Week”
Buzzfeed’s “Most Anticipated Women’s Fiction Reads of 2018”
Seattle Times’s “Books to Look Forward to in 2018”

Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.

In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.

Reviews

  • Wonderful!

    5
    By Jaelyn5
    I’ve never left a review for a book before but I almost didn’t buy this book because the one review I saw was that it’s the worst book Kristin Hannah has ever wrote. There were so many highs and lows in this book. So many amazing turns that you didn’t see coming. I’ve never cried so hard from reading a book, after falling in love with the character! But the book. It’s great!
  • Very Slow

    1
    By Kawilliams57
    We are 8 hours into listening to this book and nothing of interest has happened yet. Giving up!
  • The Great Alone

    5
    By Connor Allen Drums
    What a wonderful book. You will get hooked with the first sentence and not be able to put it down!!! Loved and hated the characters, and want to go live in Alaska!!! You know an author is great when you can't stop thinking about the book when you have to put it down, and can't wait to get back to it !!! Love, hate, tears, joy, forgiveness, anger, resentment, just a few of the feelings this story will invoke in you! A must read!!!!!
  • The Great Alone

    4
    By -/$vt
    It kept me reading. There was a lot I didn’t like & I almost stopped. I did like the ending.
  • The Great Alone

    2
    By JJ MAR
    Had to force myself to read this contrived and obvious novel. Basic writing skills and characters that are made up to propel a story that seems as if it was written by a high school student left me flat. I just didn’t care. No real depth. Was it written in two weeks? Dull.
  • Tough subject

    4
    By $$Fash
    This is a love story depicting good love relationships and destructive ones. It is a frustrating, hard to read book at times. There are some “feel good” romantic moments but many more gritty, tough, hard to accept ones.
  • Interesting, adventurous, gut wrenching

    5
    By kodair
    It takes a little while to get deep into the action but once it does it will have you hooked. Interesting perspective about life in Alaska and living through the cold and dark winters. Love that it’s from a teenage girl perspective.
  • The Great Alone

    5
    By leelindig
    I read Thor, Silva, Baldacci, Childs, Van Lustbaden, Taylor, Iles, C.Hahhah, Phillips, Baldwin- this was by far the one novel that really touched my heart and made me cry. It was so well written. I almost gave up at the beginning with all the “ wife beatings”, but I stuck with it and was rewarded in the end. Lee
  • Wow

    5
    By ms_sea
    The author took great pains to develop characters that have true depth! Great read
  • The Great Alone

    5
    By cat bridges
    This was the best book I have read in a long time. The depth of the characters and the descriptions of the area were both heartwarming and gut wrenching. A wonderful read.