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 6,151 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

  • This book will repeatedly take you apart & put you back together again ...

    5
    By PelicanFreak
    Literally my life: “For as long as I can remember, books have been my safe place.” It’s hard to not like a book that has that to say, or a fictional young adult with that sort of wisdom. Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.” That quote is definitely befitting of this story. There’s no way I could find the words to do this reading experience justice so I’ll just say it packs real feels … all of them. Those of family love, friendship, loyalty, romantic love, complete and utter heartbreak and repeated satisfaction. This is one of those reads where the characters can be so frustrating … but I found their end results extremely satisfying. Very well played and I love how complete this tale is, it did not leave me wanting more. Would love to see this made into a movie or mini-series. 5 stars. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Note: I listened to the audiobook; 5-star performance.
  • One of the best books I’ve read

    5
    By Dunnygun
    I loved this book. I had a very clear picture of every character. This book made me love and fear the wildness of Alaska.
  • Beautiful story!

    5
    By Kiki088
    An amazing story about strength, courage and love! One of my favorite books of all times!
  • Read better

    2
    By tinbucktwo
    Certainly not as good as her latter works. Three quarters through it and I gave up on it.
  • Awesome!

    5
    By TRDiiii
    Loved it! Felt like I was on my own adventure in Alaska!
  • Fantastic

    5
    By KenKenKay
    The storyline is heartbreaking and riveting. Loved every word of this book. Bonds of a mother and daughter are priceless.
  • Finally Read it! Why did I wait? A must read!

    5
    By Shannie 78
    There are no words to put how this book changed me as a person. This is the third Kristin Hannah book I have read. I have loved all 3, but The Great Alone had me closing the book as a different person. Or at least changed how I viewed things.
  • Cried for these people

    5
    By Zaqw987
    Best book I’ve read in a long time. I’ll read More by this author!
  • Great Alone

    5
    By YayaNetski
    Loved it. Great setting, plot and characters.
  • Great read!

    5
    By Dmichi
    Loved this one! Took me a minute to get into but once I did I had a hard time putting down.