When We Were Lost – Kevin Wignall | A Book Review

When We Were Lost - Kevin Wignall

Title: When We Were Lost

Author: Kevin Wignall

Genre: Adventure (Young Adult)

About the book: When a plane crashes and only nineteen teens survive, they must find a way to navigate the jungle and make it out alive.

I received an advanced review copy from Hachette Book Group in exchange for an honest review.

First impressions: I tend to enjoy survival stories, so I was intrigued by the premise. I like the title and cover. There’s a prologue, which I found interesting. The beginning wasn’t dragged out or too slow.

Characters: There are a lot of characters, but the novel focuses on certain individuals more than others. The protagonist, Tom, is a complex character who I could relate to. Despite the depth of most characters, I found it hard to visualize their physical appearance. Obviously, some aren’t as likeable as others, but the dynamic of the group felt realistic. There’s a bit of diversity, and I would’ve loved more.


“You lost someone you love and that never goes away.”

Writing: The chapters aren’t long, and they’re from Tom’s perspective but written in the third person. There isn’t much romance.

Final thoughts: The ending left me wanting more in a good way. It isn’t too unpredictable or shocking. Also, the epilogue ties back to the prologue, so the book comes full circle, and I’m a fan of that. It’s a standalone, but I feel like the aftermath of what the high schoolers went through could be another book in and of itself.

I would recommend When We Were Lost to those interested in stories about survival in the South American wilderness.

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Two Genres, Pick One, Some Explanation

Remember this? It’s back. Sort of.

I pit two genres against each other, I choose the one I prefer, and I offer a bit of an explanation. (Because I’m trying to be less lazy and more productive.)

Mystery vs. Fantasy

This is tough. Why did I start with this one? Sorry fantasy, mystery wins. Blame Baldacci.

Realistic Fiction vs. Science Fiction

I’ve always loved realistic fiction because I can understand what’s going on most of the time. Science fiction tends to go over my tiny head.

Horror vs. Thriller

I read King as a kid, so horror for sure.

Action vs. Adventure 

They are quite similar. I like action movies but adventure books. That’s fair, right? I’m not discriminating!

Magical Realism vs. Surrealism

I’ve encountered more magical realism than surrealism, which says a lot since I barely grasp the concept of surrealism.

Romance vs. Comedy

Love triangles will be the death of me. Any novel that can make me laugh out loud is a winner in my books.

Perhaps I’ll do this again with other genres in the distant future.

Let me know your answers. I’m curious. Create your own post or leave a comment down below. I’m not trying to tell you what to do. I promise.