This section had some surprising parts, didn't it? Could you believe that they were able to leave the site of the crash and miraculously stumble on an abandoned camp ground? When they saw the camp in the distance, I first thought that they were having a shared mirage. It just seemed so unlikely that they would be able to find something so wonderful in such a harsh environment.
If you're curious about the area the two camped in, check out this website for Ashley National Forest. It looks like a beautiful area, but I know I wouldn't want to be stuck there during the winter!
How are you feeling about Ben and the fact that he just happens to know a solution to every problem? Do you feel like this is believable, or do you think that he is almost too fantastic? Do you think many people have these kinds of skills to survive in harsh conditions?
One of the scariest parts of this section was when Ben fell in the frozen lake. Didn't your heart drop when that happened? In the movie version, Alex, played by Kate Winslet, is the one to fall in the icy water. Kate Winslet talked about her experience filming that scene on The Tonight Show. If you're interested to hear her take, check out the video clip below.
What do you think of Ben and his recordings to his wife? When do you think we're going to find out the reason Ben and his wife are fighting? Do you have any guesses about the reason for their tension? How do you think their story will end?
What about Ben and Ashley? What do you think will happen to them? Do you think they will leave the campground? What would you do?
I hope you'll be able to finish the book and will be ready to talk about the ending next week! I can't wait to hear your thoughts and impressions in the comments section.