At what point did you realize that Ben and his wife weren't really separated? Was it when you first heard that there was a problem with the pregnancy? Was it when Ben recounted how he left for a run after his wife decided not to intervene with the pregnancy? I had a sinking suspicion that she was going to pass away as soon as I read about those problems. I was afraid to keep reading, because I didn't want Ben's story to go in that direction. Did you have a hard time reading to the end of the book after you realized his wife was going to pass away? Did you want to grab Ben's sleeve as he left her for the last time and force him to stay with his wife? I sure did.
Were you surprised that Ben and Ashley decided to leave the campground? I was a little surprised, but I understood why they had to do it. I don't think I would have been brave enough to leave that comfort, though. It would be hard to venture back into the wilderness.
I was pretty sure all along that Ben and Ashley were going to survive, but I didn't anticipate the dramatic ending to the story. And, I didn't really expect them to get together in the end. How did you feel about that? I'm still not sure if I really like them as a couple or not.
I'm also not sure if I believe that two ordinary people could survive all the things that Ben and Ashley did. If you want to get an expert's opinion about their survival, check out this article from Outside, in which a survival expert critiques their techniques. Also, check out this article for some real survival stories that are almost as interesting as The Mountain Between Us.
I hope you'll leave all of your thoughts about the ending of the book in the comments section. I can't wait to hear what you thought. I hope you enjoyed this book and will join us again next month as we read The Maze Runner by James Dashner. I'll talk to you in the comments!