• Ski Weekend

  • A Novel
  • By: Rektok Ross
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • 4.0 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

2021 Firebird Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction

2021 Readers' Favorite Book Awards Bronze Medal in Young Adult - Thriller

2021 American Fiction Awards Finalist in Young Adult

Six teens, one dog, a ski trip gone wrong

Sam is dreading senior ski weekend and having to watch after her brother and his best friend, Gavin, to make sure they don’t do anything stupid. Again. Gavin may be gorgeous, but he and Sam have never gotten along. Now they’re crammed into an SUV with three other classmates and Gavin’s dog, heading on a road trip that can’t go by fast enough.

Then their SUV crashes into a snowbank, and Sam and her friends find themselves stranded in the mountains with cell phone coverage long gone and temperatures dropping. When the group gets sick of waiting for rescue, they venture outside to find help - only to have a wilderness accident leave Sam’s brother with a smashed leg and, soon, a raging fever. While the hours turn to days, Sam’s brother gets sicker and sicker, and their food and supplies dwindle until there isn’t enough for everyone. As the winter elements begin to claim members of the group one by one, Sam vows to keep her brother alive.

No matter what.

Filled with twists, secrets, and life-changing moments, Ski Weekend is a snow-packed survival thriller featuring a diverse cast of teens that will appeal to fans of One of Us Is Lying and I Am Still Alive.

©2021 Rektok Ross (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

Critic Reviews

“Ross offers YA readers genuinely diverse characters, each of whom continues to grow throughout the narrative....Brace for impact readers, this YA thriller holds little back.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This is a suspenseful book that had me thoroughly hooked from page one...The emotional journey of Ski Weekend is relentless...” (Readers’ Favorite, five-star review)

"A nail-biter with some surprising moments. Recommended for high school and YA collections.” (School Library Journal)

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Enjoyable YA Thriller

I saw this advertised as a horror novel and while the scenario the plot is based on is scary, I would classify this more as a YA Thriller. It was an enjoyable performance and I enjoyed the story as well. It reminded me a little of some of the old Christopher Pike novels where some religious aspect is present but not so overbearing as to be classified as a religious novel in my opinion. General hope and faith are brought up a few times which to me was fine, especially considering the scenario of the story. Character development was ok, although I wish there had been a little more depth to each character from somewhere other than the mc's perspective. Overall, a very enjoyable story.

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Survivor

This was not a thriller, it was a teenager’s story of how to survive when nobody has ever taught them basic survival skills.
These were kids from affluent families and high achieving schools and if these 17yos are even remotely accurate of today’s world, we are going to be in a much greater crisis in the world than ever before.
My 6yo has more wisdom than these kids. Wow I would pass on this one.