When Maddie was younger, her dad worked in the secret service and she was best friends with Logan, the president’s son. But after a dramatic turn of events, Maddie’s dad relocated them to Alaska. Six years later, Logan shows up in Alaska and he brings the danger with him. Now it’s up to Maddie to save Logan as her survival skills are put to the test.
Thank you to BKMRK for providing an advance reading copy of this book which I won in a competition.
Not If I Save You First is my first introduction to Ally Carter and it’s a light-hearted YA read. Most of the story takes place in a remote part of Alaska and, as you’d expect, the setting is bleak and isolated. Ally Carter researched Alaska well, although I would have preferred learning more about Maddie and Logan’s respective characters.
I like that Maddie is a girly girl. She uses it to her advantage because most people assume that she’s dumb, when in actual fact she’s become a survival expert. Alaska has taught Maddie to be a resilient character who never gives up.
The other main character is Logan. He shares some similarities with Maddie in that they’re both stubborn and he is smarter than he appears. Logan is also protective of Maddie which I found sweet.
There are a number of twists and turns which I wasn’t expecting, and the pace picks up during the last quarter of the book. Parts of the plot are far-fetched, but I think it’s enjoyable as long as you don’t take it too seriously.
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐