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Teens compete to survive in the wilderness for one million dollars on a new virtual reality show. When something goes horribly wrong and the contestants realize no one is coming to save them, they must question their very reality—and how much of the game is really for show. Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show Teens compete to survive in the wilderness for one million dollars on a new virtual reality show. When something goes horribly wrong and the contestants realize no one is coming to save them, they must question their very reality—and how much of the game is really for show. Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show CUT/OFF that places a group of teenagers alone in the wilderness. It’s a simple premise: whoever lasts the longest without “tapping out” wins a cash prize. Not only that, new software creates a totally unprecedented television experience, allowing viewers to touch, see, and live everything along with the contestants. But what happens when “tapping out” doesn’t work and no one comes to save you? What happens when the whole world seemingly disappears while you’re stranded in the wild? Four teenagers must confront their greatest fears, their deepest secrets, and one another when they discover they are truly cut off from reality.


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Teens compete to survive in the wilderness for one million dollars on a new virtual reality show. When something goes horribly wrong and the contestants realize no one is coming to save them, they must question their very reality—and how much of the game is really for show. Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show Teens compete to survive in the wilderness for one million dollars on a new virtual reality show. When something goes horribly wrong and the contestants realize no one is coming to save them, they must question their very reality—and how much of the game is really for show. Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show CUT/OFF that places a group of teenagers alone in the wilderness. It’s a simple premise: whoever lasts the longest without “tapping out” wins a cash prize. Not only that, new software creates a totally unprecedented television experience, allowing viewers to touch, see, and live everything along with the contestants. But what happens when “tapping out” doesn’t work and no one comes to save you? What happens when the whole world seemingly disappears while you’re stranded in the wild? Four teenagers must confront their greatest fears, their deepest secrets, and one another when they discover they are truly cut off from reality.

30 review for Cut Off

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Wilson

    Solid YA Horror/Sci-Fi mash up!  The synopsis describes it as Warcross meets Lost. Having not read Warcross as of the time of this review I cannot say. I can however, say it definitely is Dead Spots (a horror novel by Rhiannon Frater about people's greatest fears) meets Lost. The story is about a group of young adults filming a wilderness survival reality TV show.  The contestant who can last in the wilderness the longest wins. Once contestants are narrowed down to the last few remaining the game Solid YA Horror/Sci-Fi mash up!  The synopsis describes it as Warcross meets Lost. Having not read Warcross as of the time of this review I cannot say. I can however, say it definitely is Dead Spots (a horror novel by Rhiannon Frater about people's greatest fears) meets Lost. The story is about a group of young adults filming a wilderness survival reality TV show.  The contestant who can last in the wilderness the longest wins. Once contestants are narrowed down to the last few remaining the game seems to take a drastic turn. Whenever a player decides to quit the game or becomes injured they have a GPS beacon they activate so they can be found by the show and taken to shelter and safety. Most alarming, the final contestants find out that the GPS beacons do not work. It appears no one is coming for them, all alone in the wilderness. Almost as if they are the only ones left in the world. They will all struggle and fight for their lives before they find out the truth. This was a well thought out and intelligent story. The beginning starts off nicely as we get to know the characters. There is a slow down for me in the second half of the first section (three sections in total). I was worried it wouldn't pick up. However, things finally started going somewhere in the second section. Then they really start to blow you away. Like, "Woah, where the heck did that come from, it scared me but I dig it!" The author did a great job of putting together a complete story. This book includes complicated material from a scientific level, it would be easy to get distracted and let the completion of the story get away from you. While I wish the character development had gone deeper in respect to the relationships they developed with each other. I think for a YA this is certainly done well enough. Overall an engaging read that is also very thought provoking! *Thank you to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt via Edelweiss+ for providing me with a digital review copy!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger

    I love books and movies about people trapped in places and they have to work out why they're there, and how to get out, like in Lost. Initially after reading the blurb I thought this was going to be too much like The Hunger Games, but I quickly realised that this is nothing like The Hunger Games at all. I liked the characters in the book, and keeping it to 4 meant that I didn't get confused - but I did feel that one or two more to kill off through the story would have fleshed the book out better I love books and movies about people trapped in places and they have to work out why they're there, and how to get out, like in Lost. Initially after reading the blurb I thought this was going to be too much like The Hunger Games, but I quickly realised that this is nothing like The Hunger Games at all. I liked the characters in the book, and keeping it to 4 meant that I didn't get confused - but I did feel that one or two more to kill off through the story would have fleshed the book out better and added more danger, but when it comes to murder in stories I am a psychopath. I wasn't a huge fan of the romance. It wasn't ridiculously piled on like insta-love tends to be, but it was in the insta-love category and got a bit tedious in places. Luckily the characters did focus more on their environment, how to get from A to B and survive the dangers lurking around every corner, which kept it realistic. I didn't guess the ending, which would have been a difficult one to guess. My theory mirrored what Trip, the story's resident tech geek, thought was going on. I liked the fear element of the story, which was used well, although even more terrifying scenarios would have been awesome. Like I said, psychopath. Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It's a fast paced survival story of what happens when you're stranded on a deserted island and realise that no-one is coming to help you. The characters survive very well using their trained skills and wit, moving the story on to a conclusion I never could have guessed.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    I was fascinated by the premise of Cut Off – a bunch of teens are on a reality show where they are put in the wilderness with only basic supplies and drones following their every move. The last one left wins. It sounded Hunger Games-esque with a virtual reality spin. Viewers can virtually immerse themselves in the experience and see, smell, feel everything attached to one of the contestants. One day, the last four contestants realize that they have lost all contact with the outside world. They ar I was fascinated by the premise of Cut Off – a bunch of teens are on a reality show where they are put in the wilderness with only basic supplies and drones following their every move. The last one left wins. It sounded Hunger Games-esque with a virtual reality spin. Viewers can virtually immerse themselves in the experience and see, smell, feel everything attached to one of the contestants. One day, the last four contestants realize that they have lost all contact with the outside world. They are completely cut off from outside civilization, and no one is coming to help. Is it part of the show, or has something gone terribly wrong? This is what River, Cam, Liza, and Trip must figure out for the first half of the story. However, after several frightening experiences, the foursome realizes that something much more dangerous and unusual is going on. This is an interesting read that went in a totally different direction than I expected. I found that refreshing. What started as a wilderness survival show used to exploit the vulnerabilities of teenagers for the sake of entertainment became an examination of different realities. The well-developed and dynamic characters show tremendous growth throughout the novel. Each comes into the story with emotional baggage and fears that contribute to the plot. River suffered tremendous loss, which affected his life dramatically. He is thoughtful, solitary and fair, constantly trying to take care of and save others. Cam experienced terrible instances of domestic violence, which has shattered her trust in others. She is independent, strong, and determined. Trip feels rejected by those he loves most. He is smart, edgy, and craves attention. Liza has secrets that she doesn’t want the other to know. She is dodgy and brave. As the foursome get to know and help each other, they realize that they are not so different than they initially thought and that they make a really good team. Though I said at the beginning of the review that the story initially reminded me of The Hunger Games, by the end it reminded me more of The Matrix or Inception. There are so many twists and turns, that it is sometimes hard to follow, but the concept behind their dire situation is fascinating. https://onebookmore.com/2020/08/06/ar...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Brenna Clark

    Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the advanced copy of this imaginative novel! I have recently discovered that one of my favorite tropes in books is people trapped in the wilderness. I've found this happening within these kinds of stories by accident (plane crash), foiled plans (hiking trip gone wrong), or in the case of this tale, a TV show with a sinister twist. So, of course I was immediately hooked by the synopsis, but I had no idea what I was in for. The survival bits were only the tip of Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the advanced copy of this imaginative novel! I have recently discovered that one of my favorite tropes in books is people trapped in the wilderness. I've found this happening within these kinds of stories by accident (plane crash), foiled plans (hiking trip gone wrong), or in the case of this tale, a TV show with a sinister twist. So, of course I was immediately hooked by the synopsis, but I had no idea what I was in for. The survival bits were only the tip of the iceberg, and the story just continued to deepen and flourish after that. Our band of characters had to face so much in so little time, and we are there strung along with them-- desperately trying to figure out the truth before everything falls apart. We are plopped into the vast unknown as the teenagers chosen for the new reality show Cut Off are beginning to realize that something may be horribly wrong. Earthquakes have been devastating the island they are all trapped on, and all attempts to 'tap out' have gone unanswered, even for the contestants who may be morally injured. Four of these characters meet up after various mishaps, and together they find a way off of the island, only to discover that their troubles had only just begun. River, an orphan... Cam, the daughter of a murderer... Trip, the tech wiz... and Liza, the wild card-- all four of them handpicked for this journey, but totally unprepared for the trials within. Somehow, the world has gone to pieces in their absence, and they must search for answers or be plagued by their own worst fears until it's too late. I don't want to spoil too much, so I will just say that the insane sci-fi twist that the book takes is something I never could have expected. There are hints throughout about the dangers of the tech that Cut Off adapted for the show; all of the players were injected with bots that would connect viewers with them via VR, they are constantly followed around by invasive floating cameras called Skyms, and the buttons that would allow them to escape only emit a high pitched whine before going completely dark. So there is a lot to distrust here, but as the plot is driven onward, the true malice of the system in the wrong hands unfolds. The reader is left wondering what is real, having all sense of security stripped away. You truly get a feel for who these characters are as they start to unravel in the emptiness of the world they once knew, and it really makes you think about how you might respond in a similar situation. This book had so many layers, and was such a delight to read. It hit so many points from survival to horror to sci-fi to drama, and each one was such an integral part of the story. It gave us many facets of the characters' personalities, and we were able to get to know them and root for them in a very short amount of time. I can honestly say it's one of the most unique books I've ever read, and I had no idea what was coming page after page. It left me wanting more of Cut Off, as a VR experience of a reality show sounds devilishly good, just like this premise!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Thank you, Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-arc! Okay so I'm basically a wh&*e for survival stories. Pitch me something about kids on an island or game show or fight to the death and I will read it. Being lost in the wilderness is one of my favorite tropes of all time, but this one took it to a whole new level. Cut Off is a reality show a group of people get dumped somewhere and have to stick it out using the resources they have. If you've ever watched ALONE, you'll understand the concept. F Thank you, Edelweiss and the publisher for the e-arc! Okay so I'm basically a wh&*e for survival stories. Pitch me something about kids on an island or game show or fight to the death and I will read it. Being lost in the wilderness is one of my favorite tropes of all time, but this one took it to a whole new level. Cut Off is a reality show a group of people get dumped somewhere and have to stick it out using the resources they have. If you've ever watched ALONE, you'll understand the concept. Funny thing is, they mention Vancouver Island in this book and that was the site of ALONE for a few seasons so there's an inspiration in there somewhere. The book starts off with a BANG right out of the park. As the story progresses we see tidbits of who the last contestant is and how to battle against the sudden disappearance of...well, everyone. They begin encountering rapid dogs, earthquakes, spiders, and even a manic person reminiscent of a killer zombie, and they start to think, okay, something is definitely up. I got some Inception, Thousand Pieces of You, and even Divergent with the fearscapes. But I loved all those books (and movie) so I loved CUT OFF. It was a fun, quick read with nonstop action. Oh, and I live in Washington and I love when books are set here! I'm a total sucker for them. Adrianne, I hope you read this review because I had so much fun reading CUT OFF. I can't wait to add it my shelf and bookstgram the crap out of it :D

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jack Flannery

    This book was really goddamn cool. Sci-Fi doesn’t scratch the surface.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karen Barber

    Mind-bending stuff, that really forces you to consider the possibilities for some of the technology that surrounds us everyday - but which also makes me more than a little paranoid about what kinds of things could be researched without us being aware of it. From the moment I read about Cut Off I was excited to read it - and it more than lived up to my expectations. Its main focus is, we're told, a new kind of reality TV show. Our contestants - all desperate to win the prize of a million dollars - Mind-bending stuff, that really forces you to consider the possibilities for some of the technology that surrounds us everyday - but which also makes me more than a little paranoid about what kinds of things could be researched without us being aware of it. From the moment I read about Cut Off I was excited to read it - and it more than lived up to my expectations. Its main focus is, we're told, a new kind of reality TV show. Our contestants - all desperate to win the prize of a million dollars -are abandoned on an island and the aim is to survive. At any point they can 'tap out' and leave, but the winner will have to prove themselves first. While this might seem fairly standard fare, for this show there is immersive technology that means viewers can feel like they're experiencing the same things as the contestants. The book opens in fairly typical territory. We're introduced to River, Trip, Cam and Liza who appear to be the only four contestants around. Strange things have been happening - and there appears to be no power. There's a growing sense of unease as the contestants start to realise that the technology to rescue them is no longer working, and there's a very real chance that nobody is coming to save them. All too soon it's clear that this survival game could be more important than anything they thought they were signing up for. As it stood, there were a range of possibilities for what was going on with the contestants. It didn't stray too far from what I expected at first. Their journey across the island, as they try to work out what to do next, made it increasingly obvious that we were in a far stranger world than any we might have conjured for ourselves. Once we started to unpick what was happening and we were given some ideas about the background to their situation, I was getting definite 'we're not in Kansas, anymore' vibes. It's important not to give too many details away, as this is a journey you need to live with the characters. Each character had their own motivation for being on the show, and as we learn about them we come to understand a little more of the world around them. The characters were, in their own way, flawed but each of them was able to offer something to keep the reader engaged with them.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    Well. That wasn't what I was expecting. This is a very difficult book to review, because I don't want to give away anything about the plot. A lot of the book relies on you not knowing what's happening, at least the first time around. There are hints and clues you'll pick up on a reread. The only complaint I have, and this is a minor thing, is that the POV switches from chapter to chapter, but there are no headings to tell the reader whose POV we're in now. So about half the time I was reading, thi Well. That wasn't what I was expecting. This is a very difficult book to review, because I don't want to give away anything about the plot. A lot of the book relies on you not knowing what's happening, at least the first time around. There are hints and clues you'll pick up on a reread. The only complaint I have, and this is a minor thing, is that the POV switches from chapter to chapter, but there are no headings to tell the reader whose POV we're in now. So about half the time I was reading, thinking we were in one person's POV before discovering it was actually another's. It's a small thing, but it did throw me a few times. Otherwise, this is an exciting, pacy read. The characters mesh well together, there are SO MANY twists, and even though the sciency stuff was complicated ... oops! Mini spoiler, sorry ... I was able to follow it. Channel your inner Trekkie if you're having problems. I really enjoyed this read and I'll be looking out for more by this author.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amber (The Book Bratz)

    The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz *Thank you so much HMH Books and NetGalley for letting me read and review CUT OFF* First things to know about me: Lost is my favorite TV show and Warcross is one of my favorite books of all time. If you tell me that a book is going to appeal to fans of that show and book, you know for a fact I am going to read it. Here is my dilemma with Cut Off, I think the idea behind it is really cool. You have the Lost vibes, I can see why they compare it The full review + more can be found at The Book Bratz *Thank you so much HMH Books and NetGalley for letting me read and review CUT OFF* First things to know about me: Lost is my favorite TV show and Warcross is one of my favorite books of all time. If you tell me that a book is going to appeal to fans of that show and book, you know for a fact I am going to read it. Here is my dilemma with Cut Off, I think the idea behind it is really cool. You have the Lost vibes, I can see why they compare it to Warcross and at some points I even got The Hunger Games vibes from it. It has that thrill and mystery factor to it that had me wanting to keep reading. But the bad points outweighed the good ones with Cut Off. I had no interest in the characters at all and I could form no connection with any of them. I mention it in tons of my reviews, if I can't connect with any characters, I am going to struggle with the book. Second, I DNFed Cut Off at 35%, that far in and nothing had enticing happened that pulled me into the story more. I was ready for all of the science fiction aspects and the mind bending I was promised and just nothing. I am sad I had to DNF this one because I was really excited for it, but sadly it just wasn't for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Terina Atkins

    Cut Off by Adrianne Findlay—This book is a trip, a topsy-turvy ride! Cut-Off is a new reality TV show much like Survivor, but with teenagers dropped off on a island and no “challenges” except to survive. What makes this show stand out? The virtual reality aspect of it. Audience members can purchase super enhanced virtual reality goggles that let them experience the show through the characters eyes. The whole world goes nuts for this show and the ability to experience surviving the wild. Survival Cut Off by Adrianne Findlay—This book is a trip, a topsy-turvy ride! Cut-Off is a new reality TV show much like Survivor, but with teenagers dropped off on a island and no “challenges” except to survive. What makes this show stand out? The virtual reality aspect of it. Audience members can purchase super enhanced virtual reality goggles that let them experience the show through the characters eyes. The whole world goes nuts for this show and the ability to experience surviving the wild. Survivalist River, mad-at-the-world Cam, spoiled techie Trip, and cute but bossy Lexi have all hung on for several weeks when suddenly their paths cross. After comparing notes, they realize they haven’t seen a soul for weeks. They try to communicate with the outside world, but soon realize there is no one in the outside world left. Everyone has just vanished and to make it worse, whatever got the population now seems to be coming for them. Great read combining mystery, thrills, science fiction, and adventure. Publish date: August 11, 2020 #netgalley #CutOff #AdrianneFinlay

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)

    You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5* Cut Off is straight up entertaining, there is no other way to say it. If you are looking to get lost in a book and just have a damn good time, this is that book. Is it a literary tour-de-force? No. It needn't be, it's about a reality show so I wasn't exactly expecting it to be. What I Liked: ►It's mysterious and I was always wondering what exactly was happening. I mean, it starts You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight 3.5* Cut Off is straight up entertaining, there is no other way to say it. If you are looking to get lost in a book and just have a damn good time, this is that book. Is it a literary tour-de-force? No. It needn't be, it's about a reality show so I wasn't exactly expecting it to be. What I Liked: ►It's mysterious and I was always wondering what exactly was happening. I mean, it starts off ominous and creepy, but then things get downright bizarre! I would watch this show, let's be real. ►Definitely action-packed and fast paced. I was never bored while reading, because I was so eager to figure out what was happening, what would be the next obstacle, etc. ►Survival for the win! I love a survival story, always have, always will. And it started out as a pretty straightforward survival situation. And then, it evolved to something more creepy- surviving in some very unusual circumstances! ►I liked how the characters' personal lives and experiences came into play. I found that a fun way to get to know them, especially as they tried to hide these pieces of themselves from their fellow castmates/survivors. Because of course, your deep rooted fears aren't generally the things you want to share with strangers, especially on national television. What I Didn't: ►I wished the characters were a bit more developed. I enjoyed that we did get to learn more about them as the book went on, but I would have liked more, if I am being honest. In the same vein, the romance was a little insta-lovey for my taste. ►There was a bit of an anxiety pill plot point that I don't quite understand. River was mad because Trip gave Cam a pill, which I understood, it is irresponsible to share prescriptions. But then he shames Trip for taking Trip's own prescription, and like. Maybe Trip needs them? It wasn't discussed enough in my opinion, because no one should be shamed for needing medication for anxiety. Bottom Line: An exciting adventure and a very fun concept, I flew through this book!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jennah Wilson

    I really wanted to like this book. It had such an interesting premise that I was sure to like. Starting off, the book was like a mash of Survivor and Hunger Games but without the assistance factor. The book was exactly what you thought it was going to be from the synopsis for like 20% but then everything changed. Imagine like Hunger Games, Fantasy Island and Antman had a really really bad child who confused everyone. That's this book. Once the contestants realized they couldn't leave the show, t I really wanted to like this book. It had such an interesting premise that I was sure to like. Starting off, the book was like a mash of Survivor and Hunger Games but without the assistance factor. The book was exactly what you thought it was going to be from the synopsis for like 20% but then everything changed. Imagine like Hunger Games, Fantasy Island and Antman had a really really bad child who confused everyone. That's this book. Once the contestants realized they couldn't leave the show, the book took a lot of really strange and random turns. It was like the author didn't know what direction to take. One chapter we were working on fears and how they were physically manifesting into the world, and the next we're figuring out the multiverse. I was literally so confused throughout this entire book. I kept reading and finished it (which was a complete struggle) just to figure out if it got any better or if there was any clarification. Which if you're wondering… no there wasn't. 1 star because honestly l couldn't tell you anything about this book without it making it sound like I was that kid in high school who made up their book report because they didn't read the book. Thank you for Edelweiss and HMH Books for Young Readers for this advanced copy. I have read and reviewed it of my own honest thoughts and opinions.

  13. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    Somewhere the midpoint in this, I started to feel as though the plot had gotten so 'out there' it might not end in a way that would be understandable. However, what was going on simply built what followed more solidly. This is a story that starts with a foreshadowing that sets you up well. The first part of the book gets readers invested in four young people competing for a big money prize as survivalists. You're introduced to River and Cam through portions of their screening profiles. This work Somewhere the midpoint in this, I started to feel as though the plot had gotten so 'out there' it might not end in a way that would be understandable. However, what was going on simply built what followed more solidly. This is a story that starts with a foreshadowing that sets you up well. The first part of the book gets readers invested in four young people competing for a big money prize as survivalists. You're introduced to River and Cam through portions of their screening profiles. This works very well in terms of investing readers in these two. Trip and Liza are the other two players and one of them isn't what you think at first. As the plot becomes more complex and convoluted, you really need to pay attention because, as I noted earlier, sometimes things seem about to go off the rails completely. Read on and, like me, you'll most likely be impressed by one of the more creative plots in quite some time. I was both impressed and satisfied when I closed the cover.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Taiyeaba

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. when fears became real—things that could truly hurt you rather than just provoke abstract anxieties—there was no choice but to confront them. This book is something else! I had hard time understanding all the multiverse talks and how it works but maybe it's just me? But i liked this book anyway.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gene

    I didn’t really know what to expect for Cut Off. I don’t know what Warcross is, I didn’t watch Lost, and I’ve never even seen an episode of Survivor. But I really liked Adrianne’s first book, Your One and Only, so I wanted to give this one a shot. It worked for me. River and Cam are likable and relatable. I found that I cared about what happened to them. I came out of this book feeling like I’d made some new friends.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Ambrosius

    So, I was really disappointed. First off, let me just say that the concept was great. I love the idea of the wilderness, the technology, the TV show, all of that. The problem was (mostly) Trip. And look, I mean he could’ve been a great character. The premise for his character was great too, but the thing that really ruined this whole book for me was one, the ‘panic attacks’, and two, the medication. The panic attacks: Let me just tell you that I personally am someone who has anxiety and I have had p So, I was really disappointed. First off, let me just say that the concept was great. I love the idea of the wilderness, the technology, the TV show, all of that. The problem was (mostly) Trip. And look, I mean he could’ve been a great character. The premise for his character was great too, but the thing that really ruined this whole book for me was one, the ‘panic attacks’, and two, the medication. The panic attacks: Let me just tell you that I personally am someone who has anxiety and I have had panic attacks many times. So trust me, I know what I’m talking about when I say that the representation of panic attacks in this book is not even close to accurate. It’s not just ‘I feel like something bad is going to happen’ or ‘I’m really stressed’. No, no, and no. It is a terrifying, horrible experience involving hyperventilating, thinking you’re going to die, WANTING to die, etc. I tend to actually feel as if I’m going insane, which by the way, has got to be one of the worst feelings ever. You can’t calm yourself down, you can’t think, you’re scared of everything and everyone, you end up cowering in corners and people are walking toward you and you’re grabbing your hair and pulling it out and - it. Is. The worst. This book did not even come CLOSE to accurately portraying what they’re like. Panic attacks are a way, way bigger deal then what this book tells you, and I would know. Lots of people, almost including me (luckily not yet) have been dragged off to the hospital because of them. So I’m really not happy with that. The medication: Obviously, because I have these panic attacks I also have medication. And the meds that Trip has are also not even close to what they’re actually like. For one, they do not work instantly. I mean, think about it - what medicine, especially pills, EVER works instantly? That is...not how it works. Come on. You don’t just take the pill and all of a sudden you’re fine. You take it, most of the time needing help because it’s really hard (pretty much impossible) to think and do things whilst having a panic attack, and you’re still panicking, and then after at least a few minutes you start to calm down a bit. And, you do not pass out your pills to anyone looking stressed. The one thing River was right about regarding that. On the topic of River, I was very annoyed at how much his disregard for the medicine and his low understanding of anxiety/panic attacks was just passed over. Cam said something about it a few times, but not nearly enough, and not nearly as forcefully as she should have. It is so, so not okay for someone to not believe in something or be so condescending towards something just because they don’t understand it. And while I’m sure the author understands this, and added this to the book to help other people understand, it wasn’t very well done, so it sort of makes that part redundant. All that said, I again really enjoyed the concept of the book and wish I could’ve FULLY enjoyed it. I appreciate the author trying to put some representation in there, but hey - if you don’t know how to write about, don’t.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    I absolutely love survivor type stories and the premise of Cut Off by Adrianne Finley was right up my alley. Teens alone in the woods, living off the grid, using their survivalist skills to survive/thrive and to win the prize to be the last one standing in a new virtual reality show where viewers get to see, touch and “feel” in a new 3D concept had me excited to start this story. Did the hype of the synopsis live up to its potential? Yes and no. Yes, because the story in itself kept me interested I absolutely love survivor type stories and the premise of Cut Off by Adrianne Finley was right up my alley. Teens alone in the woods, living off the grid, using their survivalist skills to survive/thrive and to win the prize to be the last one standing in a new virtual reality show where viewers get to see, touch and “feel” in a new 3D concept had me excited to start this story. Did the hype of the synopsis live up to its potential? Yes and no. Yes, because the story in itself kept me interested and there is a lot going on that needed to be deciphered. The action, for me, was the best of this story. I was really interested to see how the story would play out especially with the horror/Sci-fi elements in the mix. A lot of scenes creeped me out and they were done really well and held my interest even through the “ick” factor. I never really figured out what was going on until the reveal. There were so many parts of this story that were really well done and creative that it held my attention till the end. Now, Let me begin to say what I did not like about the story. I did not particularly care for any of the characters. I think as readers, we really only scratched the surface of the four teens and they were never really fully fleshed out to me to the point where I really didn’t care if any or all of them lived or died. There is also a bit of an “instalove” feel for two of the teens which really did not work for me at all. The romance was pretty flat for me and probably should have been left out entirely. Which brings me to my next gripe. There is a cuddling part in this story between two of the main characters and when a truth is revealed it made me think back to that scene and say to myself, “Okay that was creepy and ewww.” I will also point out that there is a bit of a trigger warning with a mental/physical abusive scene along with a terrible outtake on prescribed medicine. If you want to read a story for the story itself then maybe this book is for you. I personally didn’t connect with the characters but maybe another reader will feel differently. This story was just okay for me and maybe if the characters were fleshed out more I would have enjoyed it better.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    This book has a great concept--what happens when you send a bunch of teenagers into the wilderness to survive and film it for a reality show? Okay, this was like Survivor, Lost, and Naked & Afraid (with clothes) all wrapped up into one. Don't listen to people who keep calling it a Hunger Games-like book. It isn't. The kids aren't out to kill each other--they just want to survive in the wilderness, in order to be the last one who wins the $10 million dollar prize. Each teen has a drone-like camer This book has a great concept--what happens when you send a bunch of teenagers into the wilderness to survive and film it for a reality show? Okay, this was like Survivor, Lost, and Naked & Afraid (with clothes) all wrapped up into one. Don't listen to people who keep calling it a Hunger Games-like book. It isn't. The kids aren't out to kill each other--they just want to survive in the wilderness, in order to be the last one who wins the $10 million dollar prize. Each teen has a drone-like camera that follows their every move and they can "tap out" whenever they want to quit. But then things go terribly wrong. Will these kids who have been cut off from society be rescued before it's too late?

  19. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)

    When I saw that Adrianne Finlay had a new book, I knew I needed to read it. Her debut novel, Your One and Only was amazing and Cut Off is no different. Cut Off shows us what could happen as technology evolves. What humanity may look like in the future. As much as it is fascinating and amazing, it is also terrifying. Finlay mixes technology and futuristic ideas with teenagers and it works so perfectly. Our 4 protagonists each bring something to the table that keep this book going. A great read!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    3.5 This YA thriller started strong and I really liked the first 2/3 of the book. Several teens are left Alone-style to see how long they would survive on their own for a show called Cut Off. When they meet each other after an earthquake, they realize that something is wrong and no one is coming for them. Then things start to get really weird! Each of the characters have a great backstory, and I really liked their dynamics, but when it came to the explanation of what was happening, I had a hard 3.5 This YA thriller started strong and I really liked the first 2/3 of the book. Several teens are left Alone-style to see how long they would survive on their own for a show called Cut Off. When they meet each other after an earthquake, they realize that something is wrong and no one is coming for them. Then things start to get really weird! Each of the characters have a great backstory, and I really liked their dynamics, but when it came to the explanation of what was happening, I had a hard time with it and suspending my disbelief came at a cost. There is a certain Lost element to it, with as funky of a reveal as the end as well (but to be clear, not the same.) It just doesn't quite stick the landing.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kacey

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy. I went back and forth on my rating as I read through this book. Parts of it I really enjoyed and parts I only liked, so I'm settling for a middle-of-the-road rating. I don't want to complain too much about the formatting and editing problems this book still has, since it is uncorrected and likely will have these problems fixed by the time it's pu Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. My opinion was not affected by the free copy. I went back and forth on my rating as I read through this book. Parts of it I really enjoyed and parts I only liked, so I'm settling for a middle-of-the-road rating. I don't want to complain too much about the formatting and editing problems this book still has, since it is uncorrected and likely will have these problems fixed by the time it's published. Still, stuff like the interviews were very distracting with how they were formatted. I don't know if it was done that way on purpose, but a bunch of red text was sometimes in the middle of regular text. There needed to be more space or distinction between those parts and the main story, and there was also a part where two people texted each other and I had to guess on which line went with which person. The story itself was good. It made me think of a lot of different media as I read it, but I don't want to say what and spoil anything. I requested this book because it sounded like it would dip into psychological horror, and I think it did that pretty well. As a reader, I was always a bit skeptical of what was going on because i was always aware of the virtual reality element. I bet this could be a pretty good book club pick because of that, and some other stuff introduced in this story. The characters were pretty good, but I wish that Trip was given more focus. Most of the story seemed to center on River and Cam. They were both interesting characters, but I still would've liked to know Trip more. It also bugged me when Cam started being treated as if she was special in some way, and I kept thinking "Why her? Why is she the only one who can do this plot-specific thing?" It came out of nowhere, too. She was just suddenly important and able to do this thing. I do like how their circumstance changed because of their thoughts and fears. That's why psychological horror is my favorite: it's all in the mind. The book did a good job of making me always questioning if what was happening was real or just a part of virtual reality simulation. I don't even completely mind the strange turn the plot took. I do wish the psychological horror element was made a lot stronger, though, and played more with the reader as well as the characters. But on the whole I still liked it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I loved this book! There were so many twists that kept you guessing throughout the whole book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ellana-san

    3.5 the first half was really cool and gripping although it dips into the horror genre even if not labeled as such. The second half and the overall explanation were lackluster to me. Still a good read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    JenniferJ

    I sadly just wasn't into this. The idea of it and the synopsis sounded so great but the story fell way flat. The characters while interesting enough with their secrets and fears just couldn't carry the story on their own. I never felt a connection with any of them which made me disinterested in what was happening even on the occasions when something actually did. Things just moved so slow, too slow. I also really hated the insertion of the interviews thru out the story. They interrupted my train I sadly just wasn't into this. The idea of it and the synopsis sounded so great but the story fell way flat. The characters while interesting enough with their secrets and fears just couldn't carry the story on their own. I never felt a connection with any of them which made me disinterested in what was happening even on the occasions when something actually did. Things just moved so slow, too slow. I also really hated the insertion of the interviews thru out the story. They interrupted my train of thought more than anything else and were just plain annoying, The information they contained should have been presented in a different way somehow because clearly this was not it! I felt kinda cheated with the conclusion after I had to make myself continue on to the end. Received from Netgalley for an honest review.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Laura Metz

    Well I can safely say I'm glad I was denied an arc for this one on netgalley and that I read this free in Kindle unlimited.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jo Stevens

    I liked Cut Off. Definitely not what I thought. Could have done without the romance but it wasn't as bad as some books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Cut Off Author: Adrianne Finlay Book Series: Standalone Rating: 1/5 Recommended For...: sci-fi, ya, reality show Publication Date: August 11, 2020 Genre: YA Sci-Fi Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 384 Synopsis: Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show CUT/OFF that places a group of teenagers alone in th Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Cut Off Author: Adrianne Finlay Book Series: Standalone Rating: 1/5 Recommended For...: sci-fi, ya, reality show Publication Date: August 11, 2020 Genre: YA Sci-Fi Recommended Age: can’t recommend, dnf-ed Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Pages: 384 Synopsis: Each contestant has their own reasons—and their own secrets—for joining the new virtual reality show CUT/OFF that places a group of teenagers alone in the wilderness. It’s a simple premise: whoever lasts the longest without “tapping out” wins a cash prize. Not only that, new software creates a totally unprecedented television experience, allowing viewers to touch, see, and live everything along with the contestants. But what happens when “tapping out” doesn’t work and no one comes to save you? What happens when the whole world seemingly disappears while you’re stranded in the wild? Four teenagers must confront their greatest fears, their deepest secrets, and one another when they discover they are truly cut off from reality. Sci-fi, mystery, and romance converge in this high-stakes, fast-paced read that will leave you guessing to the very last moment. Review: I had to DNF this book at about 32%. The book didn’t draw me in and it’s entirely too slow of a pace for what I would want in this type of book. Verdict: Not for me, but maybe for you.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Jefferson

    Cut Off is about a group of teens chosen to be part of a brand new, cutting edge reality tv show about survival in the wilderness. They must live as long as possible on their own, with only a few supplies and their own intelligence, courage, and know-how. The last teen standing wins. Each of them is followed by a state-of-the-art drone, which captures their experiences in real time first-person view, so that people watching at home can experience it through virtual reality as if they were there Cut Off is about a group of teens chosen to be part of a brand new, cutting edge reality tv show about survival in the wilderness. They must live as long as possible on their own, with only a few supplies and their own intelligence, courage, and know-how. The last teen standing wins. Each of them is followed by a state-of-the-art drone, which captures their experiences in real time first-person view, so that people watching at home can experience it through virtual reality as if they were there themselves. The competitors also have access to a panic button that they can use at any time when they are ready to quit or if they are in danger, and if they push it, they will be removed from the game immediately. The problem is that those panic buttons have stopped working, and everyone left in the game begins to realize that the dangers are real and no help is coming. I really enjoyed the first half of this book, because it had a very Hunger Games feel (minus the killing each other part). As the story progressed, it went off into a whole different direction than I expected, and I found myself losing interest the longer I read. I'm sure some people will really enjoy the twist, but for me it just kind of fell flat. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Netgalley in return for my honest critique and review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Gonzalez

    Stars: 2.5 I was obsessed with the Lost series back when it was airing, so when this book was described as “Warcross meets Lost…” I knew I simply must read it. Unfortunately for me, it was just…meh. There were a couple scenes that creeped me out in the beginning, but overall it was not particularly exciting. The one thing it did have in common with Lost was that the final reveal was truly disappointing. I knew there was going to be a science fiction element to the story, but it was a bit more sci Stars: 2.5 I was obsessed with the Lost series back when it was airing, so when this book was described as “Warcross meets Lost…” I knew I simply must read it. Unfortunately for me, it was just…meh. There were a couple scenes that creeped me out in the beginning, but overall it was not particularly exciting. The one thing it did have in common with Lost was that the final reveal was truly disappointing. I knew there was going to be a science fiction element to the story, but it was a bit more sci-fi-y than I was expecting. I also wanted to see more character complexity and development. The characters felt very formulaic to me: the brainiac, the deceiver, the loner, and the closed off beauty. Nobody really surprised me or made me question what I knew about them. I wasn’t really feeling the romantic angle either. In a story like this, I feel the romance should add more depth to the plot or characters, but it didn’t really serve to do so as much as I wanted. It was not a terrible read, but also not one I enjoyed enough to give a higher rating.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bookish_Opinions

    Spoiler-free review: While the mystery in this book is intriguing, it took entirely too long for me to feel any investment in the characters (would have abandoned if it weren't required I read the whole thing for reasons), and the pacing was slow to start and then really picked up when the horror elements finally came in. The big reveal is a bit too far fetched for me, I think this could have been much more interesting and at least felt believable within the logic of the fictional world if a dif Spoiler-free review: While the mystery in this book is intriguing, it took entirely too long for me to feel any investment in the characters (would have abandoned if it weren't required I read the whole thing for reasons), and the pacing was slow to start and then really picked up when the horror elements finally came in. The big reveal is a bit too far fetched for me, I think this could have been much more interesting and at least felt believable within the logic of the fictional world if a different choice were made by the author (I also have some familiarity with stories that deal with the same concept as Cut Off's twist, so I know it can be done well). It seems like the author is trying to say something really deep here but I think she missed the mark. I will say there's a lot of potential in this concept. All in all, I didn't really buy into the relationship, didn't care all that much for the characters (Trip grew on me a bit by 2/3 of the way through) and found the whole reveal to the mystery too unbelievable to get behind.

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