Do you know what you'd be capable of in an extreme survival situation? This is one of the main themes Charlotte Rogan explores in her novel, The Lifeboat
. When human nature is pitted against the impersonal power of the raw elements, can man prevail by use of intellect alone, using only the limited resources at hand?
At first the shipwreck survivors in The Lifeboat
feel fortunate to be alive, though they're tortured by not knowing what happened to their loved ones. Their hearts ache in despair as they see the extent of the wreckage from the burning, sinking ship, however they still assume imminent rescue.
The passengers of the lifeboat paddle their oars with all their might to escape the incredible suction created by the ship's sinking. Once free from this initial danger, they are bombarded by desperate, drowning souls who swim for the already...
Beyond the Book
When human beings are torn from society and forced to fight for survival, our true nature is often revealed. With very clear threats to life and limb, and without any need to account for our actions when laws become irrelevant, we can revert to our primal instincts for personal survival. But to what extent is a person willing to go in order to survive? In a kill-or-be-killed situation, are humans actually more highly evolved than other animals? Throughout history, writers have tried to answer these questions, among others, via the art of fiction.
Believed to have been written...