The Great AloneKristin Hannah

The Great Alone

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah Book Summary

In Kristin Hannah’s The Great Alone, a desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature.

#1 New York Times Instant Bestseller (February 2018)
A People “Book of the Week”
Buzzfeed’s “Most Anticipated Women’s Fiction Reads of 2018”
Seattle Times’s “Books to Look Forward to in 2018”

Alaska, 1974. Ernt Allbright came home from the Vietnam War a changed and volatile man. When he loses yet another job, he makes the impulsive decision to move his wife and daughter north where they will live off the grid in America’s last true frontier.

Cora will do anything for the man she loves, even if means following him into the unknown. Thirteen-year-old Leni, caught in the riptide of her parents’ passionate, stormy relationship, has little choice but to go along, daring to hope this new land promises her family a better future.

In a wild, remote corner of Alaska, the Allbrights find a fiercely independent community of strong men and even stronger women. The long, sunlit days and the generosity of the locals make up for the newcomers’ lack of preparation and dwindling resources.

But as winter approaches and darkness descends, Ernt’s fragile mental state deteriorates. Soon the perils outside pale in comparison to threats from within. In their small cabin, covered in snow, blanketed in eighteen hours of night, Leni and her mother learn the terrible truth: they are on their own.

The Great Alone (Kristin Hannah) Book Reviews

This book will repeatedly take you apart & put you back together again ...Literally my life: “For as long as I can remember, books have been my safe place.” It’s hard to not like a book that has that to say, or a fictional young adult with that sort of wisdom. Love and fear. The most destructive forces on earth. Fear had turned her inside out, love had made her stupid.” That quote is definitely befitting of this story. There’s no way I could find the words to do this reading experience justice so I’ll just say it packs real feels … all of them. Those of family love, friendship, loyalty, romantic love, complete and utter heartbreak and repeated satisfaction. This is one of those reads where the characters can be so frustrating … but I found their end results extremely satisfying. Very well played and I love how complete this tale is, it did not leave me wanting more. Would love to see this made into a movie or mini-series. 5 stars. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Note: I listened to the audiobook; 5-star performance..Score: 5/5

Cried for these peopleBest book I’ve read in a long time. I’ll read More by this author!.Score: 5/5

Wonderful!Really enjoyed this read!.Score: 5/5

Beautifully writtenAnd beautiful landscape. A story of survival, love and family bonds.Score: 5/5

Love!I loved this book so much! I loved the Alaskan setting the most! I hope this becomes a movie!.Score: 5/5

Finally Read it! Why did I wait? A must read!There are no words to put how this book changed me as a person. This is the third Kristin Hannah book I have read. I have loved all 3, but The Great Alone had me closing the book as a different person. Or at least changed how I viewed things..Score: 5/5

Not fully satisfyingThe descriptions of the landscape were beautiful, but the character development left much to de desired..Score: 2/5

Will read againWow, what an absolutely amazing story! A great read for anyone! A huge eye opener to what the Alaskan life is really like and gives a whole new prospective to mental health and how important it is to do your best when it comes to your family. Most definitely will read again!.Score: 5/5

Heavy but worth itThis was a difficult book to read because of the heavy subject matter but the story is captivating and it’s beautifully written. I would recommend it unless you’re looking for a light read (which it isn’t)..Score: 5/5

After reading other of KH books..I can’t believe it is written by KH. I had to struggle to finish the book. Very disappointing.Score: 1/5

The Great AloneSuch a great story— would totally recommend I like how the father was finally able t o settle down in Alaska after going from place to place for all those years after returning from the war..Score: 5/5

AmazingI truly could not put this book down. It is now my favorite book and belongs with the great classics. This book is one that will stay with me forever. I’ve never reread a book but I hope to reread this one in the future just to relive it again. I’ve never been so captivated by a book before. I read this on my iPhone but I will be buying a hard copy just to have. It’s THAT good..Score: 5/5

The Great AloneTerrific story. Author creates believable characters & sets them in believable situations & challenges. Good read..Score: 5/5

Beautiful and moving!Beautifully developed story! Hannah still has me thinking about this story months later and probably will for years. Great great book!.Score: 5/5

AmazingThe writing is captivating, the characters are intricate and realistic, and the plot continues to surprise you with unexpected turns. Easy to fall in love with and highly recommend..Score: 5/5

Loved this book!A novel that is hard to put down. I read for hours!.Score: 5/5

Great read!Loved this one! Took me a minute to get into but once I did I had a hard time putting down..Score: 5/5

Could not put it downI read this book in a day. Such a great adventure story and also sad, but I just had to know how it would end, so I could not put it down. I highly recommend this book, and I’m onto another book by Kristen, Fire fly lane. I have loved and read, the nightingale, true colors and of course the great alone..Score: 5/5

The Great AloneLoved loved loved..Score: 5/5

FantasticThe storyline is heartbreaking and riveting. Loved every word of this book. Bonds of a mother and daughter are priceless..Score: 5/5

Hard to Put DownI loved the story telling in this book. The characters came to life through incredible emotional connections. The description of the Alaskan wilderness was exquisite..Score: 5/5

Love this story!I absolutely loved this book! Kristin Hannah is one of my new favorites!.Score: 5/5

AMAZINGThis book is WONDERFUL!! I hated having to put it down. It brought me to tears so many times I lost count. Beautifully written story with relatable characters. I don’t normally reread books but I can definitely see myself reading and enjoying this one again in the future..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it downPoetic and thoughtful woven together with beautiful landscapes and heartbreak, survival and intense love..Score: 5/5

Heart Wrenching!This is a most read! The emotions this book gave me tore me apart! I have never felt so angry, sad, happy, and distraught all in one book. On top of that I now want to visit Alaska! Great characters, such an amazing story! I can’t recommend it enough. You will binge read this book..Score: 5/5

One of the best books I’ve readI loved this book. I had a very clear picture of every character. This book made me love and fear the wildness of Alaska..Score: 5/5

😭I loved this. Be ready to cry, though..Score: 5/5

Great Read!!!Loved this book, well written and enjoyable...especially wonderful company during a Wisconsin winter..Score: 5/5

Difficult.I bought this book after reading the Authors book, The Nightingale. I was really looking forward to her writing again. I read The nightingale in mere days. With The Great Alone I had to fight my way through. I wasn’t hooked from the start. I was well over half way finished with the book before it truly grabbed my attention. But I had spent the money- I was finishing the book. I am glad I did. I believe the second half of the book is a whole lot better than the first half. Looking forward to choosing another book by this Kristin Hannah..Score: 3/5

The Great AloneHave read! As most of Kristin Hannah’s book, it’s hard to put down! Loved it!.Score: 5/5

Sad to Finish The Great AloneCaptivating story for any reader, but for me, a special connection to the War in Viet Nam and the damage it wrought in the young men who fought and died and the ones who fought and survived..Score: 5/5

Amazing!!For the last few paragraphs I was reading through tears. Hannah does an excellent job of connecting you to the story and strife of the main character. I felt loss, love, happiness and adventure as if I expreienced it for myself. A must read!.Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it down!I read this, as with all this author’s novels, in 3 days. Well written, enticing, surprise ending! I highly recommend it!.Score: 5/5

Buy now!I loved this book! Much different than the murder mysteries I usually read. But this kept my attention the whole time. I’d find myself at work anticipating getting off so I could continue to read! Buy it now, you won’t regret it!.Score: 5/5

Rich and intenseHannah masterfully creates a scene of chaos, abuse, and fear. She shows how easy it is to be controlled by fear and manipulated by someone who is supposed to love you..Score: 4/5

Every emotion there is!This book is fabulous, the ups and downs, the vision she paints of the wilderness, you feel like you are there. Great character development. I was sad, mad, happy, you name it I felt it reading this book!.Score: 5/5

Great AloneLoved it. Great setting, plot and characters..Score: 5/5

The great alone was fabulous I cried at the ending thank god Matthew survivedIt was great I have read all of Kristen Hannah’s books.Score: 4/5

Good readExhausting and good.Score: 4/5

Best of Hannah yet!Unbelievably moving, emotional, raw and descriptive. It makes you yearn for Alaska….Score: 5/5

Read betterCertainly not as good as her latter works. Three quarters through it and I gave up on it..Score: 2/5

The great aloneI couldn’t put this down. I felt I was in Alaska with her graphic writing. Excellent..Score: 5/5

MUST READ!AMAZING! Brought me through every emotion! I couldn’t put the book down! At moments I was smiling, laughing, crying, absolutely shocked, and thrilled! Maybe my favorite book!!!.Score: 5/5

Excellent readI loved every part of this book! The story was wonderful. The characters and descriptions of Alaska were so interesting. I couldn’t put it down. So many unexpected events! This is definitely one of my top 5 favorite books. I loved the ending. BRAVO! Well done!.Score: 5/5

Great!Really good! Loved the details and coming of age storyline.Score: 5/5

First book I’ve read start to finish in YEARSBeautifully written and leaves you thinking each time you have to put it down. Starts of fast and keeps you hooked throughout. My first read in such a long time, so glad this was recommended to me..Score: 5/5

Beautiful story!An amazing story about strength, courage and love! One of my favorite books of all times!.Score: 5/5

Awesome!Loved it! Felt like I was on my own adventure in Alaska!.Score: 5/5

Alaska or Bust!It makes me want to move to Alaska for the Summer, but it was an awesome story of love and loss and had plenty of twists and turns. I’d highly recommend it!.Score: 5/5

A - F Scale: AEasy Read. Quirky. Thrilling. Captivating. Unexpected..Score: 5/5

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Unlike any other book I have read..This book brought me through feelings of young love in school, awe of wilderness and most importantly the meaning of family and unconditional love. I would be first in line to see this book turned into a film and then read the book again and again for the imperfect perfection of it’s story of harsh realities..Score: 5/5

A rare gem!I rarely write reviews but when a book moves you so fiercely, you want to share it so everyone has the chance to experience it for themselves. It’s what those that love reading search for; a journey told through mesmerizing, picturesque words, a life I will never live, and yet, I did for just a little while. I will revel in this peace, gratitude and awe I feel, after finishing this novel, for as long as possible. Thank you..Score: 5/5

The Great AloneI got a little more than half-way through this novel before I gave up. I was bothered by the bad stereotypical description of the ‘north’ and the shallow character development..Score: 2/5

The Great AloneWonderfully written , great characters , couldn’t put this book down ! Thanks for the great read 🌸🙂.Score: 5/5

Must ReadTears are still running down my face after finishing this beautiful story of love, community and family. Very moving. Couldn’t put this story down over the two days I read it..Score: 5/5

The Great AloneI thoroughly enjoyed this book. One of the best I have read recently..Score: 5/5

Best bookBest book I’ve ever read. My second all time favourite after Gone with the Wind..Score: 5/5

The great aloneExcellent story. Ms Hannah did a wonderful job describing g the cycle of abuse..Score: 5/5

Top 3 KH bookA little slow to get going to the good stuff but well well well worth the wait. Very suspenseful, surprising and emotional. Great book.Score: 5/5

Must read!!Incredible read!!!! A heart breaking story about a demented tumultuous family strengthened by their mother daughter bond and their survival in Alaska brought on by strangers who come together as neighbours. An incredible coming of age love story between children and the obstacles they endure. A powerful story full of tear jerking moments. Incredible!!!.Score: 5/5

Amazing storyThis book caught me from the start, it’s a book you will end up staying up all night to finish reading. Love love love.Score: 5/5

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