Evan and Katie had the picture-perfect marriage, it would seem.
While Evan lays unconscious after a terrible car wreck, Katie has an affair. Oh, wow.
“The symbol of their eternal love was broken.” (35)
Simple yet well-written, this soulful book immediately captures the reader, instigating deep empathy and profound thought. I felt bad for Evan and thought the guilt eating at Katie was well-deserved. The first chapter kicked off nice and strong, but then confusion settles in the second chapter when Evan wakes up in the jungle…literally! What!? I thought he was lying comatose in the hospital. How did we get to the jungle?
The bulk of the book centers on Evan struggling in the jungle (I still don’t know how he got there.) I guess the jungle was really more of a metaphor because in Katie’s POV, Evan is still comatose. So Evan is battling the jungle in his mind? Yeah, I guess. So that’s “the jungle within?” Mmm, okay then. Suddenly he’s Tom Hanks in Cast Away.
Basically we have two characters in the jungle with Evan fighting to wake up and Katie struggling with her sin. Obviously the book is heavy on symbolism and religion. The writing had a poetic feel and the jungle descriptions were quite vivid, however, the story line weakened my interest after the first few chapters.
My rating: 2.5 stars