The Speed of Falling Objects
Danger "Danny" Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else's needs. She's certain that her mom's bitterness and her TV star father's absence are her fault. If only she were more—athletic, charismatic, attractive—life would be perfect.
When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she's not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with Gus Price, the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships, falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to become an unlikely hero and light her way home.
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From the Critics
"Part adventure, part coming-of-age novel, and altogether a page-turner."
"This is a shining star among young adult survivalist stories."
—School Library Journal
"Fischer's tightly constructed novel is packed with gruesome and fascinating details about Amazonian flora and fauna, but at its heart is Danny's desire to create a relationship with the father she idolizes... Fischer has created a sympathetic, believably flawed, and satisfyingly strong heroine whose emotional journey is as compelling as the physical hardships of the rain forest."
"This intensely thrilling...novel fizzes with energy from start to finish. [A] joyous and highly satisfying read, and one that deserves acclaim...this novel has the potential to be turned into a movie. Richardson Fischer's...ability to write credible dialogue and describe situations and people is simply incredible...her research, writing ability and creativity has produced a novel that oozes excellence and craftsmanship."
—New York Journal of Books
"I highly recommend for anyone looking for an unputdownable YA contemporary with suspense and a touch of romance."
—YA Books Central
"This is a book meant for anyone who loves epic journeys and complex characters (and also complex relationships)... It's not just for teens, but for any woman who has ever struggled with her own place in life."
—Sarah Scoop (read the full review)
"This intensely thrilling...novel fizzes with energy from start to finish... this novel has the potential to be turned into a movie."
—New York Journal of Books (read the full review)
"Survivalist stories are brutal. They excel at tearing away hope in favour of exposing the true grit of human nature. This story is no exception... it offered a very interesting exploration into the human spirit when it seems as though there is nothing left to lose."
—The Nerd Daily (read the full review)
"A perfect blend of adventure and romance, set in one of the most dangerous and fascinating places on Earth. In Danny's story, readers will also explore a complex father-daughter relationship and cheer on our heroine as she journeys not only through the Amazon but on a mission that will force her to figure out who she really is and what matters most to her. I inhaled this story!"
—Jennifer Mathieu, author of Moxie and The Liars of Mariposa Island
"A thrilling, edge-of-your-seat adventure with characters you'll fall in love with."
—Alexandra Monir, bestselling author of The Final Six
"Danny is a fierce, yet vulnerable, heroine in a thrilling fight for survival. This gripping page-turner shows that, in the end, the greatest danger of all might lie within our own hearts."
—Kelly deVos, author of Fat Girl on a Plane
"Nancy Richardson Fischer has pulled off the wondrous feat of writing a story where the characters' emotional journeys are as intensely compelling and deeply gratifying as their harrowing life-or-death adventure. I could not put this book down. Truth."
—Misa Sugiura, author of It's Not Like It's a Secret and This Time Will Be Different
"In The Speed of Falling Objects, the Peruvian rainforest comes alive as does a young girl's passionate journey of self discovery. This riveting, moving, and beautifully written tale is packed with excitement—you won't put it down."
—Erica Ferencik, author of The River at Night and Into the Jungle
"This remarkable story will leave you feeling inspired, enthusiastic, and believing that anything is possible, if you just be yourself."
—5 STARS! Sandra, Amazon Vine Voice reviewer
"Excellent read... Even though this is a YA novel, I think adults would enjoy it, too."
—5 STARS! Lizz A. Belle, Amazon Vine Voice
"This. Book. Is. Phenomenal."
—Tilly 5 STARS, Goodreads
"YES! I haven't cried while reading a book in a long time... I cannot wait to get this into the hands of my high school readers."
—Arlen, 5 STARS Goodreads
"I highly recommend this completely addictive (and emotionally moving) thrill ride!"
—Laurie 5 STARS, Goodreads
Podcasts and Interviews
"The Speed of Falling Objects is a coming-of-age story about overcoming bullying, lack of self-worth, and disabilities, this tale will inspire anyone to believe in themselves more."
Interview with Jenny Hansson, KOIN news anchor, Portland, Oregon
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Author Stories Podcast with Hank Garner
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Cyrus Webb Conversations Live interview
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Returning guest on the Giant Panda Podcast
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