My friend read The Mountain Between Us and wanted to see the movie, so I tagged along because, who doesn’t love Idris Elba? I enjoyed the movie and my friend told me the book was better, so she loaned...
me her copy and I decided to do what I normally never do: read a book AFTER having seen the movie. Because of the order in which I saw the movie/read the book, I think I have a slightly skewed perception of the book and am probably in the minority when I say I liked the movie better.
Let me back up. The Mountain Between Us is a romance and an adventure/survival story. I didn't find the book to be really heavy on the romance, but everyone knows what happens when a man and a woman survive a plane crash together (Spoiler alert: they end up together). The book was a quick read, but I thought it dragged on a little too long when they were stuck in the wilderness. I thought the movie did a better job of keeping the plot going and creating action to keep me interested and entertained, whereas by the time I was halfway through the book I was ready for a climax/rescue and conclusion.
There were a lot of differences between the book and the movie; whoever wrote the script took a lot of creative license with the book, but for the most part I think the changes that were made resulted in a better plot for the movie. The book reminded me of a Nicholas Sparks book (which you have to be in the mood for), with a little less romance and more focus on survival.
Rating: 3.5 stars. Overall I thought the book was good. I would recommend it to Sparks fans or anyone interested in seeing the movie (which I think was better, but it’s always good to read the book first)