Flight 171 by Amy Christine Parker
Release Date: October 2022
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Devon Marsh is haunted by secrets. Like the identity of the person who killed her twin sister, Emily, in a hit and run accident last Halloween, which Devon has vowed to uncover. Like the things Devon said to Emily just before she died.
But she’s determined to start fresh when she boards a four-hour flight along with her classmates for their senior class ski trip. Devon never could have guessed those secrets would surface in the most terrifying way when a supernatural creature hijacks their flight and gives the students a deadly ultimatum:
Choose one among them to sacrifice before the end of the flight. Or the plane will crash.
As the clock ticks down, the creature slowly unearths the passengers’ deepest, darkest secrets—and reveals that one of the teens on the plane is responsible for Emily’s death. The students must agree on a sacrifice, or there won’t be any survivors. But can Devon find a way to stop the creature, or will she give in to her anger and let revenge take control?
Reading this two days before I jump on a plane might not have been the smartest move, but I am happy that I picked it up.
The creepy eerie idea that someone has to sacrifice themselves for others, is typical but the way that the students go about making those decisions gives off a Lord of the Flies type of societal stance. While in the beginning, everyone tried to do, “what was right,” it turned into releasing everyone’s secrets upon their peers causing the students to turn on one another in spite, hate, fear, disgust and shock.
While one part of my mind wished the students were capable of admitting their imperfections, while many of the students made poor decisions, a lot of the things done could have been avoided, but because we are viewing young adults (seniors) they took their best approach…to judge and vote amongst themselves despite the high level of emotions rolling throughout the passengers.
Surprisingly, the students reactions are not far from reactions that we’ve seen, whether it be real life or films such as, The Belko Experiment. The human race seems to be too incapable of logical thinking and removing their emotions from situations, would I be able to remove my emotions from the situation?
Isn’t it always frustrating how the evil/dark spirit or person latches onto secrets that we believe are most sacred, and yet had we told the truth a large percentage of reactions and affects could be avoided? The overall concept of truth and lies, murder, love, hate, and destruction that we as humans use to create or protect relationships are always very fragile.
The title, Flight 171 gave me a feeling of being trapped, I could only imagine what these characters were going through emotionally. I do appreciate that the, “game,” took place in an area in which the characters could not run from their problems, this of course got us to the answers we were searching for and in the fashion of many horror books the resolution of the evil.
While the ending seemed to be tidied up answering questions and saving lives, there’s always that last thought…did good really prevail? And there lies the unanswered question…does good really trump evil?
On to the next, be sure to READ THS!