I Am Still Alive

After: Jess is alone. Her cabin has burned to the ground. She knows if she doesn’t act fast, the cold will kill her before she has time to worry about food. But she is still alive—for now.

Before: Jess hadn’t seen her survivalist, off-the-grid dad in over a decade. But after a car crash killed her mother and left her injured, she was forced to move to his cabin in the remote Canadian wilderness. Just as Jess was beginning to get to know him, a secret from his past paid them a visit, leaving her father dead and Jess stranded. 

After: With only her father’s dog for company, Jess must forage and hunt for food, build shelter, and keep herself warm. Some days it feels like the wild is out to destroy her, but she’s stronger than she ever imagined. 

Jess will survive. She has to. She knows who killed her father…and she wants revenge.


“Kate Alice Marshall’s I AM STILL ALIVE may be the grand poobah of this season’s young adult thriller category, giving suspense pros like Lois Duncan and Stephen King a run for their (abundant) money. This tense wire of a novel thrums with suspense, but also unexpectedly poignant moments.”

The New York Times

“A taut, gripping page-turner with a strong female hero to root for.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“Marshall’s evocative, visceral language cultivates a vivid sense of the sheer physicality of Jess’ survival, and she breathes vibrant life not only into Jess’ character but also that of her irascible, loyal dog, Bo. With masterful pacing, rich characterization, a dynamic voice, and a thrilling blend of wilderness survival and revenge, this is an engrossing read from a writer to watch.”

Booklist, Starred Review

“Stayed up WAY too late last night because I could not put down the brilliant survival story I AM STILL ALIVE by Kate Alice Marshall. Oh my God. What a book.”

John Green, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars

“Marshall builds tension steadily as winter approaches and Jess plots her revenge. The diary format and Marshall’s immersive descriptions will hook readers into this exhilarating survival story.”

Publishers Weekly

“If Hatchet was your favorite book in grade school, but you wish it was filled with much more girl power, then I AM STILL ALIVE is the book you’ve been waiting for.”


“A gripping adventure…”

The Wall Street Journal

“An assured debut […] With no love interest or male authority figure coming to save the day, I AM STILL ALIVE is a refreshing feminist survival story with a distinctly cinematic feel.”

Entertainment Weekly

“This is a compelling survival story mystery that will have you flipping through the pages until you finish.”