“Impasse” reviewed by Kirolos Abdelmalek

Impasse is a well-written novel by Royce Scott Buckingham. This legal thriller follows Stu, a lawyer who manages to end up in modern-day Alaska on a little “trip” and overcomes the threats he finds in the wild, learns to adapt, and even manages to start something bigger of his own.

Stuart Stark is a modern-day lawyer who was fired from his job because of a blunder he made working on the biggest case of his career. He later finds himself working in a small law firm owned and operated by him and his partner, Clayton Buchanan. Stark is living the life of a moderate income, to which his wife Katherine is unaccustomed. When his partner Clayton comes up with a scheme to earn money, Katherine is all for it. After putting their heads together, they decide to send Stu on a small “adventure” to Alaska for a week.

Although Stu is cautious at first, he gives in to his friend and wife. He sets out on the trip hoping to experience some thrill for once in his life, but this is no ordinary trip. Stu has been dropped off in Alaska with nothing but himself, but he soon realizes that his close friend and wife have left him to die. Stu is enraged, determined to survive, and sure to come back for revenge.

I personally loved Impasse. It had me in suspense for the most part, and as someone who had loved The Count of Monte Cristo, I found this book to be a refreshing retelling. This book was not a hard read by any means; however, it would be recommended for more mature readers. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good thriller.

Kirolos Abdelmalek is a junior in the Gifted program at Hahnville High. He enjoys playing basketball, reading, and spending time with friends.

Editor’s note: Book reviews are published throughout the summer and fall in agreement with Hahnville High School gifted English teacher Deborah Unger in conjunction with the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program and Unger’s “Adolescents Advocate Literacy” Brown Service Learning Grant.


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