The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life

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If you’re like me you imagine the simplest things as death traps. “If I carry something sharp I might fall and kill myself… I should really triple check the stove to make sure I turned it off… Tiniest amount of turbulence in an airplane means we’re going down.” I’ve gotten better in recent years, but this book tried to push me back to my worrying ways.

The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life was charming if not particularly edifying. I learned a few things, but mostly I enjoyed the harrowing stories.

The narration is a bit jumpy. A story would be right at the climax and Sherwood would suddenly switch stories. I understand he was doing that to draw out the tension but it wasn’t necessary and it tended to draw me out of the story.

Overall the stories were well-chosen and had interesting twists. It’ll make you wonder what kind of person you are in an emergency, and there’s an online quiz you can take to find out. I didn’t take the quiz. Mainly because I was never near a computer and didn’t want to interrupt my reading for it.

The tips included were unusual, but helpful to those specific situations. If you’re afraid of flying there are some good tips about how to do it as safely as possible. Other than that the best advice was:

To live well and dodge bad luck, you need to focus on the state of mind of good possibilities.

I’ll be doing just that and I hope you will, too.

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