Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Title: Hatchet

Author: Gary Paulsen

Publisher: Puffin Books

Series Status: 1st novel in Brian’s Saga series

Page Count: 208

Rating: 2.5/5 stars Synopsis: Since it was first published in 1987, the story of thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson’s survival following a plane crash has become a modern classic. Stranded in the desolate wilderness, Brian uses his instincts and his hatchet to stay alive for fifty-four harrowing days.

This twentieth-anniversary edition of Hatchet contains a new introduction and sidebar commentary by Gary Paulsen, written especially for this volume. Drew Willis’s detailed pen-and-ink illustrations complement the descriptions in the text and add a new dimension to the book. This handsome edition of the Newbery Honor book will be treasured by Hatchet fans as well as by readers encountering Brian’s unforgettable story for the first time.

Review: I don’t really have a lot to say about this book, because there was not much to it. Even though this was a rather short novel, it felt like it dragged on forever to me. I disliked pretty much everything in this book.

Brian, the main character, is just one big whiny, shithead. Of course it would be terrifying to be put in the situation he is, trying to survive on your own for so long in the middle of nowhere, but why is he constantly thinking about this big “Secret”. I understand that it would be difficult, knowing that your mother cheated on your father with somebody else, and your dad has no idea. I get that. But why is it such a big deal in the middle of the wilderness. He was whiny, annoying, and just plain stupid.

Also, the ending felt extremely anticlimactic. There should have been more to it, after living alone in the wilderness for 54 days. The only reason I read this was because it is a classic, and my boyfriend has absolutely horrible taste in books.

Overall, this was a generally horrible book.

I give this novel 2.5/5 stars and would recommend it to no one.

For more reviews from readers of Hatchet, click here.

 

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