Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Review: Hatchet

Hatchet: 20th Anniversary EditionTitle: Hatchet
Author: Gary Paulsen
Genre: Adventure, Fiction
Pages: 181
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books For Young Readers
Rating: 9/10

Are your parents divorced? If they aren’t then do they ever argue a lot? Brian Robeson’s parents had divorced because of a secret. Brian called it The Secret, and his dad knew nothing about it. But it was probably better that way.

Since his parents didn’t live near each other, Brian takes a plane to go meet his dad. But things take a turn for the worse and the plane crashes into a forest. Brian must survive until he is found. And that might take forever . . .

My favorite character in this book is Brian. Being stranded alone in a forest without any supplies except a hatchet seems hard. In the book, all missing planes are found in a day or two, if found. If they aren’t found by then the plane probably won’t be found at all. All Brian has to work with is a hatchet, and that hatchet may save his life.

One thing that I like about this book is that it has parts of it that just shock the reader, and that make the reader more curious about what’s going to happen to Brian. I think those parts just make the book a bit more intriguing, like The Secret. Mr. Paulsen describes The Secret as a nasty shock which I guess it would be if The Secret was happening to you.

I like the book Hatchet because it’s a book about a boy who can’t give up if he wants to live and must survive many days in a forest with only a survival pack and a hatchet. It shows that people can’t give up. They have to keep trying to get what they want because things are not free. You have to work to get them.

Will Brian last a week in the forest? Will he even last a day? Will he make it out of the forest alive? Will a plane even come and rescue him? Or will he be stuck in the forest for the rest of his life trying to survive ?

I liked this book a lot and I recommend it to everyone. It’s a book that I think would capture everyone’s interest and give anyone a good time.

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