Book: Hatchet

Author: Gary Paul Sen

Rating: 4.5/5

Hatchet-Gary Paul Sen

Hatchet is an engaging book about a 13 year old boy named Brian. Brian takes a vacation to see his Dad who lives across the U.S. To get where he is going, he has to go to a small airport that has no security and get on a plane where the only other person is the pilot. As the plane leaves the airport, Brian remembers he still has his hatchet which is on his belt. Luckily, the pilot does not mind. About half way between his mother and father, and over the forest, the pilot starts feeling sick. Brian realizes the pilot is having a heart attack, and braces for impact. Brian wakes up and soon realizes he is in the wild completely by himself. He is achy and tired, but he knows he must find food and shelter. As he lives in the wild for weeks after weeks, he faces many obstacles. Brian must find clean water, find and cook food, fight off animals, and face terrible weather.

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Social/Historical context:

I believe the Authors main point was just to entertain, but at the same time there is a message behind this story. On top of the author showing great examples of perseverance, this is a book that could very well be based off of a true story. It is something that could or could have happened at any point in history, and I believe the author wanted that to be known. Although this is a fictional book, it is an inspirational one. 

Writing Style:

This book is written in 1st person. The language is common language, and there is no suggestive language or scenarios. The book is written like a narrative.

My Thoughts:

I believe this is an amazing book! The story was easy to follow, and I was hooked almost immediately. There are so many different things that happened that make you want to read on and want to know what happens next. The book has a lot of action and suspense, and it will definitely keep you on the edge of your seat. This is a book that I would HIGHLY recommend checking out, for any age. Whether you are 12 or 21, I believe this book will keep you entertained! 

Book Reviewed by Joey Padgett

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