Hatchet: A Review

hatchetGary Paulson‘s novel Hatchet is the 1987 Newberry Award Winner. It’s a young adult novel about a young man’s survival all alone in the wilderness.

When Brian’s parents got divorced and his father moved away, he never imagined what it would be like to have to travel between his parents homes. He feels like he’s being split in two. Midair on his way to his father’s new home, Brian’s plane crashes and he is the only survivor. The only thing he has with him is the hatchet his mother gave him as a birthday gift.

He has to battle starvation, the weather, and animals in the mountains he’s trapped by. Brian also has to struggle with the loneliness and his recurring memories of the home he once shared with both parents until he found his mother cheating on his father. He struggles with anger at his mother, anger at himself, and anger at the world around him and finds he must let it go in order to survive in the forest.

Definitely a good novel. I wish I had read it when I was younger. I felt like I’ve read different variations on this novel and didn’t feel supremely impressed by any of it. Regardless, I would definitely read this author again. Great novel if you’re into survival in the wilderness.

One response to “Hatchet: A Review

  1. dating myself here, but I remember reading this book when it first came out. Still remember it. That’s quality writing right there.

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