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“Hatchet” Book Report
The name of the book I chose to read is “Hatchet”. This novel is an adventure book written by Gary Paulsen. The book is about a teenager Brian who was on a flight to visit his fathers house and the plane crashes. Throughout the story, Brian is forced to learn how to live life in the forest on his own. I chose to read this book because I have always liked to read adventure books and this story seemed to have an interesting storyline. After reading this story, it is one of my favourite books that i’ve read, and I never felt forced to read this.
The majority of “Hatchet” is set in the Canadian Wilderness, near a lake in the summer. This is the location where Brian is forced to live for over 40 days, alone. In the story, there is only 4 characters mentioned in the story. Brian (main character) is a teenager who is currently stressing over the divorce of his parents, and the secret about his mother that his father doesn’t know. Brians Mom & Dad (secondary characters) are separated and are desperately trying to make Brian Happy. The Pilot (secondary character) is flying Brian to his Dads house and he suffers a massive heart attack. He ends up dying.
The story starts off with Brian on a flight on the way to visit his father in Canada. His parents are recently divorced and Brian constantly is thinking about “the secret” his father is unaware about which regards why they divorced. Suddenly it starts to smell very bad in the plane, and it is coming from the pilot. He complains of chest pains, and then before you know it, he suffers a massive heart attack, and the pilot is dead. Eventually the plane runs out of fuel and crashes into a lake. Brian manages to pull himself out of the wreckage and is in bad condition.
Over the story, Brian learns how to find food, water, and create a shelter. At first life is very difficult and Brian is barely able to survive. He encounters many things like skunks, porcupines, a bear, and snapping turtles. As time goes by though, he develops a regular routine and gets used to life in the forest. Eventually once finding an emergency receiver the plane wreckage, he is rescued from the forest by emergency officials who were looking for the plane wreckage, and goes back to his normal, but now looks upon life in a new perspective.
I found after reading “Hatchet”, I found that the characters are very realistic and I could relate to them in some way. After reading the story, I got a very good idea of what Brian was like and his feeling on his new life in the forest. When he was going through tough times, the book was very descriptive so I felt somewhat connected to how he felt. The setting of the book which was in the Canadian wilderness was very well described in detail so I could very easily picture what Brian’s living conditions were and when I was reading the book, it was like a movie was going on inside my head subconsciously .
The storyline and plot of this book was very simple, but it was also very good. “Hatchet” is a book that’s extremely easy to follow. Its simply a day by day account of what Brian goes through living in the forest alone. Thats it. But its what goes on during the days that makes this book great as it always has you wondering “what’s next?”. I don’t normally like reading, but I actually wanted to read this book as there was lots of cliffhangers.
My favourite part of the story was when Brian was pulling himself out of the wreckage. It was my favourite part because as I was reading I couldn’t stop myself. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next, whether he was gonna survive, and what he was going to do if he did get out alive. It was a continuous edge of my seat moment. My favourite character from the story was Brian, because he was the only character I got to know throughout the story, since for most the book he was alone in the forest.
If I had to recommend a novel for someone to read, my first suggestion would be “Hatchet”. It has a very simple storyline, but it is very interesting and intriguing to see how different things are without all the things in modern civilization we take for advantage. It is a book that I found my eyes glued to, and entering a world where I could very vividly experience Brians perspective on his situation. It also gave me a newfound appreciation for all that we have today, and I would like to pass it on to more people.