Jul 31, 2020Sean_Exon rated this title 3 out of 5 stars
Hatchet, is a fictional story of survival for 13 year old Brian Robeson. Shortly after his parents’ divorce, Brian was the sole passenger on a single engine plane flying to visit his father in Canada. The pilot suffered a heart attack and died. Brian crash landed into a lake surrounded by wilderness. He survived, but this city boy had to fend for himself in the unfamiliar backwoods. With his parents’ divorce heavy on his mind, he had to find ways to survive in his new “home”. He survived the wilderness for 54 days before being rescued. Through it all, Brian grew mentally and physically, and became independent. I enjoyed the fast pace at the beginning of this book. The pace made the story fun as I went through the pages learning about Brian’s life and misfortunes. This book showed that in order to survive a tough situation you must be mentally and physically fit. You may make beginner’s mistakes at first, but learning from these mistakes will greatly improve your situation. That was a huge life’s lesson to take away. Somewhere by the middle of the book, the story got repetitive and boring. The story repeated itself chapter after chapter talking about Brian’s daily life of endlessly hunting, sheltering, sleeping, hunting, sheltering, sleeping. The ending of the book was abrupt and a little bit of a letdown. I was actually expecting his rescue to be a bit more dramatic, like his parents hopping off the plane to a teary reunion. Nope, that did not happen.