The River

The RiverWe Want You To Do It Again These Words, Spoken To Brian Robeson, Will Change His Life Two Years Earlier, Brian Was Stranded Alone In The Wilderness For Fifty Four Days With Nothing But A Small Hatchet Yet He Survived Now The Government Wants Him To Do It Again To Go Back Into The Wilderness So That Astronauts And The Military Can Learn The Survival Techniques That Kept Brian AliveThis Time He Won T Be Alone Derek Holtzer, A Government Psychologist, Will Accompany Him To Observe And Take Notes But During A Freak Storm, Derek Is Hit By Lightning And Falls Into A Coma Their Radio Transmitter Is Dead Brian Is Afraid That Derek Will Die Of Dehydration Unless He Can Get Him To A Doctor His Only Hope Is To Build A Raft And Try To Transport Derek A Hundred Miles Down The River To A Trading Post If The Map He Has Is Accurate

Although he was never a dedicated student, Paulsen developed a passion for reading at an early age After a librarian gave him a book to read along with his own library card he was hooked He began spending hours alone in the basement of his apartment building, reading one book after another Running away from home at the age of 14 and traveling with a carnival, Paulsen acquired a taste for

[Epub] ❦ The River Author Gary Paulsen –
  • Paperback
  • 160 pages
  • The River
  • Gary Paulsen
  • English
  • 10 November 2018
  • 9780440227502

10 thoughts on “The River

  1. says:

    brian is such a tool only maybe it s not brian s fault, maybe it s gary paulsen s fault for really trying to determine the limits of a reader s tolerance i am comfortable with suspending disbelief i watched lost well past the comfort point because of some innate need to see something through to its end thanks, dad that impulse applies here as well i will read all the books in this damn series because, like kasia, i can t NOT read them fortunately, these only take about an hour to read, and they do feed my greedy survivalist bug, so there s somewhat of a purpose to it all.however i have to call bullshit Hatchet i can understand small plane pilot has heart attack brian is stranded in the wilderness with nothing and must learn to live in the wild awesome this one brian is in a different wilderness with a man who works for the government to re enact the experiment for the benefit of psychology and its applications etc etc and then lightning strikes old government johnny and he goes into lightning coma this is all on the back of the book, relax but really lightning brian, there s a point where you have to stop and think that maybe you re the bad seed in these scenarios maybe just being near you leads to disaster, and the wilderness is the best place for you, where you can t destroy anybody else think about it but at least there is this Out here, in nature, in the world, food is everything All the other parts of what we are, what everything is, don t matter without food I read somewhere that all of what man is, everything man has always been or will be, all the thoughts and dreams and sex and hate and every little and big thing is dependent on six inches of topsoil and rain when you need it to make a crop grow food that s all i did think about food You watch other animals, birds, fish, even down to ants they spend all their time working at food Getting something to eat.That s what nature is, really getting food And when you re out here, having to live, you look for food Food first Food Food.and me, stuffed on french toast and grapefruit, would have to agree.

  2. says:

    Since this is a kids book, I think you need to hear a review from a 13 year old like me First of all I think you need to know I never liked reading books until I read the first book of the series, Hatchet What I liked about this series is that the main character is my age and he develops survival skills over time There is a lot of action that is plotted outdoors I am not going to spend time summarizing The River , because it can be found on the back of the book, In The River I liked that he saved not just himself, but another person as well, which shows self sacrifice I can relate to Brian s intense imagination He is always thinking everything through and picturing it in his mind He also likes to put himself to the test He was offered a lot of survival gear but he decided to leave it behind in the plane If you re searching for an action packed book with strong character qualities, for your child like my mom was, this would be an awesome pick.

  3. says:

    So what gets Brian back out in the woods is somewhat silly, yet once he s there it gets pretty good and you feel much the same way as the first Then all the sudden toward the end, it feels like he rushes all the way to the end and it s over The book is not perfect and it s still worthy to be in this series I think it s funny that a psychologist goes with him He s trying to write down everything he says So funny, I can totally see that happening It s too bad he didn t get a better experience.

  4. says:

    Recommended to follow up Books 1 2 Hatchet The River with this one, then continue with the others in publishing order.

  5. says:

    A sequel so disappointing it actually takes away from my enjoyment of the original The premise here is so implausible as to be laughable, if it weren t so painful spoiler alert Seriously The government has nothing better to do than enlist a CHILD to RELIVE his most harrowing life event, from which he very nearly didn t survive, and whose survival HE HIMSELF attributes to luck They couldn t just, you know, ask about it And, of course, the plot is moved along by lightning Right And, of course, survivalist boy has to save the day Of course he would never think to toss old coma pants to the raging surf below He can construct a raft in a single day He can go without food or sleep for a week He can remain good and caring and not a bit cranky And, of course, no harm done in the end.The writing style, which is repetitious and a little silly even in Hatchet, now makes exactly NO SENSE since hero boy HAS SOMEONE TO TALK TO It was forgivable in Hatchet, since it gave a sort of stream of consciousness effect that worked for me.

  6. says:

    Well, to make it short, we want you to do it again. When last we left Brian, he had just come out the other end of a harrowing survivathon in the woods fifty four days, alone with only a hatchet, of channeling his inner hunter gatherer It came to be known in Brian s mind as The Time the experience that changed him, molded him, transformed him His conception of food, of time, of nature, the way he approaches the luxuries of modern life all had taken on a different tint from before.Brian, now fifteen, is just beginning to adjust to his previous life when a government research group solicits him to replicate his experience for scientific study, in particular to help illuminate the psychological component behind the human will to survive that was surely in play during Brian s extemporized escapade He would be accompanied by one other person, an amanuensis of sorts to chronicle Brian s thoughts and emotions in real time This time, however, they would have supplies, including a two way radio, but for emergency purposes only.Brian registers a note of incredulity, not to mention trepidity at having to relive the horrors he can t forget, but which shortly gives way to sincere interest His mother objects, of course, on grounds of common sense and basic parental concern, but eventually comes around as well If anyone could help others survive in similar situations, it s Brian And so begins Part Deux of The Time.Truth be told, there s really not much that sets The River apart from Hatchet Mishaps occur, things go from worse to horribly worse, instincts kick into sixth gear and Brian does what needs to be done Sure, there s Derek, Brian s companion this time around, but for reasons that present themselves almost upon arrival, he brings little to the companionship side of the equation Like the first, details are scarce how Brian manages to build a sustainable raft is rushed through, as is the rest of the truncated misadventure Other than to cash in a crowd pleasing sequel to a popular predecessor, there was no reason for this book to be written This is a token case of been there, done that , and Paulsen should have pumped the brakes But as I m just now seeing, he didn t stop here, either he churned out no less than three clones for Brian and his readers to traipse through While his teenage audience may derive some nourishment for their survivalist bug in these endless spinoffs, Paulsen would have done well to quit while he was ahead, or for that matter, behind.Note This review is republished from my official website.

  7. says:

    Hatchet was one of my favorite books as a young boy it fed my desire to travel far away from my suburban existence to face the unknown And here was a boy forced into extraordinary circumstances who survived I didn t care that it was fiction and highly unlikely at times I teach Hatchet now to my 7th graders and they enjoy it especially the boys for the same reasons I did.I only recently discovered that Gary Paulsen wrote several sequels to Hatchet, three now to be exact So I re read Hatchet and then prepared to continue on new adventures into the wild with Brian Robeson except that, from the first page, something about this story is not quite right.It starts with a ridiculous premise A team of adults comes to Brian to admit that we being THE Army, THE astronauts, very vague here pretend to survive But nobody in our field has ever had to do it.We want you to teach us Not from a bookbut really teach us This is just too much to believe Having been in the U.S Army, I can say that there is little here that Brian could actually teach a group of specially trained adults about survival But, I understand, it s a YA book, the premise can be silly I guess, though I expect better from Paulsen nevertheless, I soldiered on Soon enough, Brian finds himself with an odd companion in the wild I say odd because he is with a psychologist, you know, one with a PhD, but this man speaks with child like wonder and follows Brian around writing down all of Brian s thoughts and actions, however trivial they might beand they are trivial, believe me Anyway, disaster soon strikes the extremely child like pyschologist and Brian is left to save the day, in a plot that winds and weaves and rolls lazily by like the river that this story is appropriately named after This story is smaller in scope, covering a mere couple of days, one week at the most, whereas the first novel covered a span of nearly two months Prepare yourself for that, readers, and be prepared for a let down.There are some issues that I m not used to experiencing in a Gary Paulsen story there is no real tension in the story no real build up to a climax no real character development of Brian or any at all from his companion Part of what made Hatchet so readable was that Brian discovered something new about himself and about his environment every moment he was in the wild Here, Brian just states words along the likes of I ve been here before So have I, the reader, and I expected This feels like a cash grab by Paulsen there was no reason for this book to be written I hope for better from the other sequels, and, again, I expect better from Gary Paulsen

  8. says:

    Mixed feelings on this one The plot was somewhat repetitive from the first book of the series Hatchet and the primary plot mover was implausible However, for the primary audience of this book, boys who are about 10 12 years old who like adventure survival books, it again featured the value of self reliance and ingenuity As an aside I do not ever plan to go into the Canadian Northwoods with Brian Seems to be hazardous to one s health.

  9. says:

    In Hatchet, 13 year old Brian Robeson was forced to spend 54 days alone in the Canadian wilderness when the bush plane pilot had a fatal heart attack and crash landed in a lake, leaving Brian with nothing but his hatchet.Now a government survivalist organization wants him to do it again, so they can improve the way they teach survival techniques Things are going fairly smoothly well, Brian learned a lot in his ordeal but lightning strikes the government man through their 2 way radio, sending him into a coma and frying the radio This time he doesn t even have his hatchet just two pocket knives, a map, and the clothes they re wearing But somehow Brian must get an unconscious, injured man 100 miles downriver to a trading post before Derek dies of dehydration.Too often, a sequel doesn t live up to the original story, but this one definitely does Once the lightning struck, I could not put this down.

  10. says:

    People compare this book to Hatchet I personally think Hatchet worse than this book For people who think it is just one misadventure after another must not have great taste in books This book consists of all the fundamentals of a great book action, adventure, love, humor It isn t as much as getting into the mishaps but how he gets out of them Brian having save someone while also having to survive the harsh conditions of the Candadian wilderness was intriging Paddling down the river was awfully slow various other things were slow, too Altogether this book was desent but deffinently not the best.

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