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Least enjoyed of all the series. Escalates quickly and unrealistically. Not bad adventure tale if can separate those aspects.
In some ways, this book was better than Hatchet, and in some ways, worse. The writing was miles better, and there wasn't nearly as much repetition in words and phrases, which provided a much more enjoyable reading experience. The downside here? It took almost 2/3 of the book to get to the actual titular river. There wasn't nearly enough time spent on the river, and it left me wanting. The circumstances which led Brian to be there in the first place are also a little far-fetched; the government wanting a 14 year old boy to teach him what he knows (really?) and his parents letting him go back into the wild to attempt to survive with a man he hardly knows. It was still fun and a fast read, and worthwhile if you liked Hatchet and want to continue with the series. As a stand-alone? I'd leave it.
I had a higher expectation for this book, but it did not meet it. The way Brian goes back to the woods is not believable. Why would the government need to learn from a kid? There are many well-trained survivalists in the world, but they chose a kid to teach them. The rest of the book is good; it brings back excitement from Hatchet. It was enjoyable to read, but it wasn't as good as Hatchet.
I read the book Hatchet first, and a year later I realized that there was a sequel. A really good and quick read, although Hatchet is still my favourite book. Definitely recommend reading Hatchet first.
Quick, interesting read. Not quite as good as Hatchet, but still a very good YA book. Brian is amazing.
After reading Hatchet, I found out The River is sequel to Hatchet, so I started to read. This is a really nice survival book, and really I like it. Can't wait to read Brian's Winter. ^^
This is a great book!!!!! I had read the first book, hatchet, and it was a really great book so I wanted to make sure I found the second one to see if I would like it too. It is a continuation of Brian's story... He's going back to the woods with a government psychologist and things don't go as planned.... It was a very good book, just like I suggested it would be.
this book is, although not as good and exciting as hatchet, good. it is about after Brian gets rescued, and then some people from the government has requested to make Brian go back to the woods again, teaching them how to survive, so they can teach people from the government. Brian agrees and then something terrible happens and has to survive and look after someone.
Not as good as Hatchet, The River still is exciting reading. Brian goes to a different wilderness location with a psychologist so that scientists can understand the psychological aspect of survival in the wilderness. They find shelter and build a fire, and then a thunderstorm changes their cozy life.