The River

The River

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Two years after Brian Robeson survived fifty-four days alone in the Canadian wilderness, the government wants him to head back so they can learn what he did to stay alive. This time Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him. But a freak storm leaves Derek unconscious. Brian's only hope is to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post. He's survived with only a hatchet before—now can Brian build a raft and navigate an unknown river? For the first time it's not only Brian's survival that's at stake.
ISBN: 9780440229674
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Aug 29, 2020

Least enjoyed of all the series. Escalates quickly and unrealistically. Not bad adventure tale if can separate those aspects.

Jul 17, 2020

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.

May 03, 2020

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.

Aug 02, 2018

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.

Jul 02, 2018

Not as good as Hatchet but still really good!!

Jul 27, 2016

Read this after reading Hatchet, then Brian's Winter.

May 29, 2016

Quick, interesting read. Not quite as good as Hatchet, but still a very good YA book. Brian is amazing.

Mar 17, 2015

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. ^^

Jul 31, 2013

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.

Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

really good book!


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Ninja_Kevin Jun 17, 2012

I have just finished the book called. “The River” by Gary Paulsen a realistic-fiction book. In this book the protagonist is Brian Robeson a fourteen year old teenager. The setting which most took place was the forest of Northern Canada. Brian is trying to go to Canada by an airplane to see his father during the summer; however, the pilot had a heart attack and died the plane; however, went out of control and Brian and the pilot fell down into a lake in the Northern Canada forest. The protagonist is the obstacles is the things in the forest that is trying to get him dead, for an example: the mosquitoes are keep on biting him and lead poison into his body which could lead him to death. So now continuing the second book, he is still trying to survive and trying to find help by fixing the radio and using things from the fallen airplane.


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