Hatchet was one of my more favorite survival books that I have
ever read. It begins as the main character Brian Robeson is going to
be flying to his father’s home in Canada. His mom just before he left
had bought him a hatchet. Forgetting how his hatchet was on his belt
he boarded his bush-plane. What he didn’t realize is that his hatchet
was going to be his only hope of survival for the next 54 days. On the plane ride his pilot dies from a heart attack and then Brian crashes into a lake in the middle of Canada Forest. He is able to get out of the plane because the windshield was broken in the crash, and he swims to land and then passed out. The next morning he wakes up and is super thirsty and wonders if he can drink the water from the lake. He figures that he drank a lot of it in the crash so he goes to a place where he sees no bugs and drinks straight up lake water. Afterword he dose a personal gear review and what he has is not alot. He has a finger nail clipper, 20 dollars, a small amount of change and the clothes on his back. He realizes that he needs to get shelter and finds and overhanging rock. He spend the night their and the next morning he goes out and looks for food. He finds what he calls choke berries and later gets sick off of them. The next few nights are a living hell for him. He is attacked by a porcupine and throws his hatchet at his rock wall and finds out that it is flint. He is now able to make fire and has problems with getting it going. He later gets it going and then in remembers the plane in the water and decides to get a raft to go and get the survival kit in the back of the plane. He is able to get the kit and goes through it. He has a .22 rifle, knife, fire starters, sleeping items, a emergency radar which he turns on, and a lot of food. As he is making the food a pilot picks up his signal and flies to rescue him. Brian is now saved.
What was the best part about the book is that Brian had the will to survive.