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The Hike by Drew Magary is as odd as its cover implies, but it is not actually the strangest book I’ve ever read ;-). If you enjoy things a bit strange, but with an intriguing mystery, I suspect this would be a fun book for you.
Note: I received an advanced copy of The Hike from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
The Hike by Drew Magary
Published by Viking Adult on Aug. 2nd, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Fantasy, Genre-bender
Page Length: 288 pages
How I got my copy: Publisher
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From the author of The Postmortal, a fantasy saga unlike any you’ve read before, weaving elements of folk tale and video game into a riveting, unforgettable adventure of what a man will endure to return to his family
When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.
On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.
At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary’s novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes readers on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival.
How is the writing style?
The writing is in third-person limited from Ben’s perspective, with some slang and colloquial grammar used even when he isn’t explicitly thinking to himself. Otherwise nothing with the writing stands out all that much and it captures the essence of an adult life in middle-class America pretty well.
General tone of the beginning
The first couple of chapters introduce Ben as a businessman staying at a hotel and deciding to go for a walk on the mountain. Everything seems normal and then some creepy guys in masks show up dragging a girl’s mutilated corpse. Ben then runs, gets lost, and strange things start happening. So yeah, kind of weird and gruesome right away.
Setting, genre, etc?
The Hike is definitely adult given Ben’s age and the initial events. Beyond that, it’s a bit hard to classify since it seems like a mix of science fiction, fantasy, and weird.
- My current read, leave me alone! (~5 stars)
- Reading in the near future *hides from TBR pile glare* (~4 stars)
- Hoping to get back to eventually (~3 stars)
- Probably not getting back to but someone else will like it (~2 stars)
- Don’t really want to push this copy on anyone else (~1 star)
The Hike is a bit too disturbing for me at the moment, but it’s the kind of book that will be perfect when I’m in the right mood for it. I love something different and I definitely think this falls into that category. I’m giving The Hike 3 stars, since I’m just going to wait until my mood fits it better.
Have you read this one yet? Are you inclined to check it out?
The Hike by Drew Magary
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