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The River (Brian's Saga #2)

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  15,136 Ratings  ·  814 Reviews
"We 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 54 days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived.

Now the government wants him to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive. Soon the
Library Binding, 144 pages
Published May 11th 2004 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 1991)
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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, ...more
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
Apr 29, 2015 Will rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 tha ...more
Daniel Bastian
"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
BJ Rose
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, sendin
Jun 04, 2008 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 ...more
This sequel to the classic book "Hatchet" has an interesting story. With people wanting to shoot a documentary for Brian's famous story, a man named Derek comes and asks him if He and Derek, would go back into the eastern Canada wilderness, with Derek taking notes for military survival techniques. Once both Brian and Derek make it to the vast Canadian wilderness, a few days after arriving a freak lightning storm causes major conflict, and causes them to lose their communication with the rescue ...more
Mark Wilkerson
Aug 20, 2013 Mark Wilkerson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 Hatche
Sam Schoenick
Mar 19, 2014 Sam Schoenick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the book The River by Gary Paulsen. This book is an exceptionally good book. Gary Paulsen does a good job of describing the settings and what takes place in the book. The characters are very well described and fit the role in the book very well.

Brian who is the main character in this book fits the role perfectly. Brian is a high school kid who was stuck in the wild in a book before this. Brian has a very strong personality and is very strong as an individual. Brian has had a lot of things
Sheriden Haase
Brian Robeson has survived 44 days in the northern countryside with only a hatchet. Now the astronaunts want him to do it again to learn how he managed to do this. Brian was given a partner named Derick who would take notes on what he was doing. Something tragic happens and Brian has to save Derick. Derick fell into a coma and he needs medical treatment before six days, or he will die. Brian finds a map of the closest river so he builds a raft. He travels a long way down river with his partner ...more
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Matthew Tyler
Oct 14, 2014 Matthew Tyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The River by Gary Paulsen, is a sequel to his famous book Hatchet. The River is about Brian Robeson, who is now fifteen years old. Two years ago, Brian was stranded out in the Canadian wilderness for fifty-four days after crashing in a plane. Two years later, everything had returned to normal for him except one day when a man named Derek Holtzer visited him and his mom. He asked them about Brian going back into the woods to redo what he did two years ago, so that the military could use some surv ...more
Logan Feltz
Mar 31, 2016 Logan Feltz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found The River to be a very interesting, intriguing book. With Brian having gone through something like this before, I thought this journey of his would be easy. I didn't think that Derek would have survived being struck by lightning.

In this book, Brian is sent back out into the woods, except this time, he has Derek there observing him to see how he survives. They are there for three days before a thunder storm hits. There is massive lightning strikes all around, and o
Kyle Loehrke
May 14, 2015 Kyle Loehrke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought The River was a very good and exciting book. The first book I read by Gary Paulsen was Hatchet. I enjoyed reading that book, so I looked for more books by him, and I found The River. The River is a book that takes place after Brian gets rescued from the wilderness after forty four days. When Brian got rescued, the government thought that he was really good at survival technique for surviving, so they asked him to teach the government official how to survive with nothing. Brian agreed a ...more
Isaac Sheets
Dec 04, 2014 Isaac Sheets rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The River is insane. Like if you ever got thrown in the situation Brian went through in this book you would go insane. He was sent by the government to again go get lost in the woods and survive, but this Brian would have a buddy with him named Derek. Things going as Gary Pualsen does so though Derek gets in a coma. So that sets up the insane adventure. Thats why i give this story 5 stars because its totally crazy and unbelievable. All the river scenes (hints the name) get more miserable and int ...more
Kate Matson
"We 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 54 days with nothing but a small hatchet. Yet he survived.
Now the government wants him to go back into the wilderness so that astronauts and the military can learn the survival techniques that kept Brian alive. Soon the project backfires, though, leaving Brian with a wounded partner and a long river to navigate. His only hope is to bui
2.5 stars
George Fox
Mar 29, 2015 George Fox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
George Fox

-The River by Gary Paulsen
-The main characters in The River are Brian, a fourteen year old boy and Derek, Brian’s guide in the wilderness.
-Brian, a fourteen year old boy, survives a plane crash that he lands in a lake in the wilderness. He is alone and scared but survives for two months, until he is able to get help and returns home. Now the government has asked him to go back and do it again, in order to teach people how to survive in the wild. Brian is taken in the wilderness
May 30, 2011 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book The River is about the boy nmaed Brian and he is also the main character from Hatchet. In this book three guys come to Brian's house to see if he would like to go back to the same forest that he was stranded in and spend some time camping there. The reason is the men wanted to know how to survive in the woods. Brian will teach one of the men how to survive in the wilderness so then they can teach it to other people. At first Brian thought that it was a crazy idea, but he decided that it ...more
Martin B
This story had showed me to fight against your fears and when you fight against them you won’t fear them again. First I’m going just to tell you a short summary on the main parts of this book. This story is about a guy called Brian ones few years ago he had crash and pass more than 1 month in an island with nobody else, until finally he found a packet with a radio and called another airplane to rescue him, some years pass and the government want Brian to teach them how to survive in the forest w ...more
Jason Darnell
Apr 11, 2011 Jason Darnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The River" By Gary Paulsen is sort of like a follow up to his earlier award winning book "The Hatchet". In this epic thrilling book Brian, the main character, is headed back to the wilderness to do it all over again. Of course he's not doing this under his free will, the government has asked him to do go back so that they can study the techniques that kept Brian alive. These techniques will be used by the military and astronauts who need these skills to survive. But Brian isn't going alone, he ...more
Oct 27, 2013 Dylan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The River”

This book by Gary Paulsen entitled “The River” is the second book of his series which followed “The Hatchet”. I think you will enjoy Paulsen’s book about bravery, determination, and the strong will to survive.
The book begins with Brian at his home where he is approached by two government agents and a psychologist that want him to go back out into the wild. Brian not only survived a plane crash two years prior but was able to survive being stranded on an island for 56 days. The agen
Jul 18, 2013 Allison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I can't think of anyone
Recommended to Allison by: NMBS Summer Reading List 2013
I was sincerely disappointed in this sequel to Hatchet especially in consideration of the fact that Hatchet was far better than I'd imagined it would be. I find it hard to believe that many 15-year-old American kids would possess the driving character traits Paulsen has endowed the main character, Brian Robeson, within The River.

In the interest of preserving the details of the content and storyline, I will not give away the essence of the plot to substantiate my review. I can say this, the only
This book was about brain in the last book it talked about him going on a plane and falling out of the sky the he survived in a deserted place and got out safely. This book is similar because at the beginning there is a person named Derick to see how he did it so he wanted brain to go out and do it again, but this time Derick would be at his side the whole time to take notes and if anything happened all he had to do was radio in. But then something tragic happened. The person that he was
Kristy Johnson
Sep 14, 2016 Kristy Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many students have fallen in love with the survival story, "Hatchet," by Gary Paulsen. In this book, "The River," readers reconnect with Brian as he enters the wilderness once again and is forced to find his way to safety. This is a quick read, but each moment is captivating and full of twists. I own multiple copies of this book for good reason - it hooks so many readers and draws them into the written word!

Guided Reading Level R
Jan 10, 2015 Blaire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is awesome it had a lot of action. And I think this book should be the 3rd book because its about a whole different story and the 3rd book is about the 1st book. I liked this book a lot and wan't to finish the last book. The book is about a boy who is stranded on a lake unless he can travel 100 miles to a trading place and his guide is unresponsive. Find out of he makes it or not. This book is a level V.
Oct 02, 2010 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 26, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
how have I never heard of Gary Paulsen before? His Brian Robeson series has been around since I was in grade school, but I never heard about the books -- which follow a young boy's attempts to survive in the wilderness -- until recently. I wish I'd read them as a teen, but I still like them as an adult.
Charles Lai
Oct 08, 2015 Charles Lai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read was The River by Gary Paulsen. This story is the sequel to the book Hatchet. The main character is Brian, after his time in the forest a few men asked him to teach and show them how to survive, so they can teach others. Something goes wrong in the book that makes Brian go through the same thing in Hatchet, except he has someone with him. Brian is a brave and strong teenager that has gone through so much and had learned a lot from nearly dying and starving. He does seem like a bel ...more
Travis Bughi
I didn't find this book nearly as riveting as the first and third one. I actually read this book after reading #1 and #3, so this book took an entirely different turn in my opinion. Brian was now not just trying to save himself, alone in the wilderness, he was also responsible for the life of another.

This story didn't resonate with me that well. I was used to, liked, and wanted to read more about Brain vs nature on his own grounds. However, there was still plenty of danger, excitement, and hair-
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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 adve
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Other Books in the Series

Brian's Saga (5 books)
  • Hatchet (Brian's Saga, #1)
  • Brian's Winter (Brian's Saga, #3)
  • Brian's Return (Brian's Saga, #4)
  • Brian's Hunt (Brian's Saga, #5)

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“In a real situation, like when I was here before, there were things wrong—going wrong. The plane didn’t land and set me on the shore. It crashed. A man was dead. I was hurt. I didn’t know anything. Nothing at all. I was, maybe, close to death and now we’re out here going la-de-da, I’ve got a fish; la-de-da, there are some more berries.” 2 likes
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