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The Transall Saga

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,430 Ratings  ·  281 Reviews
Mark's solo camping trip in the desert turns into a terrifying and thrilling odyssey when a mysterious beam of light transports him to another time on what appears to be another planet. As Mark searches for a pathway back to his own time on Earth, he must make a new life in a new world. His encounters with primitive tribes bring the joy of human bonds, but violence and war ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 8th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published May 11th 1998)
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Jun 04, 2008 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Andrew by: Just saw it on a shelf
Shelves: gary-paulsen
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Shane M
Jan 14, 2016 Shane M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What if life as you know it just vanished in the blink of an eye? All of your friends and family just gone. This books genre is fiction.
I think this was a really good book because it talks about adjusting to life in another world and trying to survive with nothing.

The setting of my book is Earth in the beginning, and a different planet the rest of the book. This is very important to the story because it is all about Mark trying to survive in a place with jungles, people that look so, futuristi
Jun 25, 2008 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kim by: 12 year old son
Shelves: youngreader, fantasy
I was pretty impressed by this book. Considering that there were little to no books like this when I was young, my son has a wealth of books from which to choose. When I compare what was available to me 35-40 years ago to this book, I can't help but be impressed. Yes, the story can be a bit contrived at times, but it keeps you on your toes and keeps you wanting to know what happened. For a young-reader book, this one really delivers.
Frankie Navarro
May 18, 2014 Frankie Navarro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
may contain spoilers viewers descrition is advised ;) Transal saga The story begins with Mark Harrison a 13 year old kid, when he is hiking through the mountainous Magruder Missile Range ( a militarized zone) when he is struck by a mysterious blue beam of light. He wakes up in a strange world that he believes is an alien world :0 with things that are likeEarth. He uses his survival skills to live on this mysterious place and, while exploring the forest he discovers a camp with a group of human l ...more
I really enjoyed this book -- but then, I've really enjoyed all the books by Gary Paulsen that I've read, be it as a kid/teenager or adult. It was quick and easy, but interesting and not completely predictable. I do agree with some of the other reviewers that it can be a bit contrived at times -- but another way of looking at it is that Mark just had an insane amount of good luck over all (kind of like Brian in Hatchet, when you think about it, actually). Even when Mark got hurt, luck was still ...more
Kevin Gusdorf
May 01, 2015 Kevin Gusdorf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of the best books I have ever read. The plot was so interesting and cool. I loved the ending... And the way the author writes is just amazing. It was very fun to read and it just kept me engaged the whole time. I recommend this book for everyone!!
Michael M
May 01, 2015 Michael M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really did enjoy this book and I think people who really like adventures and something that is always happening in the book and nothing's boring. READ THIS BOOK!
Seth Warner
Apr 06, 2016 Seth Warner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember loving this book in 7th grade. Probably worth a re-read.
Trent Zirker
May 01, 2015 Trent Zirker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 25, 2010 Joe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 27, 2015 Ashlynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really didn't think I was going to like this book but I was outrageously surprised. The ending to this story was so beautiful. In the hope the end gives, it's also quite sad. I don't want to give anything away, but if you even remotely like science fiction you should read it. The sci-fi aspect is very watered down. It's more of a survival story with a dash of science fiction and a small portion of romance.

The more I reflect on it, the more I just loved this story. Despite having read it 10+ y
Even though Gary Paulsen isn't known for his science fiction, this is definitely a master work of the genre. I think this is one of the earliest pieces of science fiction I read and it set the bar pretty high for everything else. The characters, the setting, the suspenseful plot, it all made this book impossible to put down. Strangely, looking back I think of this as similar to the first Marvel Thor movie in some respects. I know that's a strange parallel to draw, but I think, if you read this, ...more
Kat O'B
When I recently asked a visiting, college-age young man his favorite book, he named The Transall Saga. He remembered loving it and reading it more than once during his middle school years. I thought we had all of Paulsen's books on our middle school library shelves, and I was surprised that I had never heard of this book! It is a interesting combination of sci-fi/dystopian mixed with survival story. I wasn't liking it very well at the beginning of the book when main character Mark finds himself ...more
I Liked this book. I really did. The concept was intriguing, the writing wasn't bad, the characters were fairly realistic.

But there were these little thing that ticked me off.

1) Mark's use of expression. In this book, we meet people who speak a language other than English. And Mark learns this language, but he likes to use English expressions of speech. For instance: MArk is training with one these people, named Sarbo. Sarbo tells him to come back first thing tommorow morning. Mark says "Wild h
Harsha R
Sep 24, 2015 Harsha R rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few days ago, I finished The Transall Saga by Gary Pualsen. I think that it is a great book and everyone should try it.

The Transall Saga is about a 13 year old boy called Mark Harrison. One day, when he is going hiking through the Magruder Missile Range (an army base),he gets struck by a mysterious stream of blue light. He wakes up in what he thinks is a new planet and survives by eating a rock-like fruit. After hiking for a few days, he finds a small town with short human like people who inv
Sparker 87
Apr 11, 2008 Sparker 87 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was an amazing book. it had great detail and really exciting.i finished the day i started reading it. i love all books and you can send me some books you think are good at put you e-mail addres and ill try to find it and read it and ill see if i like it
Those of you who reread: you know what I am talking about when I say that the time had come for me to reread this book from my childhood. This feeling manifests itself by a book, its settings, events, or characters coming across ones thoughts with increasing frequency. This has been the case for a while now for Transall Saga. I brought it home with me from my Easter break, and it has been waving patiently, happily from its place on my shelf since then.

Still a good book. I have to laugh a little
Chaney Keffeler
Mar 30, 2015 Chaney Keffeler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very interesting book. It was about this boy who found this ball when he was hiking and he went to check it out and then it sucked him into another world that was red everywhere like Mars. He got attacked by many animals and then he made a friend that was monkey. He later found a colony full of human-like creatures that didn't speak English. Throughout the book it talks about these people and how he learned to speak their language. At the end of the book he found the ball on the islan ...more
Russell Drowota
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Feb 21, 2014 Gunnar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen, there is a young boy named Mark who loves to go hiking and camping by himself in the desert. But one day when he was camping, Mark found a mysterious blue light, and when he reached out to touch it, he was transported to another time. Mark has to learn to adapt and evolve in the new time, he has to learn to survive in this strange new place. I thought this book was an amazing book. I rate it ten out of five stars because it was just so good. I recom ...more
Sep 13, 2014 Carmelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
My 10 year old loves this book and pressured me into reading it :) I almost couldn't get through it. I actually like a lot of YF and YA books but this one could not hook me. I kept feeling like it was a rough draft: the characters were flat, the plot segmented, the dialogue unrealistic, and the ending not simply unresolved but as if the English class bell rang and so the essay was rushed to at least end with a complete sentence. The narrator's voice on the audio book did not seem to be a good fi ...more
Reign Warner
I'd say that this is one primitive adventure into the possible cataclysmic future. It was like ala Armageddon-ish for a moment then turned into somewhat like 12 Monkeys in the end. It was an endearing sophistication to read a middle-grade book. 4.00 stars for this.

Technically, Mark seemed to developed existential instincts with the misadventures that he had experienced with all of Transall. It was just a center cinematic proportion to a supposed-to-be-sequel if it weren't for the book being a st
Christopher Milton
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Jessica Harmon
There's this subreddit "tip of my tongue", where people post half remembered book, songs, movies, whatever, and the rest of the internet chips in and remembers the book for you. It's amazing. I don't know why, but this book, the Transall Saga, shows up on there more often than any other book. My brother has had this book, and most Gary Paulsen books, for years, but I never read any of them but Hatchet. But since I kept seeing it online, I decided to see what all the fuss was about.

This book, fo
Jan 21, 2009 Gunne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like adventure and time travel stories.
I first read this book under the name Blue Light, and hell, it was a long read, back then when people like me weren't accustomed to inch-thick books like Harry Potter. I was about 15 I think, and having been brought up on thin books and short stories, didn't quite have the attention span of completing the book without breaks. But you know something is good when you keep coming back for more. I took breaks, and really, I think breaks are one of the better judges to whether a book is addictive eno ...more
Apr 26, 2010 Josiah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
In some ways, Gary Paulsen has gone an entirely new route in this book. The Transall Saga takes place mostly in a sort of futuristic society, though one that differs greatly from the cultures found in most science fiction tomes. This land (called "Transall") to which Mark has been unexpectedly transported is far inferior to our modern world in terms of technology and personal development, placing more emphasis on war and looting than on nobility of character.

Mark, age thirteen, has suddenly le
Jun 14, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paulsen should write more dystopians. He's good at them. Even though they're geared towards a younger market, I do think his books appeal to all ages.

The Transall Saga finds Mark, a teenager on his first camping trip by himself. He's not out long when a brilliant tube of light transports him to what he thinks is another world. Here things are just off, animals are different, vegetation is different, and the people while similar, aren't like they were where he came from. But after facing numerous
Jul 27, 2011 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite writers from my Childhood is Gary Paulsen. Brian's Saga brought us into a unique world of Survival. His Adventure's series captivated readers with vivid mysteries and adventures. The hijinx of Dunc and Amos always brought a smile to my face. Of all of Paulsen's work, though The White Fox Chronicles were my favorite. This is a book that I still pull off of my shelf at least once a year to give a read. I feel a bit blasphemous saying this, but I think I enjoyed the Transall Saga ...more
Nov 07, 2012 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Mark has always loved hiking and backpacking - in theory. He's read all the magazines, but he's never been on a real trip, until the day his parents allow him to hike across a missile range. It should have only been a brief hike, but then a mysterious light appears, and Mark wakes up in a bizarre world, where the plants are red, the sky is yellow, and nothing is familiar. Mark has to figure out how to survive, which is simple, if not easy, until the day that he finds the arrow-people
Oct 18, 2011 Zach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a kid named Mark Harrison who is my age (thirteen) and goes on a solo camping trip in the desert. His mom is extremely worried about this camp and threatened to call the national guard if he was a day late home. Mark was very experienced in wilderness survival and was confident. Although, neither of these things would have helped him in the situation he was in. He was transported to what seems to be another planet! Mark comes across many different tribes and experiences war an ...more
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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.

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