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The Transall Saga by Gary Paulsen
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Dec 19, 13

Read in July, 2002

I have not read many of Paulsen's books and even though I believe he is a bit of an eclectic writer, this story seems to be a departure from his usual fare. I have read his Hatchet series of books and this has some similarities in that it deals with protagonist, Mark's, ability to survive in the wilderness. While hiking in the wilderness he is transported to another time/dimension where the people are little more than savages surviving in a world full of other savage creatures, some human, some not.
Eventually he learns that he is in Earth's future where society as we know it has dissolved due to an outbreak of first a virus and then nuclear war from the remaining inhabitants.
I liked this book as much as Hatchet though its tone is a bit different.

The ending has a nice sense of conclusion to it but also leaves Paulsen the possibility of a sequel. I have no idea, however, if he has even considered one.

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