4 stars

Brian Robeson, a thirteen-year-old boy from New York City, is on a small plane headed over the Canadian Wilderness to visit his recently divorced father. After the pilot of the plane dies from a sudden heart attack, Brian must pilot the plane and land it into a lake, leaving him stranded alone in the Canadian wilderness. At first, Brian struggles adapting to the wilderness. He eats poisonous berries, gets shot by a porcupine's quills,gets sprayed by a skunk, and even attempts to kill himself with his hatchet. But as time goes on, he begins to understand the forest and the animals that live in it.

This is a great book that shows the struggles of life and how far someone will go to survive. Brian is just a normal teenager, who is thrust into this situation. He is able to overcome the fear he has of the forest and loneliness. It really embodies the nature of man, because it shows what someone will do and what they are willing to overcome to survive. Anyone who wants to read a great and inspiring story about survival, faith, and will, they should pick this book up and start reading.