Written by Drew Magary
Published August 2nd, 2016 by Viking
Hardcover 288 pages
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.
THE HIKE is hilarious, unexpected, and undoubtedly imaginative. This thrilling novel, starts out as a normal hike in the mountains. It then turns into one of the most mind-blowing quest for finding reality and life. THE HIKE takes readers through a rampage of emotions. There’s not a single chapter that goes by without a new twists or an unforeseen event. There are giant insects, talking crabs, lustful giants, and even Rottweiler-faced killers. The protagonist’s deepest fears are turned into realities, and within split seconds, important decisions are made.
As a reader, it’s fundamental you read THE HIKE. Why you ask, because it will take you on a bizarre and unparalleled journey of your life. It completely blew my mind it is unique and dissimilar to other reads to the point it stands alone in its own genre. To think I almost turned down the opportunity to review this book due to the fact it did not seem like a book for me. Well, that would have been one hell of a mistake. Therefore, I must state this book is for everyone. No matter your age or what you usually read you should not pass up the chance to go along on THE HIKE.
This was the only house in the row that had an extra level, and the path had led him here. Of course, this had been a massive cosmic troll job. Ben fully expected to walk up those stairs and find a giant papier-mache middle finger waiting for him.
Magary did an incredible job writing the prose. As you go along on THE HIKE with the main character Ben you will feel every emotion known to humans, for example, anger, fear, determination, sadness, and at certain points, you shall laugh your ass off. Whereas, his imagination exceeds the normal with his inventiveness and creations and the twists and turns in the plot may make your head spin off. I definitely will be reading this book again and again because it contains, among all the other aspects a great depth to the story and it would be a shame to miss one little thing. Oh, by the way, I must mention the crab is my cup of tea!
My final Quote is from the psyche of the crab:
“There’s nothing to understand. I’m a crab, and you're a clueless human, and I just like seeing you show your ass to the world. It’s a nice change of pace. Usually when I see humans, they’re waiting for me with a net and a stick of butter. Or some dipshit kid wants to throw me in a pail and poke me with a stick.”
Drew Magary is a correspondent for GQ Magazine, a columnist for Deadspin, and a Chopped Champion. He’s also the author of four books: The Hike, The Postmortal, Someone Could Get Hurt, and Men With Balls. He lives in Maryland with his wife and three children, and enjoys taking long walks.
Thank you, Penguin Publishing, for allowing me to give an honest review