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Fifteen-year-old Josh tries to endure living in the Alaskan wilderness with his father and half-brother Nathan, but Nathan's uncompromising reverence for nature and its wild creatures causes difficulties ...
Fifteen-year-old Josh tries to endure living in the Alaskan wilderness with his father and half-brother Nathan, but Nathan's uncompromising reverence for nature and its wild creatures causes difficulties that reinforce Josh's determination to return to city life.
"A coming-of-age novel with moments of true adventure." School Library Journal
Posted December 21, 2013
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite
Deb Vanasse's book Out of the Wilderness is about two brothers, their father, and their constant conflicts. That would make for a rather normal story if the conflicts didn't take part in the 'middle of nowhere,' surrounded by forests and bears. Josh would simply like to live a normal life in a town, go to school, hang out with other kids and also have a girlfriend. However, his father always does what his other son, Nathan, wants. And Nathan wants to live out in the wilderness. When Josh kills a bear during a hunting trip, Nathan becomes even stranger and moves away from their cabin. The outdoors become harsher in winter and Nathan's love for bears suddenly grows into an obsession that turns everyone's life around, especially when a girl comes into their lives.
Out of the Wilderness was an enjoyable read. I just wasn't too sure about the end. It kind of didn't feel like an end to me and I wasn't too satisfied by it. Apart from that, the book was very well written. It was easy to feel like you were there - the surroundings were beautifully described and the human emotions also came across in a powerful way. It was always clear why the people in the book were the way they were. Each of the characters was unique and had their own motivations - which led to a few clashes, but also to solutions. Deb Vanasse showed that she has a great understanding of human nature and skill in writing beautifully.
Posted September 13, 2013
Out of the Wilderness was an amazing read. Deb Vanasse's excellent story telling made me feel as if I could feel the bitter cold, yet experience the breathtaking beauty of Willow Creek. I felt immensely sorry for Josh from the beginning of the story and also saddened by the fact he had to be dragged along for the sake of Nathan. However, I also understand the dad's unwillingness to let Nathan go again, and the deep need to make up for 'lost' time.
A story filled with genuine human emotions. It was brilliant!