The Hike by Drew Magary
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
When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.
On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.
At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary’s novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes readers on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival.
Ben is in rural Pennsylvania on a business strip. But after he checks into his hotel he is draw out back and goes on a hike. But strange things start happening and he finds himself meeting a friendly crab, huge insects, a man eating giant, and bizarre demons. The only way out to find the end of the path and hunt down the Producer, the creator of the world to get him home.
This is an amazing story. I am a huge lover of Alice in Wonderland and Ben finds himself on the same adventure. He has some crazy stuff happen and sees some weird things. He even falls down his own rabbit hole. This story has danger, hazards, and a great sense of humor because what else are you going to have if you found yourself in Ben’s place.
I loved the whole thing but will be honest, I don’t know if everyone would enjoy it like I did. It’s one book that I recommend everyone checking out. You might find a new favorite.
I received The Hike for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.