This novel by Gary Paulsen is very interesting and contains key aspects towards his usual writing style. I give it 3 out of 5 stars because the novel is relatively short for me, and seems to not contain enough detail in mid-story. I really enjoyed how Russell, the main character, put off technology that was used in his village to live the old way of his culture. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Gary Paulsens style of writing of nature and survival tactics used by the common man. Also, to the reader who would enjoy a short, adventure filled novel, to finish in a short amount of time.
Russell is an Eskimo teenager who is unhappy with his life, without really knowing why. He visits an elder, Oogruk in his village and the elder talks to him of the old ways and how they used to live. Oogruk has sled dogs and after listening to him Russell decides to take the dogs and sled and travel to become a man. He must learn to live off of the land. I found some of the stuff in this book hard to believe, but there were also many beautiful descriptive phrases that held my interest. I wasn't drawn in by the book and it isn't a book that I will remember reading, it just wasn't that interesting to me. It isn't a bad book either, it just sits in the middle with me. I couldn't really feel much for Russell and nothing ever seemed too hard for him. I did however, like the style of writing.