A Review of “The Hike” by Drew Magary: The Odyssey of Our Time

 

Cruising down the aisles of my local Barns & Noble I remember the cover being the first thing that caught my eye. Bright neon pictures of strange monsters dotted the black cover drawing my attention immediately. I picked up the book, a hardback, and opened to the front flap to read the summary. A comedy! How delightful, as I was in the mood to find anything that might catch my eye to add to my Goodreads reading challenge. Well a few months later, I finally got around to reading this oddly decorated book, and I don’t think I was prepared for the ride it was going to take me on.

The story follows a suburban man named Ben, who works an office job, and is married with three children. While away on a business trip Ben finds himself on a path that would change the course of his life forever. In this page-turner, you are sucked in right along with Ben as you witness the ghastly torment the main character endures in order to return home to his family. The author does a good job of making you believe the weird and crazy things that happen in the story. I swear this could be an episode of “I Shouldn’t Be Alive,” at the same time you’re engulfed in an epic like tale, fit for a poet of ancient Greek times. You’ll have trouble putting this book down, as you’ll find yourself trying to piece together what exactly is going on.

I really enjoyed reading this book, I will give it a 4/5 for keeping, no, stealing my interest from page to page.

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