The Transall Saga Paperback – Mar 8 2011
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Gary Paulsen, author of several books of high adventure and survival--including the Newbery Honor winners Dogsong, Hatchet, and The Winter Room--this time brings readers a science fiction tale reminiscent of Planet of the Apes. The Transall Saga follows 13-year-old Mark on his first solo desert camping trip. After stepping into a mysterious beam of light, Mark is transported to another place--a strange and hostile world. As Mark tries to find his way back home, he learns to survive in this dangerous jungle, calling on reserves of strength he didn't know he had. Encountering wild creatures, primitive tribes, and a more advanced and warlike group of humans, the young protagonist is forced to grow up before he can return to the life he once knew. In the process, he becomes a slave, a warrior, and falls in love--all before the mystery of exactly where he is becomes clear.
As an adventure story and coming-of-age tale, The Transall Saga makes for gripping reading. While the account of Mark carving a new life in a place both strangely familiar and totally alien is cleverly imagined, the science fiction elements are, unfortunately, not nearly as well thought out. Still, fans of Paulsen's other works will find much to enjoy here, including vivid characters, exotic locations, and feral beasts that will not soon be forgotten. (Ages 10 to 15) --Neil Roseman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Paulsen (Brian's Winter) works his magic with another wilderness adventure yarn. But the wilderness this time isn't in this worldAor is it? That's what 13-year-old Mark tries to discover. On his first solo backpacking trip, crossing an old missile range in a desert out west, a mysterious blue light transports him to a thick red jungle under a sulfurous sky. There the struggle for survival soon supersedes the quest for the route home. Paulsen draws on such Saturday-matinee staples as poisonous insects, deadly quicksand and murderous beasts; Mark even swings on vines with a friendly monkey-like creature (and this is just the first 30 pages). Yet the plot feels fresh, thanks to the author's taut, unsentimental storytelling (Mark's Tarzan-esque antics, for example, result in broken ribs). Mark grows to manhood in the four or so years of his sojourn; the narrative, meanwhile, continues at a hurtling pace. The teen saves a girl's life, then joins her tribe of forest-dwellers; later, he is captured with them and enslaved by the more technologically advanced Tsook people. There are raids, escapes and brushes with the Tsook overlord, the Merkon, who takes a frighteningly keen interest in Mark. Readers may figure out who the Merkon is long before the protagonist does, but no matterAthe action along the way (including just the right dash of romance) is never less than enthralling. While the story is self-contained, the end points to a sequel, so, with any luck, another installment is on the way. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Mark starts out as a regular teenager on a camping trip who turns into a strong survivor by using his knowledge and skills. He lives three years in Transall before finding the blue light again. I often asked myself what I would do in his situation in order to live. At the end, Mark becomes a doctor finding a cure for Ebola. I want to have a career in medicine by helping animals so I could identify with Mark in that way.
This book showed me what it's like to be alone, afraid and having to make it by yourself, but it also showed me how to have courage and never give up. Survival and believing in yourself are themes in The Transall Saga.
I would recommend this book to young people who like science fiction and adventure stories.
Most recent customer reviews
Mark is transported to a different time, he has to deal with living in an unfamiliar environment. Mark has to try to survive on his own eating anything he can find. Read morePublished on June 13 2011 by Amazon Customer
My daugter is in grade 7 and had to read this book for a project. She absoulutely loved the book and couldn't put it down.Published on April 6 2011 by kidscamping
I first read this book almost right when it came out, I was in 5th grade at the time and i absolutely loved it. Must have read it 6 times back then. Read morePublished on Dec 5 2007 by Sunspot
This book was really good, it had adventure, amazing plot twists, and fleshed-out characters. Then, Paulsen just seemed to get tired of writing. Read morePublished on June 13 2004
I have read the book called The Transall Saga. This review will be what I thought of the book. I'd definitely have to say this is one of my favorite books of all time. Read morePublished on March 8 2004
Mark is trying to find a light that brought him here.A man told him about the light and how it stirkes randomly.After he injured the king of Transall His son comes after mark. Read morePublished on Feb. 23 2004
the transall saga is a great piece by gaaary paulsen. it was weird but yet it was easy to read. it also keeps you wanting to read more and more and you won't want to stop until you... Read morePublished on Feb. 5 2004 by dallas kaufman
This book is about a boy that's on a solo camping trip. When he sees a blue light, he walks to it. Then a rattlesnake bites him,and he falls back into the light. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2004
I have read alot of Gary Paulsen's books and he writes some good books. But Transall Saga was amazing with all of the adventurous action that took place in this book. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2003 by steve tuma