Into the Wild: Book Review

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Into the Wild is a non-fiction book about how Christopher McCandless lived and how he died. McCandless had many advantages by modern American standards. His father worked on satellites for NASA. He was raised in a suburb near Washington D.C. He graduated with honors at Emory University. The author Jon Krakauer tries to understand what would drive McCandless to give away twenty-five thousand dollars worth of savings to charity, break all contact with his parents, abandon his vehicle, and spend two years living as a homeless drifter. McCandless made an impact on many people in his time as a drifter, but avoided any deep or meaningful relationships with anyone. He hitch-hiked for two years until he reached his final destination of Fairbanks, Alaska. Where he planned on living with nothing but a rifle, a book on botany, a machete, and the clothes on his back. While living on the Stampede Trail something goes terribly wrong and McCandless dies after surviving over two months. Krakauer investigates the cause of death of McCandless.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Into the Wild was a college to adult difficulty level. The diction was very advanced and hard to understand at times. It was a fast-paced book at the beginning, kind of slowed down towards the middle, and became more suspenseful and fast paced towards the end. It took me about a month and a half to read. I greatly enjoyed the book and the whole subject, so I was very interested throughout the book.
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