The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge
by Michael Punke
I'm not going to lie - I had really high hopes for this book. The book got great reviews and it has the word "revenge" in the title. I mean, who doesn't love a good revenge story? The book was really good, until the ending. The way Punke ended this novel was a complete and total letdown.
The Revenant follows the life of Hugh Glass, a trapper for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. He is a skilled trapper, tracker, and is an experienced frontiersman.
Glass is part of a company of men sent to trap in the eastern Rocky Mountains. While Glass is out on a scouting mission, he is brutally mauled by a grizzly bear. Although he manages to kill the bear, Glass' wounds are so severe his company does not expect him to survive. For a few days, the men drag him on a stretcher before deciding this is slowing their progress too much and isn't worth the effort since Glass is probably going to die anyway. Two men from the company volunteer (for extra pay) to stay behind with Glass until he dies. But after a few days, Glass still doesn't die so the men decide to rob and leave him.
Hugh Glass slowly heals and regains his strength. He sets with one goal in mind - revenge against the two men who abandoned him. Glass treks across thousands of miles of frontier land to find the men from his former company and he vows not to stop until he finds them.
Like I said at the beginning, I thought the ending was a letdown. Considering the book is set in the 1820s, I was hoping for some better revenge...some frontier style justice. Up until the every end, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. Punke did a great job of including historically accurate information about life on the frontier and the book is well written.
If you are looking for a quick read, take a chance on this book. Maybe you'll like the ending more than me. Or, you can always cheat and just watch the movie. We have both - book and DVD - available for checkout.
Review by Amanda B.