Into Thin Air: Student Book Review

 

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Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air can be enjoyed by many different types of people. This book displays a journey of hard work, dedication, and achieving a lifelong goal. If any of those three words appeal to a reader then this book has potential to “wow” them. Everyone has a childhood dream, and Krakauer’s was to climb Everest. Anyone who needs inspiration in order to attempt his or her dream should look to Into Thin Air. Readers can almost feel Jon Krakauer’s excitement when he writes about when he receives the email informing him that his employer would pay for him to climb the mountain. Although the story provides inspiration, it may also scare off dreamers. A reader must be able to handle gruesome details along with tragic deaths. Into Thin Air is suited for a more mature group of readers. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone even slightly interested in reading it. I love many aspects of this book. A widely appreciated writing tactic is when personal story authors don’t glorify themselves as a character. Krakauer does not portray himself as a hero; in fact, he criticizes his action quite a few times throughout the story. Along with describing the challenges of the mountain, Krakauer gives a terrific example of the dangers involved with mountaineering. Instead of using climbing vocab that readers won’t know, Krakauer gives small lessons throughout the story about gear and equipment. It’s great to read complicated text and know what it means. A technique Krakauer uses while writing is very specific characters descriptions. He gives background information and physical descriptions, almost like a miniature biography. Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air deserves to be read over and over again. I strongly recommend Into Thin Air, for it is a wonderful, informative book with a great plot! – John Zuschnitt, 9th Grade

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