The Hike by Drew Magary

Untitled-4.inddThe Hike
By Drew Magary
Publisher: Viking
ISBN: 9780399563850
Pages: 278
Genre: Fantasy


When Ben, a suburban family man, takes a business trip to rural Pennsylvania, he decides to spend the afternoon before his dinner meeting on a short hike. Once he sets out into the woods behind his hotel, he quickly comes to realize that the path he has chosen cannot be given up easily. With no choice but to move forward, Ben finds himself falling deeper and deeper into a world of man-eating giants, bizarre demons, and colossal insects.

On a quest of epic, life-or-death proportions, Ben finds help comes in some of the most unexpected forms, including a profane crustacean and a variety of magical objects, tools, and potions. Desperate to return to his family, Ben is determined to track down the “Producer,” the creator of the world in which he is being held hostage and the only one who can free him from the path.

At once bitingly funny and emotionally absorbing, Magary’s novel is a remarkably unique addition to the contemporary fantasy genre, one that draws as easily from the world of classic folk tales as it does from video games. In The Hike, Magary takes readers on a daring odyssey away from our day-to-day grind and transports them into an enthralling world propelled by heart, imagination, and survival.

My Thoughts

Okay, I am just going to clear some air right away. I feel like the blurb for The Hike is terrible. I picked this book up after reading a sample. I would never have done so based on the above alone. So please just skip it. It makes sense after having read the story but beforehand is utterly confusing.

The skinny..

While on a business trip, Ben a father and husband, decides to venture out on a hike before an upcoming dinner meeting. But the trek behind his hotel quickly evolves into something much greater as he realizes that leaving the trail is impossible. Determined to find his way back home, he pushes forward. But not without encountering many peculiarities. (Ok so my summary is not much better – this is an impossible story to capture in a matter of sentences.) 

“Every book was a door; every page a new place to hide.”

What I appreciated..

  • An atypical plotline built upon the unforeseen that delivers something new and unexpected with every page.
  • Those occasional laugh out loud moments that I rarely encounter in books.
  • The bizarrely insane supporting characters take this story to fantastic heights.
  • I am a fan of the weird, and this book is weird.  With equal part humor and often nightmarish, it is in a category of its own.
  • And ending that packs one hell of a gratifying punch!

“There was nothing to confront here at this beach: no monsters, no past, no future. Everyone left him alone, the ultimate desire of any middle-aged man. The safety of it all wooed him. Coddled him.”

Challenges some may encounter..

  • The zany plotline and storytelling can initially feel confusing or choppy.
  • The heavy use of allegories.

The Hike is beautifully unconventional, offering something the reader an incredible world. It simply requires a desire to explore and embrace the extraordinary. Those who see Ben through to the end of his journey will find it to be a significantly rewarding one.

tea cup


This zany read pairs nicely with a fruity herbal blend and splash of honey.

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Happy Reading,

Danielle ❤

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15 thoughts on “The Hike by Drew Magary

  1. Haha! Loved your review! I read half the blurb when I decided ok, let’s skip that and see what Danielle has to say about this oddity 😂 I ❤️ that you read books that are slightly or all the way zany from time to time. This one sounds trippy in a fun way & I love that It had some laugh out loud moments cause those are the best 😆💕

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  2. Yup this book sounds absolutely like something ye would read and love. I keep flip flopping on reading this. I can’t make up me mind though this seems in favour of reading it. It just sounds weird. Is it similar to Annihilation? Cause if so, I will pass.
    x The Captain

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  3. After reading the first bit of the synopsis I actually thought of the book being a video game adaption. Lol. Then I read the words VIDEO GAME a few lines below and laughed. The story does sound interesting… in a weird way. Books that float in their own category are often the best.
    You´re right though. I wouldn´t have picked the book either after reading that blurb. Lol. Great review! ❤

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  4. I like the sound of unconventional! I actually almost requested this book back around its release date too. Nice to hear that the bizarre and unconventional were pretty interesting! 😀 Will keep an eye out for this book.

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