The Bear by Andrew Krivak is set in a forested area at the base of a mountain. The technical term would be a Subalpine forest. It sounds like a beautiful place.
There aren’t any other people besides the dad and his daughter. There seems to have been an end to civilization as we know it. The dad has taken his daughter to a place where they can live off of the land.
The girl is very young – maybe between 8-10. At the beginning of the book, she lives with her father in a cabin. He teaches her everything – how to read, hunt, make bows, etc. By the middle of the book, the girl is alone.
Well, she isn’t exactly alone. The bear keeps her from starving by giving her fish. The girl isn’t an expert hunter yet. She learns quickly otherwise she will starve because the bear goes into hibernation.
There is also a puma who saves her from drowning and catches some food for her. She can hear the bear and the puma talking to her. Were they really talking or was it a hallucination? It doesn’t matter because it got her through life for a little bit longer. Would any of us make it one day in the wilderness? They make it bear-able. Pun intended.
The girl is trying to get back to the cabin but it’s too difficult during the winter. Also, she cannot cross the river yet.
If you like post-apocalyptic stories without zombies, then this could be the book for you.
If you don’t like anything about doomsday prepping, survivalists or nature, then you might not like this book. The Bear is beautifully written so it’s too bad you are missing out because you aren’t into prepping.
FYI: Andrew Krivak the author is not the same Andrew Krivak that recently had a murder conviction overturned. They are different people.
- I received an ebook from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.