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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Have you ever wondered what it would be like standing on the top of the world? Well it’s not as glamorous as it seems. On a writing assignment for Outside magazine, Jon Krakauer and his group members at Adventure Consultants attempt the ultimate achievement: climbing Mount Everest. But scaling the tallest mountain in the world wasn’t the only problem on Jon and his fellow climbers’ minds; a crowded mountain, inexperienced climbers and and unpredictable weather patterns make Everest a lot more complicated than it seems. And with little oxygen there’s no room for human error…

What I Thought of Into Thin Air

I used to think that if I was a good climber with enough experience, I would climb Everest. Not anymore! This book has opened my eyes to what really happens on the mountain and how agonizing climbing it can be, even for experienced climbers. However through all the pain and struggling, Into Thin Air is an extraordinary story of survival showing how even in the worst situations people can manage to pull through. Even as disaster struck, the climbers retained willpower and passion that ultimately determined their fates. But Into Thin Air isn’t just a captivating story, it asks some important questions regarding if places like Everest just aren’t for human exploration. Even though the writing style and descriptions didn’t blow me away, it is a must-read!

Out of all the action-packed events in this novel, the most exciting moment was when a helicopter came in to save someone’s, who I will not name for the sake of spoilers, life.

Overall Rating: 4 Stars