Book Reviews, Books, writing

Book Review : The Boy Who Ran by Michael Selden 


It’s a hatrick guys! Three 5 Star reads back to back! So lucky to have them in my collection now. 😁


Title : The Boy Who Ran

Author : Michael Selden

Publisher : Woodland Park Press LLC

Pages : 148

ISBN : 978-1-940640-00-6

Story : The boy is the sole survivor of his village when it was massacred, though he has little memory of all that had happened. Now he lives in another village, as a stranger who is always roaming through the forest, running to his heart’s content. Will he ever be accepted as one of The People?


How can a book be sooo good? I mean, just how? I was literally hooked to the book starting from page one to the very last.

The story is set six thousand years ago in the mid-archaic period of North American history, when the sole rule of survival was hunting. The boy has no name. And the others who do have names like Gray Wolf, Morning Hawk and the likes. I enjoyed the premise a lot where the boy feels more at home in the forest than in the village. He’s completely alone, yet he shares a strong bond with everything around him.

Content with this silent life, he cared less of how everything worked, but oneday his perspective changes. He follows Red Sky, a hunter into the forest and that’s where he learns how important hunting is for surviving. Even though he is taken for a nutcase who doesn’t speak, he endeavours to become a hunter someday and learns from afar without them knowing.

Being an introvert myself, I could relate to the boy in so many ways. Like when his silence is misunderstood, and the way he feels about the world. I learnt a lesson or two when the boy discovered how everything is just a way of our perspectives. I would like to quote a sentence from the book that I really liked.

Something cold and hard and distant inside of the boy was beginning to soften and he grew to accept that most the isolation he’d experienced was his own fault.”

His introspection led the way to a deeper realisation that eventually helped soften the edges of his reality.
And then came those moments he spent in the forest and interacted with animals both wild and calm. I swear I had to hold my breath while I read. That’s when I realised how much I had fallen in love with the book.
While my hands are quivering to give away a spoiler or two, I won’t. I can’t ruin your reading experience,  that’s just not right.

There are 5 Star reads, and then there are 5 Star reads like this! This book is way above any ratings, so I’ll just go straight to the point where I recommend this to each and every one of you out there, reading this review. It deserves way more attention than it already achieved, so if you are looking for your next read, get this one! It’s that good!

I received a review copy from the author for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Find the book on :



About the Author :

He is a reader and a writer, although he was also a research physicist for about 30 years—believe it or not writing and imagination are almost as important in physics as is an understanding of how the world works, and mathematics. He has read so many books he can’t possibly remember them all, and he doesn’t really try. As a writer, he has to say that John Steinbeck had a strong influence on him, although he learns from every book he reads and every author. There are some good ones out there.

Review by ©TheGirlOnTheGo  (

8 thoughts on “Book Review : The Boy Who Ran by Michael Selden ”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s