The Transall Saga

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The Transall Saga
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Book cover of: The Transall Saga
AuthorGary Paulsen
Cover artistJon Paul Ferrara, Chris Nurse
CountryUnited States
SubjectSurvival, post-apocalypse
GenreNovel, science fiction
PublisherBantam Doubleday Dell Books for young readers a division of Random House Inc.
Publication date
Media typeHardcover and Paperback

The Transall Saga (also known as Blue Light[1][2]) is a 1998 novel by Gary Paulsen.[3] It is a survival story like most of his other books, but also involves the science fiction genre.


The story begins with Mark Harrison, a 13-year-old survival enthusiast, hiking through the mountainous Magruder Missile Range. All of a sudden, he gets bitten by a snake and falls into a blue light. He wakes up in a strange world that he believes is an alien world with many similarities to Earth. He uses his survival skills to live off the land and, while exploring the forest, he discovers a camp made up of short, human-like creatures with webbed feet and dark, olive-colored skin. Soon he finds them too warlike to bear interacting with. He also hears a creature called the howling thing. A tribe which Mark refers to as the Arrow People allow him to live with them. He meets a girl named Leeta, whom he befriends. Soon after, he is enslaved by the Tsook, a metal-weapon wielding race of hominids. Over the next three months, he learns their language and develops feelings for Megaan, the chief's daughter. Mark attempts to flee the village, but as he is trying to escape, he learns of an imminent invasion of the village. Mark returns to warn the tribe about an impending attack, and as a gift, Mark is granted freedom and official entry into their tribe.

Mark then discovers that, despite his misconceptions earlier, this world is a ruined Earth, sometime in the future. Megaan's brother gives Mark a shard of a Coca-Cola bottle and the Merkon (leader of The Tsook) reveals the events between Mark's time and this future, also revealing that he too was sent there by the beam of light. Sometime in the near future, a strange, highly contagious form of the Ebola virus wipes out most of the human race. Those remaining used nuclear armaments on each other, forcing civilization to start over. After severely wounding the Merkon in a sword fight, Mark asks Megaan to marry him. However, the Merkon's son has sworn revenge and Mark flees the village to protect them. He leads the Merkon's army to the jungle, away from his new home. Once in the jungle, Mark systematically kills the army but forgets about a scouting party that attacks him. Mark hides behind a boulder for protection and suddenly the boulder is struck by lightning and sends off a charge which brings Mark into his normal time.


  1. ^ "Review: Blue Light - Gary Paulsen". 17 January 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  2. ^ "Blue Light by Gary Paulsen". 12 July 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  3. ^ "The Transall Saga". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 24 April 2015.