Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy.
Year Of Publication: January 1st 2018
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Pages: Paperback, 384 pages.
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.
“HUNGER GAMES MEETS JURASSIC PARK.”
Yes, you read this right! The tag line of this books is indeed that sentence. I have no idea about you but when I read those words I was like heck yeah need it in my life! Imagine me freaking-ly typing my yes yes yes to the available review copy email.
Anyway. The Extinction Trials is a story about a fictional earth where humans and dinosaurs exist together at the same time. But on two different continents. The humans occupy earth Asia and the dinosaurs occupy Piloria.
The humans as they do (clears throat) over used and mistreated their land. And now keep looking towards Piloria to solve their food, land and accommodation problems. Sigh yeah typical human thing to do. Destroy other for their own needs.
The two main characters of this book are Lincoln and Storm Chaser. The story told in their dual perspective with alternatively voiced chapters. They both are starkly different from each other. Lincoln is nice and caring but he also had this determined streak to him to get things done and complete his mission. He seems to have a lot of inner struggle going on.
Storm chaser I quite like her and connected to her. Alone, on Earthasia because her mother has died and she has no other family…… she has quite a shield around her. She has a lot of compassion(not just for humans but for other creatures, for earth, for her environment) and emotions. She constantly questions things around her and notices a lot. She is strong, adventurous independent and driven. Also a dinosaur is her best friend ( I mean winnnnnnnn).
With some twist and turns and some survival needs or adventurous need (counting of the character you talk about) Lincoln and Storm Chaser and well a few others (100 to be exact) end up on Piloria with a special little task to complete….
The story is full of action, drama, survival and……… betrayal. It highly fast paced and very unput down able
The world building and imagery is top class and it is done so beautifully. The dinosaurs were researched so well and I loved that she didn’t stick to general research she did add different to bits of her to the dinosaurs and made them different. The description of the world, the forests, the sea at Piloria ….the buildings, the stuffy environment at Earthasia leaves a very well sketched world in your mind.
Yes as some stories go its also very quite predictable sometimes. But also brutal. You will loose quite a lot of characters by the time you are done with us so yeah.
Also another thing about the dual voices was you could see how Stormchaser see the dinosaurs. With compassion and with respect she doesn’t think of them as mindless predators. Where Lincoln thinks exactly that. It’s intriguing to see as their journey through the story progress and to see them go through their beliefs and questions things around them.
One of my only complaint would be I would have liked them to spend more time on Piloria. The place was so beautiful ( and deadly) I just wish I could have read more about it (ahh maybe the sequel will full fill my need for that land)
This book is vivid. And with a lot of twist and turns by the last chapter you are left breathless for the sequel because you are left with a bang and really need some answers so yeah for me the waiting game beings. For you? You should totally try this book out. I mean come out. DINOSAURS. KICK ASS FEMALE LEAD. NEW WORLD. POLITICS. PUNY HUMANS.
Well what more I can say. I just think you really need this in your life.
Thank you to Usborne for the ARC.