Book Review

Book Review: Rebel (The Extinction Trials #3) by S.M. Wilson

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Audience: YA Dystopian
Length: 384 pages
Author: S.M. Wilson
Publisher: Usborne
Release Date: February 7th, 2019
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BOOK SUMMARY:

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival. Welcome to The Extinction Trials

Storm and Lincoln’s city is burning. The people are starving. The only place left to run is Piloria, the continent of monsters. It’s up to Storm and Lincoln to keep their people alive as they colonize this lethal paradise. But will the biggest threat to their survival be the monsters in the jungle…or the ones inside the encampment with them?

The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park in this wildly popular series filled with action, survival and betrayal.

SATISFYING CONCLUSION.

I finished another series! Which feels like a big accomplishment since it takes me forever to swing around and finished and already completed series, so yay!

Anyways, I really enjoyed this last book. It was filled with plenty of being chased by dinosaur action and more political intrigue as Stormchaser and Lincoln had even more to contend with.

I wish that there was something more added to this. It did begin to feel repetitive over the course of the entire series because it had the same model, run from dinosaurs — survive — move on…repeat. When that was taken out there was a bit more substance over how to settle in a new and foreign area.

The relationship between Reban and Stormchaser was one of my favorites. I love the quiet and fierce side of Reban who watched Storm at all costs and that there was some movement in their overall reconciliation. Lincoln and Storm were super cute too and I would have loved even more romance from them!! Give me all the character story.

As the ending rolled in, I felt that what needed to happen did. I wasn’t shocked by anything (because someone had to die and I figured that out early on), and the world had to keep turning. It ended at an acceptable place to give hope to the new future that awaits them among the dinosaurs.

Overall audience notes:

  • YA Dystopia
  • Language: none
  • Romance: kisses
  • Trigger/Content Warnings: intense dinosaur attacks/mauling, loss of loved ones, severe medical injuries

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Book Review

Book Review: Exile (The Extinction Trials #2) by S.M. Wilson

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Audience: YA Dystopia
Length: 384 pages
Author: S.M. Wilson
Publisher: Usborne Publishing LTD
Release Date: June 1st, 2018
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY:

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival. Welcome to The Extinction Trials.

After surviving on Piloria once, Storm and Lincoln are the obvious candidates to return to the dinosaur continent to test the new virus that should clear the way for human settlement. But they have their own priorities – finding a cure for the plague that’s sweeping Earthasia, and keeping themselves alive.

DINOSAURS, OH MY!

Wow am I so happy I found this series! It’s pure entertainment for me (as a dinosaur fanatic) to get to read these. I love the dystopian-type setting and the exploration of Piloria.

Once again we have our two main characters, Lincoln and Stormchaser. I still liked them this time around. Though it looks like there might be some feelings there and I want more exploration of that. More exploration of all the characters interactions and musings. It’s a continual high stakes read with being chased by dinosaurs and surviving in the wild, that I’m realizing I’m not getting a lot of character connection.

I did see it come out towards the end and am so happy that it went the direction I was hoping. I think Strom and Lincoln both have some big decisions to make and it has amped up the finale. This series is overall an intriguing premise and I will practically read anything that involves dinosaurs.

Overall audience notes:

  • Young adult dystopia
  • Language: none
  • Romance: none
  • Violence: dinosaur attacks, endemic of a skin disease, physical/weapon attacks

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Book Review

Book Review: The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials #1) by S.M. Wilson

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Audience: Young adult Sci-Fi
Length: 384 pages
Author: S.M. Wilson
Publisher: Usborne Publishing
Release Date: January 1st, 2018
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads

BOOK SUMMARY:

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials.

In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other..

OKAY, LOVED THIS.

I’m easily swayed by all things dinosaurs. This was no exception. I was clearly smitten from the beginning and I have definitely ordered book two.

When I see a tagline, I often ignore them because they really don’t live up to the comparison. The Hunger Games + Jurassic Park? I can actually say this book felt exactly that way. Our dear characters are put into a trial to see who’s going to the land of the dinosaurs. Once there, they start to realize that clearly those above them know more that’s going on then they’re willing to tell. Not to mention, all of the DINOSAURS. So yes, I was pleasantly surprised that I was not let down at all by this.

I love these characters. Stormchaser and Lincoln both have some flaws, and opinions they’re unwilling to compromise on. I like that along with their flaws, there’s many strengths. I love that their conflicts weren’t absurd and Stormchaser and Lincoln both found ways to lean on each other when needed. Future romance? I would not be opposed to that.

This story is really interesting! There’s opinions on both sides on whether or not the dinosaurs need to go or if they can cohabitate with humans. I feel there’s so much more to this world that I can’t wait to explore.

Overall audience notes:

  • Young adult dystopia
  • Language: none
  • Romance: none
  • Violence: dinosaur attacks (not overly brutal), physical altercations, murder

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