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The Extinction Trials (The Extinction Trials #1): 01

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Well if the small short review doesn’t grab your attention I am sure the small circular sticker that graces the cover of the beautifully crafted and eye-catching young adult book ‘ The Extinction Trials’ that reads. It has a cast of characters that are well thought out, three-dimensional people, with thoughts, feelings and principles, but they are likeable and have depth, which aid in showcasing the stories heart, soul and deeper message. I’m still a little confused as to whether this was a futuristic dystopia or a historical dystopia because they kept discovering things like DNA and GPS trackers and using graphite sticks for pencils, but then they talked about overpopulation and climate change and wearing sneakers. I have such a soft spot for dinosaurs and it’s 100% fuelled by the amount of times I’ve watched the Jurassic Park movies😂). Dinosaurs are a staple of the Under 7s literary landscape, but for some reason they become ‘geeky’ somewhere between here and the teenage years.

Then there were the friendships between the trio from the north, who worked as a team and had each other's backs, even when the worst happened. Some may not survive, but the winning group, depending on the stakes, has always received their prize.A set of trials is created to see who can travel to the land of the dinosaurs and collect the highest number of eggs for testing. Similarly, if we look at the character dynamics, there is a half-baked (that word again) relationship between two people and I say that because again, it wasn’t developed at all but I was supposed to think it was and care. A world where humans live crammed onto one continent whilst dinosaurs (that’s right, real, actual dinosaurs) live on the other.

the continent where the humans live, is getting crowded and food is getting scarce, so they have set their eyes on the continent Piloria. There were heart racing moments, sad moments, shocking moments and moments when you don’t know whether to read on or stop. The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park and they make a half-baked baby that possesses the remotest resemblance to each parent, is annoying as shit and makes you wonder if it was even necessary for it to be born.it has a mysterious reptilian cover that wills you to open the pages to begin and then, before you get to the first chapter the reader is greeted with a map, (love a map, of a new unexplored fantasy world) it may be a basic one, but once again it encourages and excites you to begin an adventure that I'm positive you will not be able, like myself, to put down. Leif named after Leif Eriksson, the first person to discover Vinland/America; Rune from the old Nordic runes that made up the alphabet; and Kronar is a variation on the currencies of Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

The characters had a lot of different personality and all had different back stories which I think added to the personality they all had. This is a 380 page rollercoaster of a ride, it's full of twists and turns that will keep any reader of 10+ , even reluctant reading boys, totally engaged. This feels disturbingly close to the real world, and I hope it encourages teenagers to empathise with those less fortunate than themselves. Charting the terrain requires food, supplies such as medicine, clothing, weapons and information about what they’re facing.

Of course, there are small similarities between this and those books it’s been compared to; such as the small bunch of friends Stormchaser ( the main protagonist) makes, the concerns over who she can trust, the competitive element of the trials and of course Dinosaurs. If there’s an no-man’s land filled with dangerous creatures and certain death at every step, chances are there’s a lone survivor living there for years and years who’ll conveniently show up and save your ass from being eaten by said dangerous creatures. The human continent is hugely overcrowded leaving the people struggling for food, water, energy, accommodation, everything. Stormchaser and her team have to go through the trials to prove they are strong enough to survive on Piloria. Plot and character are masterfully woven together and the action - which is anything but frozen - sling-shots from stage to stage like an intergalactic spaceship' Daily Mail , on The Solar War .

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