“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…”
Stormcaster: Storm is a very interesting character. While other characters are afraid of dinosaurs and stay away from every kind, she is interested in them and befriends the non-harmful dinosaurs in the lake near her village. She doesn’t feel the way about the dinosaurs than the other people in her village and if she is honest with herself she doesn’t know why she has the feeling of wanting to protect the dinosaurs, even the harmful ones.
Lincoln: He is motivated to enter the trails because he wants to safe his sister’s life. She is sick and there is no health care for the citizens which means that once someone gets sick, they will die because there is no treatment for them. So he does everything with the reward in mind, which is health care for the family of the winner of the trails.
The writing of this book is very engaging, it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if the characters you are rooting for are going to make it until the end of the book. The book is written with two perspectives, you are following Stormcaster and Lincoln, their parts are written in third person but it still shows their thoughts and feelings.
What I found to be very refreshing about this book and what I really loved, was that there was no focus on romantic love. Love does play a big role in this book, but that is love for the family of the contestants. It is more about forming friendships and trust since everyone is mostly there with their own motivations, it is hard to trust everyone and to form alliances.
I really enjoyed reading this book. I read this book together with The Crone Book Club and that made it so enjoyable as well, since we got a chat with the author at the end of the month. I really enjoyed the premise of the book and the way it was executed. The tagline describes this book as The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park, which I agree with 100%. The characters are really enjoyable to read from and they feel very real and the themes in this book are: friendship, family and trust, which I find to be very well written. I can’t wait to read the sequel to this book!
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