Title: The Extinction Trials
Author: S. M. Wilson
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…
To start off, I LOVE the premise of this book. Ever since I came to know of this book’s existence back in the summer of 2018, I’ve been dying to get my hands on it. It immediately caught my attention with its tagline:
The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park.
If that’s not a book that screams “READ ME I’M AWESOME!” I don’t know what is.
So I finally read it.
And now there’s one thing that is irritating me more than anything else…
I don’t have book #2 or #3!! Argh!
I was ready to continue with book #2, Exile and that title alone have my reading senses all tingling.
“Everyone must be back here in seven days. […] If you haven’t returned, we will assume you’re dead.”
This book combined some really great elements – quests (yes! I love these types of books), an unknown territory, an almost dystopian-like setting, action, no romance whatsoever (big plus) Oh, and frigging dinosaurs!
I didn’t miss the romance at all and it was like a breath of fresh air. Sure, there could be some between the two main characters, Storm and Lincoln, but the author didn’t show it. At least not in the first book, and for that I applaud her.
Also, can we talk about the fact that the female MC’s name is Stormchaser Knux. That’s such an awesome name.
Stormchaser is a strong and independent young girl with no family (that she knows of) and no one to look after. So when she signs up for the Trials alongside her best friend (who kind of didn’t want to) she doesn’t really know why she does it. At first it was the sound of extra food, better living conditions and health care, but after seeing what Piloria has to offer, and the consequences of Trial’s actions, she’s not so sure if she wants to do it at all.
“I’m here because of them. I’m living proof that not all dinosaurs are man-eating beasts.”
We as the reader learn alongside Storm and I felt for her.
Then we have Lincoln, our male MC. I also felt for him; with his sick sister, who needs the health care that the Trials can give her. He wants to win this more than anything and he’ll let no one stand in his way of trying to save his sister. She’s what fuels his determination to survive in dino land.
So here we have two very different main characters with two very different reasons for doing what they’re doing.
But it wasn’t like I was forced to take sides, although I kind of did along the way as different intentions were made clear.
Now, to get a little more serious. This book dealt with some interesting themes that does not paint the human race in the best light.
It shows the greediness of humans.
The people of Earthasia has maxed out one continent, resource and space-wise, and are hungrily looking for another place to take over, disregarding whatever lives there now, thinking themselves superior in every way.
Why? Because we can walk and talk and think?
Does that excuse our actions?
Is this really still just survival of the fittest?
Isn’t that kind of what is happening today? Dinosaurs aside, we are maxing out the Earth’s natural resources quicker than it can regenerate them and to cut it short, something needs to be done.
I could go on and on about how downright cool this book is! It deserves so much more recognition and I will recommend the hell out of this book because it deserves it.
It’s no secret that I recommend this book
And I recommend it, basically to all.
Get to reading.