The Extinction Trials, S. M. Wilson – Book Review

Hello humans! I know everyone and their mum has already written a review for this book, but I’m reviewing everything I read this year and I’d really love to tell you what I thought about one of the most talked about YA books from early this year. The Extinction Trials is one of the best examples of ‘books that are a bit like The Hunger Games but not’ that I have come across in this book loving life of mine.

Goodreads 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…

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My first tip, don’t look at the map in the front cover in too much detail until after you’ve read the book because you can basically work out the whole plot from that map and you might accidentally spoil yourself. Just a heads up from me to you.

But besides that, this is an incredibly enjoyable book. It’s rightly being described as similar to The Hunger Games, the two have the same high stakes feeling that I remember loving the first time I read Katniss’ story. But this book has the added appeal of dinosaurs.

What I’m trying to capture, and definitely not succeeding, is the fast pace of this book. You get a grasp on what this somewhat post-apocalyptic society is like within a few chapters and then you’re thrown into the deep end with a lot of action. I’ve got quite used to books which have a lot of very detailed worldbuilding and for this story, it worked far better to have this more fast-paced approach. Information is given on a need to know basis because there are dinosaurs we need to get to.

This is an incredibly strong first novel in a series for many reasons, there are already interesting characters, all of whom I care about (including several giant reptiles) there is intrigue piled up to the rafters and there is so much scope for where this series could go. I’m so glad I won’t have to wait too long for the sequel which is coming later this year.

I won’t keep on at you about why this book was good because far more people have put it far more eloquently than I ever could. But, suffice to say, if you’ve found yourself in a bit of a reading rut and you want to recapture that quick YA read feeling, this is definitely the book for you.

My rating: 5/5 stars

All opinions are my own

What say you? Have you read this, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below, I hope you enjoyed this very speedy review!

*Dinosaur screech*


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