Rebel, S. M. Wilson – Readalong

Hello Humans! I said it was coming and I deliver on my promises. I’ve bypassed my TBR tea-cup for one book in order to bring you a readalong of Rebel, the last book in the Extinction Trials series. As someone who, at the age of 24, just bought a new backpack with neon dinosaurs on it, suffice to say I’m a little bit into this series!

I’ve kept this spoiler free for Rebel but you may encounter spoilers for the previous two books.

Goodreads Summary:Rebel

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.

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Part 1

Well, it’s safe to say I remember very little of the previous books, as is typical for me. But I am on a train today so I think I can power through this book on my way to see my parents. Off the bat, it’s certainly a dramatic start with the consequences of book two setting havoc among the people of Earthasia. I’m not sure about calling one chapter a part all to itself, but I suppose if you’ve got to jump between continents it’s a solution. On with part two!

Part 2

Two chapters in part two, perhaps they’ll go up with each one? BUT THIS PART HAD DINOSAURS. again it’s mostly explaining what the events of the last book have caused in the intervening time but it’s twice as fun because dinosaurs. I will say, I’m a big fan of splitting up love interests for a bit, it lets you get to know the characters outside of their romantic interests- so you get a better handle on their motivations etc. Let’s see how long it takes to reunite these two.

Part 3

Ok, so I’m guessing it’ll be fairly soon since it would seem things are coming to a head rather soon! You can’t deny that this series is fast-paced. We’ve just had a scramble for boats reminiscent of a zombie novel. But we’re heading back to dinosaur continent (Piloria) in the next part so obviously, it will be better than the sections of this book devoid of dinosaur.

Part 4

This really does feel like something reminiscent of a zombie novel, but the zombies are dinosaurs, I don’t know. It’s that kind of ‘survival at all costs’ vibe. Our two povs have been reunited and so far things haven’t become too mushy. And I’m en route to Basingstoke so all is well. Onto part five.

Part 5

The longest part by far, if sat this takes up the bulk of the book. It’s interesting, this book doesn’t seem to really have an antagonist beyond the people who want to kill the dinosaurs, but that’s not inherently evil, there are some mean dinosaurs. So it feels a little bit light in conflict, far more about the idea of surviving and building a new life than about the themes that were in the earlier two books. There are still some great dinosaur moments and some nice storytelling (there’s a sweet little fairytale moment in the middle). I just feel like there’s something different between this and the previous two books. Not bad necessarily. Just different.

Part 6

We’re back to short parts and I don’t have too much to say beyond don’t read this part if you’re arachnophobic. Also, there’s been some father/ daughter’s love interest conflict that I don’t know that I’m here for, it feeds that ‘you belong to your father’ sentiment that is just such rubbish. Since our dear Storm was unconscious at the time I’m hoping she’ll sort them out once she’s more aware of what’s going on. There’s not much book left? Not sure what can happen now.

Part 7

OH, ACTION. Again, doesn’t quite feel like the previous books because it’s more a predator-prey thing than anything else. Not quite that battle of minds and conspiracies we had in other books. But perhaps that’s a good thing? An injection of something new into ya. But was that the climax of the book? There isn’t a whole lot left? I’m intrigued. This is a trilogy, right?

Part 8

Most certainly a ‘tying the threads’ book as opposed to a plot-heavy story. I think if you know that going in it’ll be more fun for you. One part to go.

Part 9

A sweet ending. And one that probably could have been seen from book one. A nice short part to bring us back full circle.

Final verdict

Well, I had fun. I do think this book is quite plot/conflict light. Or, I should say, there is plot and conflict it just comes from a quite different place to in the previous two books. At least that was my interpretation of it. I did appreciate that this whole series didn’t get caught up in romance. It was a nice side plot that was inevitable but didn’t overshadow that more significant portions of the story. I will say, I would have liked more interactions between humans and dinosaurs. But possibly that’s my how to train your dragon love coming through, and I can see how this book would basically just be Jurassic park at that point. But possibly just a slightly greater focus would have been nice.

My rating: 3/5 stars

I got this book from the library, all opinions are my own.

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What will the TBR TeaCup pick next? 

The Ask and the Answer

Oooh yay! I’ve been meaning to carry on with this series for ages, so it’s great that The Ask and the Answer has come around! I’ve got to speed read The Ruin of Kings before it’s due back in the library (can it be done in two days? We shall see…) but I’ll be back with that readalong very soon!

What say you? Will you be reading Rebel? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

J

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