- Language: English
- Genre: Young Adult
- Pages: 380 pages
- Format: Paperback
- Author: S.M.Wilson
- Publishing Date: January, 2018
- Publisher: Usborne Publishing
- ISBN-10: 1474927343
- ISBN-13: 978-1474927345
‘The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park’
Yes you read it right. I was promised a fast paced, action packed adventure in a dystopian world and I am elated to say that the story splendidly fulfilled its promise. It was an unputdownable, I finished the book in one sitting. To be honest I had my doubts at first, it sounded like a very big claim. I wasn’t sure whether or not the author would be able to pull it off in an unconventional style. But the story lived up to my high expectations. It was definitely a sumptuous read.
The Extinction Trials take us to a world where dinosaurs coexist with humans. Both live in different continents. Humans live in overcrowded Earthasia and dinosaurs live in Piloria, a pinnacle of greenery. In Earthasia everything is controlled by government. Resources such as food, water, housing, energy etc are strictly rationed. Now the government wants Piloria for themselves so that they can develop colonies there. But for that they need to exterminate dinosaurs from the continent. This is where the Extinction Trials comes into play. They send hundred kids on a suicide mission to find information about dinosaurs. That’s all I can say about the plot without divulging any spoilers.
I was completely hooked to the story from the beginning. The world building is breathtaking. It was very easy to envisage both the continents due to author’s realistic writing style. While reading about Earthasia I could visualize a dull and grey place where people struggle to survive every day. Whereas once the contestants entered Piloria, I was trembling with nervous anticipation. I was completely mesmerized by the beauty and danger of this unknown land. While reading the story I was constantly reading online about different species of dinosaurs. It’s the first time I have read a young adult book with dinosaurs in it. What’s interesting is that not all the reptiles are shown as frightening monsters. Throughout the story author has gently focused on the importance of harmonious cohabitation with other living creatures.
The two main characters of this book are Lincoln & Stormchaser and the story is alternately told from their viewpoint. Before talking about the characters, let’s take a minute to adore the name Stormchaser (badass). Though I liked them both, Storm is my absolute favorite. She lives alone in Earthasia and shares special bond with a plesiosaur. She is a level-headed girl who doesn’t blindly believes in government propaganda. Lincoln comes from a different background. He is a nice and determined guy who would do anything for his family. Also there is no romance in this book, story is completely focused on dinoland adventures. To add depth to the narrative, we have lots of secondary characters; sidekick friend, disposable teammates, friendly oddball, sneaky villain. Everything you need for a quality YA book.
My only complaint is that I wish the trials were spread out more evenly. The Pilorian portion of the story finished very quickly. But the story flows so smoothly from beginning to end that without even realizing you lose yourself in this fictional world. Ending of the book is perfect, it leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to know more about Reban Don. If this book is adapted into a movie, I’ll be first one in the queue to watch it.
Thank you Usborne Publishing for providing me the opportunity to review this book.