Monday, April 25, 2016

Review: The Prey by Tom Isbell

Author:Tom Isbell
Title: The Prey
Series: The Prey #1
Publication: May 28, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: YA 
Source: Publisher

About the Book
The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games in this heart-pounding trilogy. Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it's always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut.

After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At the camp, these sixteen-year-old "LTs," are eager to graduate as part of the Rite. Until they learn the dark truth: "LTs" doesn't stand for lieutenants but for Less Thans, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with the Sisters, twin girls who've suffered their own haunting fate. Together they seek the fabled New Territory, with sadistic hunters hot on their trail. Secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are at stake. As unlikely Book and fearless Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.

Hope and her family have been in hiding for some time from the government. Along with her father and twin sister they've managed to survive on their own but have to constantly be on the move. One day, their father gets hurt and tells the girls that their best chances of survival is to separate. Hope doesn't want to do this but her sister leaves out on her own and for a short while that works until Hope turns back for her, only for them to get captured. What they go through is so horrific, cruel and sadistic trials all in the name of science. On the other side, Book, a boy disillusioned with the ways of the outside world. He thinks that someday they will graduate and become Lieutenants until they discover a boy in the desert on the brink of death, who shows them that the working of the world is much different from what they've been told. What begins as a journey towards freedom becomes something much bigger than their little band of friends. 

This was an okay story for me. It's completely possible that I've gotten tired of this genre but I do like the characters. I'm torn between wanting to know what happens to them in the next book or not reading it at all because of the ending. I felt like I went through so much with them only for them to do what they did. Truthfully after thinking about, I understand why they did it but I don't feel a huge connection to the world they are in. Overall, the pace is really slow and the characters are good but need more development. I think this a book that someone interested in dystopia might enjoy. 

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