Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Survivors: The Empty City

The Empty City (Survivors #1)

Survivors: The Empty City

By Erin Hunter

Summary: The time has come for dogs to rule the wild.
Lucky is a golden-haired mutt with a nose for survival. He has always been a loner—roaming the streets of the busy city and relying on his instincts to get by. Other dogs have Packs, but Lucky doesn't long for the days he spent with his littermates. He stands alone.
Then the Big Growl strikes. Suddenly the ground is split wide open. The Trap House is destroyed. And all the longpaws have disappeared.
Now Lucky is trapped in a strange and desolate new world with no food, foul water, and enemies at every turn. He falls in with others left behind, including his littermate Bella, a Leashed dog. Relying on other dogs—and having them depend on him—brings new dangers that Lucky isn't prepared for, but he may not be able to survive on his own. Can Lucky ever be a true Pack dog?
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Juvenile
Published: August 21, 2012
Similar: Warriors by Erin Hunter
My Rating: 3.5 stars

Fans of Warriors Will either be absolutely delighted with Survivors, or they will hate it with a burning passion. Well, maybe not that intense, but they won't like it.

I enjoyed it, but I constantly was comparing it to Warriors, and that probably made it lose some points with me. You can't beat Warriors, let's face it. These are some things I came up with:

Lucky: Firestar
Loudcages: Monsters
Longpaws: Twolegs
Earth-Dog: Starclan (Kind of)
Pack: Clan
Fierce Dogs: Bloodclan/Shadowclan/any cats giving Thunderclan a hard time.

The Erin Hunters are definitely sticking to what they know best, but I think that's a good thing. However, I find it strange that they went right from cats to dogs. Hello, Bluestar's death? And now I can't like cats in this series! Good thing I'm both a cat and a dog person.

The Empty City is still pretty original, and it has a bit of dystopian in it as well....kind of. It's not honest-to-goodness dystopian, but it was still cool. And I found myself liking Lucky a lot; his personality is much different than Firestar's. Still, I don't think it lived up to Warriors, which disappointed me. It did beat Seekers, though.

All together, 3.5 stars for a mostly original story with some characters I am sure I will grow to adore. (I hope there's pups soon! Kits were the highlights of the book for me in Warriors! They're adorable!)

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