The Extinction Trails By S.M Wilson Review
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…
Never have I seen a book perfectly described by what it says on the cover (even if it is on one of those annoying not-sticker stickers), but The Extinction Trails is Jurassic Park with the Hunger Games and I loved it! Set in a world which heavily overpopulated by humans, food is limited and work options are limited. The only option left is to attempt to invade Piloria, land of the dinosaurs but at a cost – the potential extinction of the dinosaurs. Told in two different points of view, of Lincoln and Stormchaser, they along with 98 others win the chance to travel to Piloria on an expedition and if they succeed in capturing dinosaur eggs then the rewards when they return home will change not only their lives but the lives of their families. Though the consequence of giving the government these dinosaur eggs could lead to these creatures being wiped from the face of the world and not by a meteorite this time!
This story was completely gripping from the offbeat, entering the world and meeting Stormchaser was a perfect introduction to the world. Simply because Stormchaser doesn’t see the world exactly as the rest of the population, after all in the first few pages we find her swimming in the lake with the plesiosaur, Milo. Stormchaser doesn’t exactly fear the dinosaurs, she doesn’t believe that their land should be stolen and they should be slaughtered. While Lincoln, the only reason he entered the trails was for the sake of his family because if he wins that means there is a chance he can save his sister’s life. He doesn’t appear to really care what happens with the dinosaurs but rather focuses on his family and himself. One thing which I really enjoyed when reading this that there wasn’t a love triangle, as I feared it would become this during the early chapters, but there wasn’t a romance at all which I loved! I feel sometimes in YA or dystopian that there is always romance occurring when sometimes it honestly isn’t needed at all – The Extinction Trails definitely proves this!
Now, I have to mention the plot which I actually enjoyed even though I worried that I would find it predictable but it wasn’t. Rather I got this fast-paced and exciting world! Which when I finished this book, I really didn’t want to leave but rather dive into the next novel – luckily Exile comes out later this year and it cannot come quick enough. I enjoyed the action, especially during the encounters with the dinosaurs themselves! Though I have to admit it is bloody, gory and not always pleasant but that’s what I loved! It was really fun imagining what the world would be like if dinosaurs still roamed the earth and I got to admit I have thought about this a lot since I’ve been obsessed with dinosaurs as long as I can remember! The world captivated me completely.
Have you read The Extinction Trails? What were your thoughts and are you excited for the sequel?