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January 2018 Debut of the Month | In a Nutshell: Exhilarating escapism, dystopian devastation and dinosaurs
A thrilling fast-paced romp through an alternate world in which resources are scarce, and humans have been pushed to the edge by man-eating dinosaurs.
With reptilian ravagers occupying huge swathes of land, the Earthasian authorities have invited intrepid citizens to collect dinosaur eggs from the island of Piloria. The eggs will enable scientists to “get to the root of dinosaur DNA”, with the ultimate aim of eliminating these “vicious, mindless creatures” so humans can occupy their territory. While few are expected to survive the terrifying trial, the winner’s prize is priceless – they will be awarded unlimited food and access to healthcare, which is what motivates Lincoln to enter. His sister is dying and this is his only chance to save her. Parentless Stormchaser isn’t exactly sure why she’s decided to enter, except she’s sick of her life in one of Earthasia’s grim Shelters, and has an instinctive urge to explore. With her kick-ass attitude, dogged determination and striking eyes, Storm is your archetypal feisty YA heroine, and the conflict that arises from her feelings of affinity with dinosaurs create an extra fizz of tension alongside the relentless dangers of the trial. “Shouldn't every living creature have the same chance of survival?” she wonders. Throughout, morality is pitted against personal preservation, and fans of fast-paced, quest-driven fiction will surely be left desperate for the second installment of this strident series. ~ Joanne Owen
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 - both human and reptilian - they can't afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other...
In addition to our Lovereading4kids expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
Khadijah Ahmed, age 20 - 'An interesting twist to the typical Dystopian read. Dinosaurs, anyone? #extinctiontrials'
Humaira Kauser, age 19 - 'It was gripping and I was rooting for Stormchaser the whole way. Maybe I will like this book; I'll have to read more to find out'.
Edel Waugh - 'Those in authority are seeking Volunteers to go on a mission to collect dinosaur eggs so life on the the planet can be saved , this is a dangerous journey with no guarantees of making it back alive , but the alternative is almost equally as hazardous . Stormchaser is just the person for the job!'
Jenny Bridgeman, age 12 - 'This is a sample chapter but I am so excited about what happens next! It sounds really good,it's a bit like ‘Hunger Games’/ ‘Maze Runner’ crossed with ‘Jurassic Park’ and I think it will be very action packed.'
Izzy Read, age 17 - 'Dino’s plus overpopulation equals a whirlwind tale of tension and adventure.' @izzysaround
Dani, age 26 - 'After reading a chapter in Usborne's 2018 sampler, I have so many questions. The scientist inside my head is curious about the coexistence of humans and dinosaurs. This chapter hints at incredible characters and plenty of morally ambiguous action.'
Jasmine Sillence, Y7 - Thorp Academy - ‘The Extinction Trials’ is a dystopian novel where dinosaurs are still alive and people are out to kill them. It is interesting and is different to anything I have ever read before so I am quite intrigued to find out what happens in the book and see what happens to the dragons and who the 100 people who get through the trials are.'
|Publication date:||28th December 2017|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4|
S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland with her fiance and two sons. Her day job is as a nurse in public health - and her dream job is writing fiction. Her love of YA fiction started as a teenager and has never stopped. She wrote The Extinction Trials to try and infect her sons with the same love of reading that she has - watch out, she's hoping it's contagious!More About S.M. Wilson