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BOOK REVIEW: The Extinction Trials: Rebel by S.M. Wilson

– Short Review –

The Extinction Trials: Rebel is a fabulous end to the franchise, as Wilson delves deep into the dystopian locker to bring us a world on the brink of collapse and which threatens to take the last hope for mankind with it.

The stage has dramatically set in the first couple of chapters (of course aided by the previous two books in this gripping series). Wilson goes to town in this latest offering – freed from the shackles of a convoluted back story, as readers are already aware of the various fractious relationships that speckle the pages.

The Extinction Trials: Rebel is all out action and gripping story telling at its best for the young minds that have taken the journey so far! We are treated to various highs and lows with our protagonists – and of course plenty of dinosaur action to keep your heart rate pumping!

A fitting end to a wonderful series of books – ideal for reluctant readers and anyone who loves The Hunger Games, adventure stories and of course dinosaurs.

Books that you may also like; The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne CollinsThe Maze Runner Series by James DashnerNoughts and Crosses by Malorie BlackmanThe Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness.

– Long Review –

So, I’m a huge fan of this series because…

A) I love dinosaurs
B) I love dystopian books
C) I am a big advocate for Young Adult Books
D) I love books which have vivid and bold characters
E) Did I say I love dinosaurs?

This book has it all, and is a great way to cap off a marvellous trilogy of books.

With the first two books setting the scene, world, locations, characters and the underlying currents that are woven into this book with a deft touch – I believe it must have been somewhat freeing for Wilson and enabled her to go to town on producing a knock out book full of action, tension, survival, betrayal, sacrifice and a smidge of rebellion – with a huge side portion of dinosaurs!

Earthasia is dying, the place is a warzone, buildings are on fire, resources are depleted – the emergence of the cure of the blistering plague (the main story arch of book two) has made things even worse, as we find out the stipulators were hoping the plague would wipe out some of the population to ensure less mouths to feed and meagre provisions would stretch further. The cure has now caused even bigger issues that no one could have imagined. The world is burning, people are rioting…and the only place to go is Piloria, where humanity can try its luck of survival with the dinosaurs.

Wilson does dystopia so well and the opening chapters from Lincoln’s point of view brings to mind some of the greats, Dick, Asimov, Bradbury Orwell and Atwood. The chaos at the start of the book is so gripping that it just powers the reader through, the tension is palpable and I could picture everything, seeing the bustling crowds, buildings bursting into flames, the baying mobs trying to get on the boats leaving for Piloria – it is a great piece of writing and Wilson executes it with a masters touch.

Once back on Piloria the populous of Earthasia have to find a place to set up camp and create their new civilisation (their brave new world). You guessed it. Dinosaurs appear and the whole group of new arrivals don’t know what to do, what’s going on, how on earth are they going to survive on this new continent. How will they ever be able to call it home – that is until some old friends and enemies surface in the way of Stormchaser and Reban.

I loved seeing how Wilson addressed the issues of hundreds of Earthasian people arriving on a continent full of dinosaurs – Wilson deftly sews their fears, worries, anxieties and tensions of this new community, in a new world into an arresting tapestry of unbelievable proportions.

We also find out early on in the book that the viruses that Stormchaser, Lincoln and the trialists planted in the previous book have not had the desired effect, it appears to have morphed into a ‘Red Bull’ type of substance and has given the Velociraptors an unpredicted boost to their communications, speed, agility and bloodlust – the group need to survive now against a monster that they were responsible in creating.

There is so much in The Extinction Trials: Rebel to enjoy, and this series as a whole – Wilson has given a great gift to the world and I wouldn’t be shocked to see these being picked up and turned into a summer blockbuster (you heard it hear first) – these books have been such a journey and I have to say such escapism – thank you S.M. Wilson for the memories and bringing dinosaurs back from the brink and into a very scary future!

I also can’t wait for my children to be old enough to enjoy this thrilling series!

The Extinction Trials: Rebel is published by Usborne Books and is available here.





S.M. Wilson lives on the west coast of Scotland with her fiancé 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!

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Reviewed by Ross Jeffery

You can read our review of The Extinction Trials here

You can read our review of The Extinction Trials: Exile here.

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