BOOK BLOG: S.M. Wilson

The Extinction Trials: Rebel – Tense. Thrilling. Tantalising.

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“Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival. Welcome to The Extinction Trials

Storm and Lincoln’s city is burning. The people are starving. The only place left to run is Piloria, the continent of monsters. It’s up to Storm and Lincoln to keep their people alive as they colonize this lethal paradise. But will the biggest threat to their survival be the monsters in the jungle…or the ones inside the encampment with them?”

Rebel is the third and final book in The Extinction Trials trilogy and my word, I was NOT ready for this series to be over. I DEVOURED book 1 and 2 when they came to me and book 3 was NO different. If you haven’t already read them, THEN WHY NOT? (You might find my reviews of book 1 and book 2 helpful if this is the case!)

In Rebel, we begin with how life is looking for our 2 protagonistsStormchaser, who is living on Piloria with her father, and Lincoln, who is back in Ambulus City having gone back at the end of book 2. The stark differences between the two settings was always something that I loved about these books – Ambulus City was always so grey and dank, whereas you have lushness and colour on the island of Piloria (yes, yes, I know, there’s dinosaurs too!) Things start to go wrong when there’s a bit of a revolt and Ambulus City is burning to the ground. Lincoln, and the people who matter most to him, end up leaving the city on a boat bound for none other than, yep you guessed it, dinosaur land: Piloria. 

There are SO MANY THINGS I loved about this book. I’m going to try and summarise all of my thoughts into concise sentences, but you all know me… it’s not going to happen! I also need to try and NOT be spoilery. (If you wanna know the spoilery thing I loved about this book, then ask me… I won’t ruin it for everyone!)

It’s tense: like there’s some REAL moments of tension in this story. People butt heads, people argue (like you would if you’ve just moved to a brand new island with some of your least favourite people in the world). There’s DINOSAURS threatening your existence. A real thread of built up tension is written beautifully into this story and then there’s a few BOOM moments of fall out. 

It’s touching: seeing the relationships between the characters building was just lush. I have a real soft spot for most of the characters. I was so glad to see some of the old faves back. You see Storm and her dad HAVE to get on with each other. You see them actually LIKE each other and trying to understand each other. You see their relationship blossom into some kind of father/daughte relationship. Friendships, relationships: they’re all explored and it’s so so lush to read.

There’s a REALLY BLOODY GOOD VILLAIN: God, I HATED HIM. I wanted to punch him. But it’s what made him SO SO good. Someone with a CLEAR God complex going on. 

It’s dystopian fiction at its best: like… I BLOODY LOVE dystopian fiction, but this is the first series I’ve come across in a LONG time where I’ve been INVESTED. I love the characters, the worlds, the danger, the peril, the emotional investment. I dare you to read this book and NOT love it. 

Some old faves are back: Aw man. I don’t wanna spoil anything but I did a GENUINE woop at one moment. There’s a very touching moment with Lincoln and one of the characters that really touched me. You’ve gotta look out for the people who mean something to you and those closest to you! I loved that Blaine wasn’t forgotten in this story. I loved him SO much. 

Storm really blossoms in this story: Storm becomes this really empowered young woman. She stands up for herself and for the people and things she loves. She doesn’t seem to be afraid of the Stipulators in this story. She’s developed a real bit of gusto about herself in this story. I REALLY love Storm. She’s brilliant. 

So yeah, I loved this book. I loved this trilogy SO MUCH. I don’t think I can quite put into words how much I loved this trilogy. It ended in SUCH a satisfying way. 

My goodreads review: (lol look at me trying not to be spoilery everywhere)

YES THOUGH. I can’t say too much without being spoilery. But my gosh this was brilliant. It was tense and action packed and interesting and just brilliant. I’d missed these characters and this world so much!

Yes, I managed not to say the spoilery thing. I NEED SOMEONE ELSE TO READ THIS BOOK SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT THOUGH. 

If you’re looking for a brilliantly written, fun, dangerous dystopian series with characters you’ll want to read about, then I would whole-heartedly recommend The Extinction Trials. Rebel came out yesterday, so GO GO GO GET ALL 3 AND BINGE. It’s SO worth it! 

Have you read The Extinction Trials?
Do you think you’d survive on dinosaur island?
Are you a fan of a really good bloody villain?

A massive massive thank you to Usborne for sending me a copy of Rebel. I’m so so sad this series is over, but I am so glad it’s in my life!

S x 

 

BOOK BLOG: S M Wilson

Exile: new friends, old friends; new enemies, old enemies; same old dangerous dinosaurs. 

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“Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival. Welcome to The Extinction Trials.

After surviving on Piloria once, Storm and Lincoln are the obvious candidates to return to the dinosaur continent to test the new virus that should clear the way for human settlement. But they have their own priorities – finding a cure for the plague that’s sweeping Earthasia, and keeping themselves alive.”

For those of you who have been living under a rock, The Extinction Trials is one of those brilliantly excellent series that comes along and kicks you in the face with its brilliance. Last year, the first book in the trilogy (I think?!) was released. The Extinction Trials was our first introduction to Stormchaser and her world – trying to rid their world of dinosaurs. If you’re interested in finding out more about The Extinction Trials, check out my review here BLOG TOUR: The Extinction Trials. It’s actually a little bit different that review – it’s an aesthetic/mood board that the book inspired. You should DEFINITELY read the book though

For those of you who have read book 1, welcome to my review of book 2. Yes, hello, I have read Exile and I LOVED IT OK. (I could stop this review there, but I’m sure you came for more than I LOVED IT OK. I love lots of books. That’s probably one of the things you’ve noticed about me. But anyway, less rambling, more reviewing).

So Exile leaves off not long after where The Extinction Trials finishes. Storm, Lincoln and the crew are back in their home land, away from the land of the dinosaurs. Safe. Ish. Life has carried on while they were away – Arta is still poorly, people are still starving, there are still more people than there is land. At the end of Extinction Trials, Storm makes a very brave decision which benefits those siblings who are left behind. She’s kind of bending the rules; she’s been brilliant. Things start to change for Storm. She ends up getting a new job, which obviously leads her to going back to Piloriaback to the dinosaurs. Back to the danger, the nightmare. But also back to the colour, the warmth, the dream. (I won’t spoil it for you as to HOW she comes about this situation… but I thought it was an INTERESTING turn of events that made sense! And YAY Lincoln gets to go back with her!)

So here we go again, ready to fight the battle again – dinosaurs, danger and DNA. It’s always dinosaurs and their DNA. It’s always dinosaurs and their death. 

I absolutely loved being back on Piloria with these characters again. I didn’t realise how much I missed these characters until I started reading again. It’s so wonderful when you read the second book in a trilogy and you remember what you loved about them so much. I very much have that about Storm and Lincoln. I remembered their stories. The things these kids have to go through for their government are astounding. I just think I don’t know what I would do. The assortment of dilemmas thrown at them through the book are eye-opening. Would you choose to kill dinosaurs? Would you do anything to save your sister? Would you rescue the families of the people you watched die? Would you go to a VERY dangerous island with your estranged father? (I know what I would do, and it would not be noble. I am much too duty bound)

I absolutely loved seeing Blaine again. He was one of the things I loved the most about book 1 so getting to see him again in this book made me so happy. (I clearly have something about that kind of character – the man left to survive on the island. The Explorer from The Explorer was one of my favourite things about that book too!) Adding new characters, new dynamics, new relationships to the mix meant there was another level of risk, danger and love in the mission this time. There’s daughters and fathers, old friends and new friends, enemies and friends. Add in new emotions and new people to a mission that some have already been on before and you’re bound to have some frought tempers.

Another thing I absolutely adored in this book (and in book 1) was that it was JUST THE RIGHT amount of peril. There were moments where I was like OMG NO. DONT DO THAT. SHUSH BE QUIET. THEY’LL HEAR YOU. (I know the characters can’t hear me, that doesn’t stop me though, shush now!) DINOSAURS ARE SCARY GUYS. I mean, I wouldn’t want to mess with a T-Rex. I don’t care who you are. The dinosaur scenes are intense. A lot intense. 

This book is BRILLIANT. I love a good bit of dystopian YA fiction (hello have you met me?) and Susan Wilson just keeps hitting the nail on the head with these books. If you’re looking for a brilliant, brave main character, some danger and beautiful writing, then you’ve come to the right series!

My Goodreads review is SO terrible, I really must work on these:
“SO GOOD. I missed these characters, this world. There’s some new friends and enemies in this book and the plot is woven deeper this time round. Just lush.”

Also, a massive massive cry happened when I saw this… THAT’S ME. I definitely did cry. Me and some of my favourites. Thank you so much to Susan. I will forever shout about these books because they’re WONDERFUL.

Anyway, yes. There you go. Sorry to keep you here so long. Have you bought the book yet? Are you tempted to? Well you should because it’s brilliant. I don’t lie to you guys ever. I wouldn’t. 

Are you tempted to buy The Extinction Trials?
Would you like to follow Storm and go to Piloria?
Do you have a favourite dinosaur?

Let me know in the comments or on twitter! I’m always free for a chat – @eenalol!

S x

 

BLOG TOUR: The Extinction Trials

Today, I get to share quite an exciting mood board I created for the blog tor of the amazing The Extinction Trials by S.M.Wilson

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“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…”

My full review of this incredible book will be up in a few weeks time, but today I get to share my moodboard and talk you through my choices. If you haven’t read this book yet then you absolutely need to. It is exceptional. If you don’t believe me, go check out some of the other stop on the blog tour and see what they’ve got up to!

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I think my moodboard captures this book, or at least my imagining of the book, really well. I tried to capture scenery most prominently as this was the thing that stood out most for me. The amazing scenery and the characters of this book make this an interesting and deepening book – their relationships with each other, and their emotions towards each other complicate everything!. From climbing treacherous cliffs to prove bravery and ability, to wide open land with the threat of dinosaurs, to actual threat of dinosaurs, I’ve tried to capture the essence of this book in my mood board. I could’ve gone on with this mood board for pictures and pictures, but I definitely am happy with the finished result. 

I’d love to know what you would include in your mood board! Let me know in the comments. This book is brilliant and I implore all of you to read it! 

If you have already read it and would love to know more about the second book, check out #SundayYA this Sunday as Susan is the guest of honour talking about book 1 and revealing the cover and title of book 2. 

If that’s still not enough, if you sign up to Usborne’s YA newsletter you can get a sneak peek at the first chapter of book 2. I know I can’t wait! Sign up here

Thank you so much Usborne (especially Stevie) for letting me join this amazing blog tour! Check out the rest of the stops on the blog tour and join us on Sunday for #SundayYA Extinction Trials!

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S x

#DesertIslandBooks – Peadar O Guilin

Good morning everyone! 

Today’s #DesertIslandBooks contender is the brilliant author of one of my favourite books of recent times! Who is it? I hear you bellow! Well it is none other than the brilliant Peadar O Guilin. If you haven’t read The Call yet, then my word get on it. My review for the incredible 1st book in the duology (is that a word?) can be found here: BOOKBLOG: Peadar Ó Guilín) Go check him out on twitter, you’ll find him at @TheCallYA.

DIB rules

“I, Claudius” by Robert Graves.
The ultimate underdog story. Claudius is probably the unconscious inspiration behind several of my own protagonists. The supporting characters are amazing too, especially the terrifying, yet hilarious, Caligula and his grandmother, Livia, the calm poisoner. It’s intrigue all the way until everybody is dead!

“Silver Metal Lover” by Tanith Lee.
I don’t enjoy romance stories very much, and the idea of reading about a girl falling in love with a robot would put any book right to bottom of my TBR. But Tanith Lee’s work is always so rich and intense and in this book, she turned a dodgy premise into a work of genius.

“The Fifth Season” by N.K. Jemisin
I laugh sometimes when I see authors on the internet talk about how dark their work is. Everybody and their dog seems to think this of themselves. None of them has read “The Fifth Season” as far as I can tell. This is world-building at its best and most horrible.

“Black Juice” by Margo Lanagan
I don’t understand everything that happens in a Margo Lanagan short-story. I only know that each and every one of them flicks buttons in my soul and changes me.

“Story of your Life and Others” by Ted Chiang
This is one of the best collections of Science Fiction short stories I have ever read. The title story was the basis for the hit movie “Arrival”, but Ted Chiang’s version is far more effective in my opinion. The other tales are wonderful too.

“The Unfortunate Fursey” by Mervyn Wall
I’ll need a few laughs on my desert island, so for this, I’ll pick Mervyn Wall’s forgotten work of comic insanity, “The Unfortunate Fursey”. A simple medieval monk crosses an Ireland full of Monty Python characters and supernatural creatures. This has to be read to be believed. But only if you can find a rare, precious copy.

Album:
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars” by David Bowie — no extra tracks, please!
If I can only take one album it has to be Ziggy Stardust. The whole thing is arranged to tell a story, or rather, to suggest a story that we listeners have to put together ourselves. It’s full of cracking songs, some of which will be famous until the heat death of the universe. But for me, a YA writer with a penchant for dystopia and the post-apocalypse, “Five Years” is the best of all. The lyrics of this song explore the reactions of people on the day everybody learns the Earth is to be destroyed in five years time.

Snack:
Ombar Chocolate bars. Vegan. Tasty. Expensive.

The things I would save? 

The Call and the song Five Years

(Controversial! Didn’t choose The Call, BUT I will let you off Peadar as it is an incredible book!)

Thank you so much Peadar for being involved! 

S x

Desert Island Books – Susan Wilson

Good morning gang! 

Today we have another brilliant author taking part in #DesertIslandBooks! Today Susan M Wilson, author of the hotly anticipated ‘The Extinction Trials’ has agreed to be castaway! I bet she would rather be castaway than featured in her own book… it’s pretty intense!! If you’re interested, go check it out on Amazon. I suggest you buy it… it’s going to be a HIT! Go follow Susan, @susanwilsonbook!

DIB rules

Steph, I found this very hard which is why it took so long!

6 books
The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox by Maggie O’Farrell
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
The Last Letter from Your Lover by Jo Jo Moyes
Across the Universe by Beth Revis
The Girl with all the Gifts by M R Carey (YESSSSSSS)
My book choices would probably change every day.  Day job is nursing and the premise behind The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox reminds me so much of the some of the elderly patients in a mental health ward I came across 25 years ago.  Some of them had been in hospital most of their lives and staff didn’t really know why they were there.  The Last Town on Earth is an epidemic style book that appeals to my public health nursing head.  Jurassic Park has always fascinated me and I continually wonder What If…..?  I’m a real sci-fi freak so Across the Universe struck close to the heart. 
Snackchocolate, always chocolate.  I am a chocolate addict.
Tea or coffee – always coffee.  My favourite is a skinny latte with sugar free caramel. (I’m sure I can arrange that!!)
My music choices reveal my age!
Queen – Under Pressure.  
Lionel Richie – Dancing on the Ceiling
Simple Minds – Alive and Kicking
Wham – Last Christmas
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling
Sam Smith – I’m not the only one
Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Spandau Ballet – True
Michael Jackson – Man in the Mirror
George Michael – Faith
The Script – The Man who can’t be moved
Soft Cell – Tainted Love
George Michael and Aretha Franklin – Knew you were waiting
Human League – Don’t you want me?
The one book I’d be left with is Jurassic Park because Michael Crichton is just the master, and Simple Minds Alive and Kicking.  Seems fitting for a desert island!
Thank you so much Susan for agreeing to be castaway! Thanks for joining in #DesertIslandBooks! I hope you manage to stay alive and kicking!
S x