Friday, January 15, 2016

The Prey & The Capture By Tom Isbell|Double Review

The Prey (The Prey#1)
Published by HarperTeen on January 20th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 404
Format: Hardcover

A hot debut trilogy and a riveting story of survival, courage, and romance in a future where creating a master civilization is the only thing prized, no matter the method. After the Omega (the end of the end), 16-year-old guys known as LTs discover their overseers are raising them not to be soldiers (lieutenants) as promised, but to be sold as bait because of their Less Than status and hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with a girls’ camp, the Sisters, who have been imprisoned and experimented on for the "good of the Republic," by a government eager to use twins in their dark research. In their plight for freedom, these heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.

My Thoughts

I regret buying this book. I was expecting an epic, action-packed, thriller, but instead, I got simple, choppy sentences with predictable plot lines and strange character descriptions. 
"Major Karsten looked right at us, his anvil-shaped face skeletal in appearance." 
Excuse me, what? I'm just picturing an anvil connected to a body. Not only are the character's appearances terrible, but so is the writing. 
"Blood. Purpling. Coagulating before his eyes." 
Purpling? Have you seen dry blood before? 
"The problem was, only a handful of movies survived, all oldies, and so we saw the same ten films all year, every year. Stagecoach, Shane, To Kill a Mockingbird, that kind of thing."
Seriously, these are the movies that survived out of everything? I don't know if the author is a big fan of them, but honestly, I've only heard of one of them. This is a book directed towards teenagers. That little tidbit was useless in the story. 
Book, Flush, Cat, Dozer, seriously, the names could not be any more obnoxiously simple as to how they received them. The narration of the story switches between two characters, sometimes even in the same chapter. It is so confusing! I think the story had potential, but I was just done with the overused plot line of a dystopian world with corrupt government testing their 'medication' on teenagers. Yet, it vaguely familiar to the Holocaust. Honestly, I had to skip some of the scenes either because they were too graphic or just awful or it was disturbing how someone could potentially make money off of this. The world building was not thought completely through. For one thing, we know very little about the outside world except that people outside of the camps are hiding anywhere that they can. Also, the entire country has just two camps. Either the population has greatly diminished or the camps are enormous. The only thing that I actually enjoyed about the story was the cover.

The Capture (The Prey#2)
Published by HarperTeen on January 19th, 2015
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction
Pages: 448
Format: ARC

This second book in the Prey trilogy is a harrowing story of survival as Book and Hope travel back to the eerie Camp Liberty, where Book was once raised to be hunted for sport, to save those left behind. With new twists, new turns, and a new love triangle, The Capture is a gripping adventure for fans of The Maze Runner. Every night it was the same: dreaming of those Less Thans shackled in the bunker beneath the tennis court. I couldn’t let it go. As bad as the memory was, my dreams only made it worse.... It was why we had to get back to Camp Liberty. Why we had to free those Less Thans. Book, Hope, and Cat cannot live with themselves—they cannot settle into a new free life knowing the rest of their fellow Less Thans and Sisters are still imprisoned. Now the teens must retrace their steps to save the others, destroy the compound, and thwart the evil plans of the Republic. With new enemies lurking—deranged Crazies and ominous Skull People among them—the group must put their fate in the hands of unexpected allies, including the woman with the long black hair and Miranda, the daughter of the Skull People’s Chief Justice, who is drawn to Book. Both may come to their aid, but at what cost? As the teens race toward Camp Liberty, they must ask themselves what they’re willing to do to free their friends, for the path back is filled with even more danger as motives are questioned and relationships tested.

My Thoughts

I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway thinking that the first book would be incredibly fun and thrilling. Unfortunately, the choppy sentences and terrible character descriptions are carried over into this book as well. Honestly, I wasn't too surprised with the overall content of this book. The plot twists were predictable as were the character's reactions. There's not much more to say, I covered most of it in the first book's review.

1 comment:

  1. Such a shame as the cover art is splendid. I'll probably pass on these.