The Prey by Tom IsbellThe Prey by Tom Isbell

The Prey

byTom Isbell

Paperback | January 19, 2016

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The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games in this heart-pounding trilogy. Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it's always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut.

After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At the camp, these sixteen-year-old "LTs," are eager to graduate as part of the Rite. Until they learn the dark truth: "LTs" doesn't stand for lieutenants but for Less Thans, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with the Sisters, twin girls who've suffered their own haunting fate. Together they seek the fabled New Territory, with sadistic hunters hot on their trail. Secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are at stake. As unlikely Book and fearless Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.

Title:The PreyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.97 inPublished:January 19, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062216023

ISBN - 13:9780062216021


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Lacking in Many Ways ** spoiler alert ** I kind of enjoyed the book but there were many aspects that I did not like at all. I hated the romance part of it completely, it wasn't well developed at all and felt too forced and sudden. There was very little character development and I would have loved to have more bonding moments with the group while on their trek. I did not like the ending at all and felt it didn't make sense physically. They've had a super long and tough journey, surely they'd at least rest for the night rather than just turning back the second they get there. They didn't even inspect whether the rest of the group was allowed to stay in the community! What happens to them if they aren't allowed to stay? There is just so many better ways of finishing this book that would have made it better. And Book's past about him wanting to kill himself was so random and out of the blue and felt not needed at all. Don't get me wrong, I would have loved to learn more about it but it just seemed so random and didn't really fit with who he was because his character wasn't developed enough. And don't get me started on Hope. Gosh, I hated that girl so much. She made no sense at all and frustrated me pretty much all the time with her words. I found myself wanting to throw the book at a wall when she spoke because she was just so annoying. This book would have been better without romance in general. I did enjoy the few days they were in the old man's barn though; that was my favourite part of the book. I wish he had a better ending rather than getting shot multiple times and his home burning down. It was just a pointless kill just to spice up the story a bit. I felt he was one of the character's though that was developed well and you could really sense how he was. Overall, things weren't thought out in a realistic way and there was a huge lack of character development. I will still give the sequel a try though as it interested me enough to want to continue. I pray that it is better than the first.
Date published: 2017-03-19

Editorial Reviews

Readers will appreciate the irony and subtle, deeper meanings in character and location names as Isbell shapes his own vision of a dark world. Pair this with other blockbusters about hope in the midst of despair and danger, Veronica Roth’s Four, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, and James Dashner’s Maze Runner