① Character In The Prey By Tom Isbell
Fortunately, I feel the author will explore this in the second book of the series. I've enjoyed this book and all of its damn frustrating realism and recognition of human flaws. I'm looking forward to the next one. When I read the premise of The Prey, I was very excited to get this audiobook. I wanted to like it, but ultimately I was disappointed by it. It was told from the perspectives of two different characters, which was helpful to get multiple sides of the story, but Book was writing in first-person past-tense stating at the beginning that he was writing all of this down , and Hope was talking in first-person present, which was really distracting. In terms of narration, Christian Barillas had great voices for each of the individual male LTs, but all of his females sounded exactly the same: high pitched and whimpering.
I wish the director had had him listen to Ariana's narration as Hope so he could know how she was portraying her and incorporate that strength and inflection into his narration of her. Ariana Delawari had much less distinction between the individual characters, but overall was very good. Her portrayal of one of the male characters was very grating, as the character was, but it set my teeth on edge sometimes. Their performances were pretty good separately, but when put together into a novel where they spoke as the other, it fell short. The writing was not especially strong. There were some moments that were probably supposed to be big reveals that had a lot of potential to go somewhere but ultimately fell flat and were never addressed again.
There were also so many unanswered questions that really needed to be addressed to build the world. Who built the camps? Why do none of the females seem to suffer from radiation issues? Why are there only twin females at the other camp? How was a character living in isolation for so long suddenly found so easily? Why are the LTs killed off so easily if they've been trained and educated? Why is the hunting occurring so close to the camp? Who are the hunters?
The list goes on It doesn't matter that the characters especially Book wouldn't necessarily have started off knowing these things; he's obviously been around enough to know them now that he is writing his story down. There was also very little distinction between the characters personality-wise. For how many there were, there needed to be things to set them apart besides their names. It also seems the author forgot about most of the female characters once the groups came together.
And for being a story about boys who, in many cases, have some sort of physical deformity, and girls with no obvious education, they are all surprisingly successful with homemade weapons against trained adults with automatic weapons and armored vehicles. It feels like the Ewoks versus the Stormtroopers; shockingly effective, with very little loss. Apparently the odds are ever in their favor. I have heard this is going to be a trilogy. I would much rather have had the bizarre one-sided love-triangle occur in the second book, after the characters have had the opportunity to get to know each other, rather than throwing themselves at literally the first teenager of the opposite sex they have ever met.
It also turns Hope, who started off as a strong, independent female protagonist into a simpering, fickle girl who can't do anything without the help of a male. The ending made me angry. The characters, including those who should have known better, like Cat, decide to do something so profoundly stupid that it made me reconsider if I want to spend time on the next book. It felt like the author said to himself, "This is what I need to do in order to make a sequel", rather than resolving the story at hand and then continuing it later on. I really hope their foolish decision will come back to bite them in the butt in the sequel for their stupidity.
I wanted to like this story, but it did not pan out into a realistic story. There was very little loss, very few questions answered, a predictable romance, and a ridiculous ending. If you like dystopian young adult novels, it might be worth your time, and maybe the sequel will play out better, if you are willing to risk that investment. I'm still not sure that I am. Great book. Cat showed the others how to put them on sharpened sticks and cook them over the fire. Maybe even warmth. He crouches next to her. She can feel the heat from his body. Smell traces of sweat and musk and woodsmoke. Masculine smells. My arms wrapped around her and my chest pressed against her back.
Her body grew limp until it melted into mine and I was supporting all her weight. It was so still I could hear the beating of my heart, and then hers. The only thing she knows for sure is that all of her senses are heightened. It goes back to that first meeting in the barn and the kindness in his eyes. There was warmth there. I leaned forward and slid my hands on either side of her face and brought it gently forward and kissed her—our lips pressing against each other in a kind of quiet desperation. We had kissed once before, but that was clumsy and hurried and maybe even accidental. This time, it was no accident. When we finally pulled away, my body radiated warmth. Or even split up. At the same time as all of this, Book has to come to terms with his feelings for Hope, and discover if she feels for him as he feels for her.
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