The Extinction Trials

The Extinction Trials

S M Wilson,

The Extinction Trials

(The Extinction Trials 1)

Usborne, 2017

ISBN 9781474927345

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Who Wrote It?

Susan 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 young adult 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!

What's It About?

Stormchaser wants to escape her starved, grey life. Lincoln wants to save his dying sister. Their only chance is to join an expedition to a deadly country to steal the eggs of vicious dinosaurs. If they succeed, their reward is a new life filled with riches. But in a land full of monsters - both human and reptilian - only the ruthless will survive.

Fact File

The Extinction Trials has been shortlisted for lots of other awards, including the Northern Ireland Book Award, the Essex Book Award, Grampian Children’s Book Award, and the Scottish Teenage Book Prize.

S M Wilson might not fare well herself in her novels – she describes herself as having ‘no survival skills’.

She is a big fan of Star Trek and is currently working on a book set in space.

She has no pets but has owned a total of seven hamsters in her life (so far).

Her favourite dinosaur is the T-Rex.

To find out more about Susan, follow her on Twitter @susanwilsonbook.

Your Reviews

Charlie from Allerton High:

Wow! This book has been one of my favourite books so far and probably will still be at the end. I really like Stormchaser as she is a lot like me as she also likes adventure. My favourite genre of books are adventure and this book definitely is packed with lots of it.?

Charlie gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Isabelle from Prince Henry’s grammar school:

I thought this book was brilliant!I loved all the twists on the journey.It was impossible to put down my conclusion:I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a thrilling read full of mystery and fantasy!

Isabelle gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Amirah from Allerton High:

The book was very captivating in the beginning, but I lost interest as it came further on. I did understand the plot once reading the book but I like how all the information is given at different times!

Amirah gave The Extinction Trials 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Claire from St.Mary's Menston:

This is a great book if you like the Hunger Games. I really enjoyed it for this reason but it wasn't my favourite on the list.It is fast paced and the story keeps you guessing right to the end, it would seem there is a sequel to this book and it is something I would be interested in reading.

Claire gave The Extinction Trials 2 out of 5 and now plans to read The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery by Dave Shelton.

Kira from Royds:

I liked this book.I got a bit lost in the beginning although, i liked the part when the megaldon appeared. Overall, its a nice book.

Kira gave The Extinction Trials 3 out of 5 and now plans to read The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery by Dave Shelton.

Samantha from Southfield Grange Trust:

I enjoyed this book because the story was about how a group of youngsters are willing to die for the people they love.

It was exciting.

Samantha gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery by Dave Shelton.

Gerry from St Marys menston:

i like the the trails to get the eggs with the Dino DNA I also Love the twist with storm at the end

Gerry gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Caleb from Lawnswood High School:

A true thriller from start to finish!!!

The Extinction Trials is based on the concept that dinosaurs didn't get wiped out and this has massively affected humans. Dinosaurs live on a separate continent to the humans, however as resources become ever more scarce by the second and living conditions worsen, the government decides to try and identify the dinosaurs’ DNA and create biological weapons to eradicate them. Volunteers (called finalists) are required to collect eggs and upon hearing this, Stormchaser Knux signs up. However, she soon begins to realise that the monsters are much more than killing machines.

Great for people who like sci-fi!!

Caleb gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

jack from Corpus Christi:

This is the best book that ive read so far. I found the dinosaurs interesting and also the ending. This book is about stormchaser and Lincoln who are sent to piloria to steal dinosaur eggs. Overall I enjoyed this book

jack gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Ethan from Corpus Christi:

So far this is my favourite book out of all of the LBA books. It was enjoyable the whole way through and it was very hard to put down. It's about Stormchaser and Lincoln who live on Earthasia and travel to Piloria. I would recommend this book.

Ethan gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Edith from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School Leeds:

It was my favorite book of all time and I would love to read it again! It is so amazing and is probably my favorite book out of the 5. I rated this book 5/5 because it has everything!

Edith gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

thomas from john Smeaton Academy:

Overall, i really enjoyed this book. It was a good combination of two good ideas and it really is like the hunger games met jurasic parks

thomas gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Leena from Royds :

I could tell that the book overall is a good book it is just I don't like the genre of the book. The story line is good and I the fact that it was inspired by other stories. I probably wouldn't read this book again but I would recommend it to someone.

Leena gave The Extinction Trials 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Lizzie from Roundhay :

I loved the book and i think the ending was personally amazing but it took a long time to get to the trials but apart from that i loved it!

Lizzie gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Amelie from Roundhay high:

The extinction trials were great really great. At some points it was sad but I think there was only really one person who acted like a real person. It was still awesome how they included dinosaurs with an all ready epic story. The variety of characters was cool all characters seemed to have a different personality. There was also plenty of deaths to make me cry. The end wants me to read more but also makes me think wat about life and Lincoln. Overall a good book.

Amelie gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

areeba from allerton grange school:

it was a truly amazing book,packed with excitement. there was a boy and girl named Lincoln and stormchaser

i recommend this book to people who love adventure,hunger games and jurassic world.

areeba gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Areeba from Southfield Grange Trust:

Exhilarating, adventure, naturistic are a few words to describe this book which I thoroughly enjoyed.

To me this book is full of challenges and the adventures of what Storm faces. I did enjoy this book thoroughly but I didn’t enjoy the beginning I thought it was confusing and I put me off at times but I carried on reading it and I’m glad I did.

I thought this book was best in the middle, it was a good book but there are a lot of adventure books that are a lot better than this book.

Areeba gave The Extinction Trials 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Samantha from Southfield Grange Trust:

In Storm and Lincoln’s world, there are two continents: Earthasia is ugly, barren, overcrowded and dying from the effects of starvation and plague; Piloria is beautiful, green, fertile...and inhabited by vicious, predatory dinosaurs.

The only hope for humankind’s survival seems to lie with a desperate and disparate group of youngsters prepared to sacrifice everything for the sake of those they love. As they pursue a seemingly impossible quest, suspicion, betrayal and extreme brutality distort their focus and reveal unexpected truths about their world.

I like this book because it shows that the group of youngsters are willing to die for the people they love.

Samantha gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Sana from Southfield Grange Trust:

I like the part where it starts of by saying ‘only the strongest will be chosen’. And I also like the part where they use ‘only the reclus will survive’. And the way to survive is to risk everything.

I liked this book because it has a starter and is a really interesting book to read

Sana gave The Extinction Trials 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Rain from Southfield Grange Trust:

Stormchaser and her team have to go through the trials to prove they are strong enough to survive on Piloria. Their mission is to find the dinosaur eggs and return to the beach during seven days.

This is a very interesting book because it appears there are two continental plates one called Earthasia and the other called Piloria. The dinosaurs lived millions of years ago before humans rules the world. So it was a very entertaining when the author puts the two together.

Rain gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Max from King James's School, Knaresborough:

Action-packed, suspenseful, gripping, imaginative, but perhaps slightly unexplored.

I adored this book and found it to be a thoroughly captivating and thrilling page-turner. I must admit, when this book was presented to me as ‘Jurassic Park meets Hunger Games’ I was somewhat sceptical. This a huge statement to make and I was therefore intrigued to discover whether or not this story had been described accurately. However, upon reading the book I was delighted to learn that the book does live up to its description. S.M Wilson has managed to create an incredible world, where dinosaurs have somehow survived and the earth is highly over-populated. However, in this world that seems very fictitious she still allows the reader to descend into and inhabit the land, a feat I find very impressive. Furthermore, despite the book being quite short and very action filled, the characters are still well-rounded, relatable and easy to empathise with. My only criticism is that once the book delves into the action, there is not quite enough time to appreciate the settings and characters, therefore some further description would have been nice.

The protagonist, Stormchaser Knux (a name that immediately made me like the character) is an incredibly strong-willed, fiery force who suffers immensely as she attempts to navigate the alien world that has been kept hidden from her for so many years.

The Extinction Trials is based on the concept that dinosaurs still roam planet earth and have massively affected humans. Dinosaurs supposedly, live on a separate continent to the humans, however as resources become ever more scarce and living conditions worsen, there are many attempts to eradicate the dinosaurs and expand, but they have always been disastrous. When the government decides to try and identify the dinosaurs’ genetic code and create biological weapons volunteers are required to collect eggs and upon hearing this, Storm signs up. However, she soon begins to realise that the monsters are much more than mindless killing machines and are in fact often loving and gentle creatures with near human intelligence.

I would absolutely recommend this book to lovers of action-packed, fast-paced stories, but would also definitely recommend it to Sci-Fi and fantasy lovers.

Max gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Evie from Roundhay high:

This book was great and I thought the ending was amazing, the whole book was enjoyable

Evie gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Shannon from Corpus Christi Catholic College:

The characters had a lot of different personality and all had different back stories which I think added to the personality they all had.

The story line was very exciting and had a lot of action that made me want to read it more.

I liked this book very much and I would read it again

Shannon gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Anisa from Southfield Grange Trust:

I really enjoyed this book, I think that it was very interesting and adventurous. I did find the start of the book a bit hard to understand but as I kept on reading it all started to make sense.

Storm (the main character) who lives in a shelter all alone, wants to get out of her trashy poor life. She has no parents and no family, except for Lincoln who accepts her as a sister. Who cares about the kids? Who cares that loads of people were dying in the cause of starvation? Only Lincoln. Dinosaurs are roaming everywhere. Lincoln must go on a trial to save his best friend. Can he get the dinosaur eggs in time to finally get some money and save his friend. Read this 3rd person book to find out.

My favourite character in this book was Storm because she loves dinosaurs and she is never fearful about anything. She is always brave and never gives up. This book is definitely well suited for kids.

Anisa gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Amirah from Allerton Grange :

A brilliant novel, I couldn't put it down! I would really recommend this book to anyone who loves adventure.

Amirah gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery by Dave Shelton.

Michaela from Abbey Grange Academy:

Extremely gripping! I couldn’t put it down. Read it if you get the chance because it is brilliant! I love this book and hope there is sequel!

Michaela gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Jemima from Abbey Grange Academy:

This was an amazing book! I really liked the way it combined the Hunger Games (one of my favourite books) and Jurassic Park.

Jemima gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Evie from Roundhay high :

This book is very interesting and it is written beautifully.

Evie gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Mrs Blashill from Southfield Grange trust:

Fans of Jurassic Park and The Hunger Games will love this book and although I could appreciate the quality of the writing, the excitement of the story and the storyline it’s not my kind of book. It appeals to the intended audience and ticks all the right boxes.

I was interested in the afterword by the author and her influences and the thinking behind the story.

I’m not sure about the strapline on the front of the book – ‘only the reckless will survive’

Mrs Blashill gave The Extinction Trials 3 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Ella from Alleton Grange:

A truly amazing book,jam packed full of excitement,betrayal and adventure. I would really recommend this book!

Ella gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery by Dave Shelton.

Elisha from Cardinal Heenan:

This book is definitely a mix of the hunger games and Jurassic Park. To me it was amazing and definitely one of my favourites. When I found out there was a second book, I searched for it immediately!

Elisha gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Isabel from Allerton high school:

I liked this book very much as it was exciting and followed a good plot. I liked the characters and the representation of friendship and competition. I also liked how information was given to us gradually throughout the story. Weird ending that I don't think properly added up but have started to read the sequel so obviously enjoyed it. I would recommend this book to those who like gory, dystopia and adventure. ?

Isabel gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery by Dave Shelton.

Saffy from John Smeaton Academy:

I enjoyed this book very much . It is about a boy and a girl who enter something called the extinction trials meaning they had to retrieve 3 dinosaur eggs for a reward.

I recomend this book to any Jurassic park or Hunger games fans.

Saffy gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Abi from King James's School, Knaresborough:

The book is set in a different world with only two continents with interesting names Earthasia and Piloria. The two main characters are both 15 year olds called Stormchaser and Lincoln. Both are well developed characters and they enter the trials for different reasons, but manage to get along perfectly well. The book is written in 3rd person and it‘s really obvious when they switch from one character to the other. The book was simple to follow and to comprehend what was happening. There were a lot of twists throughout the story. The story is a lot like hunger games but with dinosaurs, and you enter the trials of your own free will. The end is not what I anticipated. It felt like I was there watching it with my own eyes. The only negative thing I have to say was the first few chapters were a little confusing.But after that I couldn’t stop reading the book. I always wanted to know what happened next. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading (or dinosaurs).

Abi gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Natalya from Prince Henry’s grammar school:

I found the extinction trials really good I thought near the end when you used like finding a needle in a haystack really fit in with what it was being compared to I loved how it’s based in the dinosaur age and how Stormchaser found a dinosaur and believed it is friendly because when you hear about dinosaurs? there normally not friendly bot milo the plesiosaur sounded friendly to me and when I was reading I could picture the story in my head!

Natalya gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read The Book Case: An Emily Lime Mystery by Dave Shelton.

Lauren from Roundhay School:

I enjoyed this book. It had good characters, an exciting plot and I liked how it was written at the beginning, with bits of information slowly being fed to you instead of revealing it all at once. However, Storm's motivations didn't add up.

Lauren gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Jake from Corpus Christi Catholic college:

The Extinction Trials is a book that has a very interesting and exciting concept but falls flat in its execution because of one main reason; the characters. Strormchaser and Lincoln are incredibly bland and boring and are more single traits than interesting characters. The other characters are just as boring with the most distinguished probably being Kronar who at least has a few interesting traits. Galen is a poor attempt at a villain as he has no motives more doing what he does and is basically just a mean person for the sake of it. The reason this ruins the book so much is that they focus on the characters more than the dinosaurs which is one of the only interesting aspects of the book. The parts with dinosaurs are the books high points but they bring another problem being that nothing is really explained. Is it set in the future? An alternate earth? Its never explained and it ends up raising more questions than it answers.

Jake gave The Extinction Trials 2 out of 5 and now plans to read Child I by Steve Tasane.

Nayab from Leeds east academy:

I really love this book because it shows sides to people that we might not have even ever seen in a person before,it perfectly represents love,hatred and ambition.It is a story for people who aren't faint-hearted

Nayab gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Mud by Emily Thomas.

Rakia from Southfield Grange Trust:

This book starts off with you meeting one of the main characters, 'Stormchaser'. She has befriended a plesiosaur, named it 'Milo'. The world in which this is set is more of a “them or us” type of situation for the human civilisation,.

I did really enjoy this book, I would say though, if you don't enjoy fantasy books like the Hunger Games and the film Jurassic Park then this book is definitely not your cup of tea. I liked it because you were constantly on the edge of your seat, anxiously anticipating whether or not she was going to stay alive. Overall, I think this book was absolutely amazing, its impossible to put down and I highly recommend you read it.

Rakia gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Edith from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High school:

This is definitely one of the best books that I have ever read! I loved every single part of the book, and I think that it is a brilliant book because of the fact that it is set in a period of time where the dinosaurs are still alive. I liked this feature because it would be cool if the dinosaurs still existed and it is so realistic that I felt as if I could just jump into the pages of the book and live the life of Stormchaser. I also liked the fact that it is very similar to the hunger games. This makes me like it more because I loved the hunger games series so because it was relatable to this it made me want to read more of it! I have already recommended this amazing book to my older sister and she is really keen on starting it as soon as possible!

Edith gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.

Aya from Southfield Grange Campus:

This book is about a girl and a boy. The boy couldn’t remember when he’d last seen his sister in natural daylight.

I did enjoy this book because they are facing a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

Aya gave The Extinction Trials 5 out of 5 and now plans to read Bone Talk by Candy Gourlay.

Alfie from Corpus Christi:

This book is a good idea and this shows throughout the book. It takes an interesting view on the common dinosaur vs human story and develops many ideas. The characters are compelling and the transaction between character perspectives is almost flawless. One thing I don't like about this story is how at the beginning it is a bit confusing to follow. Overall this book is interesting and fun. I would definitely recommend it.

Alfie gave The Extinction Trials 4 out of 5 and now plans to read Below Zero by Dan Smith.