The Extinction Trials

The Extinction Trials

S M Wilson,

The Extinction Trials

(The Extinction Trials 1)

Usborne, 2017

ISBN 9781474927345

11-14 Shortlist 2019


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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

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.