The Extinction Trials – Exile – S.M. Wilson | Book Review

The Extinction Trials – Exile Synopsis

Note: This review is spoiler-free!

Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival. Welcome to The Extinction Trials.

After surviving on Piloria once, Storm and Lincoln are the obvious candidates to return to the dinosaur continent to test the new virus that should clear the way for human settlement. But they have their own priorities – finding a cure for the plague that’s sweeping Earthasia, and keeping themselves alive.

Why did I pick it?

I really loved the first book so when the second came out I pre-ordered it straight away (although it has taken me a while to get round to reading it!).
I mean what’s not to love, it has DINOSAURS in it and quite frankly, YA was getting so full of copycat plots and storylines I couldn’t wait to continue with something new.

What I loved about it

The dinosaurs OBVIOUSLY. But I loved exploring the island again. The author has clearly spent a lot of time fleshing out the land. It did take a while to get back to Piloria but I honestly didn’t mind because for the first few chapters I got to learn more about Earthasia, especially the political and social setup which I found interesting.

If that makes it sound like this book is slow you’d be wrong. Once they arrive in Piloria the fun starts all over again and you won’t want to put it down as the suspense builds.

On finishing the first book I was expecting the potential romantic storyline to develop further but I’m pleased to say it didn’t and for that I am thankful. Instead, it revolved for me around two very different father/daughter dynamics, both different but both equally flawed.

What I loathed about it

In some parts, it did feel to be lacking direction. It’s something I see a lot in the second books of a trilogy and they are never my favourite. Book two often feels like just a way of linking books 1 and 3 together and I did feel like sometimes this book suffered from that fate.

Some elements felt a little “samey” but quite frankly, I’d take another book of “help! dinosaurs are coming” over a cliche love triangle any day!

Thoughts

A suspense filled riot of a book full of dinosaurs which will keep you happy until book 3.

When and where can you can get it

You can purchase The Extinction Trials: Exile on Amazon today

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