Review: The Extinction Trials by S.M. Wilson

A surprisingly great start to a dystopian series full of action… and dinosaurs!

The Extinction Trials Summary

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

In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do anything to win.

But in a land full of monsters – human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other.

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The Extinction Trials Review

On the front cover of The Extinction Trials, there’s a little sticker that says “The Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park.” Upon picking up this book for the first time, I didn’t believe that sticker for a second. I’ve seen countless books comparing themselves to The Hunger Games and the like, and normally they’re either nothing alike or just nowhere near as good.

The Extinction Trials is different. It really did give me The Hunger Games and Jurassic Park vibes. I was excited about this brutal, dangerous dystopian future in much the same way as I was about The Hunger Games, and the setting plus dinosaurs lived up the Jurassic Park comparison without a doubt.

Storm and Lincoln are both such strong characters, with very different reasons for entering the Trials. The story is well-paced, with plenty of action but lots of character and world-building too.

I need more from the sequel, though. There’s a hint of romance going on but it’s not focused on, so I hope we see that developed in book two. There are still a huge number of questions left unanswered, too. I enjoyed The Extinction Trials more than I expected I would, and can’t wait to read more.

My rating

**** 4/5 stars

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