The humans also learn more about the society in which they live and their place within it. This philosophy is balanced well against the action, so never slows down the book. Clearly, this series will appeal to fans of Hunter's Warriors books, and I've even seen blurbs saying that it will appeal to Animorphs fans, although considering that no new books in that series have been published for almost fifteen years, I doubt there are many young readers who are familiar with those! This series promises to be a nice mix of elements: Dystopia, animals, and games as well. Feb 12, Jetta rated it really liked it.
I think that Castor is very brave that he fought the scorpion-tiger to protect his friends. May 09, Makena Hoye rated it it was amazing. I'll start off by saying: I mainly read this because the concept sounded nearly identical to one I and a lot of other people had when I was probably My friend had actually started writing an eBook on the concept. Anyway, the other reason? From Foxcraft to Wings of Fire, I can't get enough. That's not to say there's not a lot of cheesey ones in the category out there. However, I'm glad to say that Unnaturals is not on I'll start off by saying: I mainly read this because the concept sounded nearly identical to one I and a lot of other people had when I was probably However, I'm glad to say that Unnaturals is not one of those.
Sure, you have the punky boy and the rebellious cool girl; the heroically brave main character and the wise old mentor, but that's not to say that the series is unoriginal or stale. The plot is flowing and gripping though it had some flaws, like what exactly IS the "sky level? And if no humans go outside, why is there a streetsweeper? This being Devon Hughes first novel, it's an impressive debut. Of course, there are some lapses in description, such as Jazlyn's tail: at one point it is long like a panther's and the other it's described as a "cottontail. And what exactly were Jazlyn's "booster shots?
Having read a lot of solo animal stories, I appreciated the human POV, unlike a lot of other readers, apparently. They all wove together well, in my opinion. All in all, I'm excited to pick up the next book: Escape from Lion's Head! Frankly, I accidentally picked that one up from the library before realizing it was the second book in the series, and had to reserve this one But that's another story for another time.
Jan 29, Honesty rated it it was ok Shelves: adventure , animals , dystopian-and-post-apocalyptic , did-not-finish , tween , science-fiction , underwhelming , eye-rolling. While the premise sounded interesting, I just couldn't get into this one. Overall, the writing was flat and the character introduction info-dump came across as the work of an amateur.
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In fact, the lack of style reminded me of another writer I'd attempted to read before. Once I flipped to the back, I wasn't surprised; the author profusely thanked James Patterson for his guidance, and cited Patterson's advice to "cut the poetry. Besides the poor worldbuilding and flat characters, nothing was described in an interesting enough manner to keep me reading. Correction: the only description I liked was of the dog getting sucked up by a street-sweeper.
The understated blandness enhanced the horror there, but everything else was underwhelming. I may slog through this in the near future since the sequel features an awesome-looking bat-fox plus the street-sweeper scene gives me hope the author might eventually figure out how to write , but right now I have better things to do, like watch paint dry.
May 13, Shane Brown rated it really liked it. This book is about a dog who is turned into a mutant, called an "Unnatural", and forced to fight other Unnaturals. My favorite part was when the Unnaturals talked together about their situation, even though they are enemies. This book connects to the concept that you might have to sacrifice others' survival for your own. The style is interesting because it shows the humans' side of things as well as the animals', which gives each perspective.
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I recomm This book is about a dog who is turned into a mutant, called an "Unnatural", and forced to fight other Unnaturals. This book uses a world just similar enough to ours that its messages and characters are relatable and realistic, but also interesting. Feb 04, Sydney Shafer rated it liked it. I think that this book shows good promise and has a wonderful storyline, but it goes really fast. This book is set in the future, where the government imports and catches animals in order to mutate them.
They give them traits from other animals, and then force them to fight against each other. This storyline has a lot of potential, but the plot is very undefined and rather ambiguous. The sequel is worse Also; Castor is an excellent character, but his strength and power are over the top. He se I think that this book shows good promise and has a wonderful storyline, but it goes really fast.
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He seems to completely change character from book to book as well. Mar 21, Ellen rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Kids from Shelves: scifi , youngadultbooks , social-problems , childrensfiction , adventure , dystopia , dogs , animals. The Unnaturals are genetically engineered animals created to fight each other to the death, kind of like the Hunger Games, but for hybrid animals. The setting is a dystopian world in which the wealthy live "in the sky" and the poor are "down below," living in the polluted world.
Castor is a German Shepherd who is captured and injected with eagle serum. Most of the story is told from his point of view, as he struggles with the plight he finds himself in. The scenes which feature two kids, Marcus The Unnaturals are genetically engineered animals created to fight each other to the death, kind of like the Hunger Games, but for hybrid animals.
The scenes which feature two kids, Marcus and Leesa, are less compelling than the stories of the animals. I was totally absorbed by this book and can't wait to read the next one. Jan 06, Thistle rated it liked it. When I picked out this book, I suspected it wouldn't be very good. But it had a number of elements I liked told from the animal's POV being the main one , and it had a great cover I know, I know , so I decided to give it a try.
The story opened with a pack of dogs living on the street. Through them we learn that people never leave the buildings anymore -- the air and water is too toxic for them to survive. So how do dogs and all other animals survive outside? Since they were more intelligent t When I picked out this book, I suspected it wouldn't be very good. Since they were more intelligent than our RL animals are, to the point of the main character dog teaching himself to read by looking at street signs, I'm okay with assuming that they're somehow more evolved. Or mutated. Or something.
Two of the dogs encountered a street sweeper machine. If people never ever leave the buildings, why put them in protective gear and send them out to clean?
Who cares if there's trash on the streets? And where in the world does the trash even come from? For some unknown reason, the street sweeper just happens to have animal tranquilizers and a cage, so when it happens to break down and spot the dogs, the people in it can capture them. As you can see, plotholes abound.
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To be far to the book, this isn't even a YA book -- it's targeted at year olds, so likely they wouldn't notice all the issues. That sort of thing. Then the animals have to fight to the death for the entertainment of the humans. It was exactly like some kind of talking animal Hunger Games story.
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Nearly every human gleefully torture the animals. That was the last straw. Edit: Rereading this, I realize I didn't touch on any of the things I liked. There were some big positives about this book.
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I liked all the characters, and they seemed believable "people" personalities? Even though I didn't like the dog learning to read by looking at signs, other than that, I bought the animals as animals -- their behavior seemed realistic to me if too intelligent. The main dog character's struggles, feelings, and reactions were well-written and believable.
If the story had been more light-handed on the 'all humans gleefully torture animals' thing, I would have finished it. Apr 23, Ethan Robinson rated it it was amazing. It does have violence in it. May 29, Sean Harding rated it it was ok. The idea behind this seemed interesting, and there seemed be a good story in there somewhere but the execution was fairly flawed and it came across as pretty flat and dull and uninspiring.
Jun 14, Teah rated it it was amazing. I loved it. I was recommended it after reading the warrior cats series and it was worth the 2 month wait to get it. Sep 30, Gabrielle rated it really liked it. The Unnaturals by Devon Hughes is a book about the struggles to be yourself and friendship. Devon Hughes illustrates this beautifully throughout her book. It introduces us to our main character, Castor, through his dream in the dystopian world. Symbolizing his wish for peace and a place to be truly safe. As the plot progresses the normal german shepherd is thrown into a lab of mutants being trained to fight against each other and is turned into one himself.
This constantly goes against him, for trusting some of the others prove to be quite dangerous and traitorous. Always remember that first, and you will take away their power. They will try to take many things from you while you are here, but they cannot take that. I did enjoy the first edition of the The Unnaturals series and am looking forward to the books to come.
Jan 18, Margie rated it liked it. This is the first book in a Dystopian sci-fi series for the younger set. Details are sketchy as to how the world has become what it is currently but it likely has something to do with global warming and the deterioration of the atmosphere coupled with pollution. Humans are separated into those who live in the Drain, down below, and those who live elevated in protected dwellings above and protected from the mess.
In order to entertain the masses, animals are caught and turned into mutants via inj This is the first book in a Dystopian sci-fi series for the younger set. In order to entertain the masses, animals are caught and turned into mutants via injections of DNA from other species. The animals are then taught to fight others. These creatures are subjected to intense training and tortured in various ways in order to get them to obey and do what is expected. There are a few children who learn of this and are intent on freeing the animals from this horrifying situation.
Though the book was exciting at times and there are certainly noble characteristics within some of the humans as well as the animals the overall level of cruelty towards creatures is rather overwhelming at times. Those readers who are fans of the Warriors series, etc. Apr 01, Grace rated it it was amazing Shelves: alright , re-read-in I have to admit that at first, I wanted to judge this book by its cover.
A dog with wings? But after skimming a page or two at a random spot in the book, I decided I wanted to read it after all. I was quickly hooked and hardly put it down. It was an easy read, but it had a good plot, great characters, and nice descriptiveness. Jessica lives in semi-obscurity in Demopolis, Alabama. When she's not writing, she works full time as an EMT. She can be found on Twitter JessicaMeigs, on Facebook at facebook. You can also visit her website at www. Brandt Evans is floundering. One year after the Michaluk Virus decimated the southeast, Ethan Bennett and his six companions have become as close as family while facing the trials of living in a drastically changed world The Michaluk Virus is loose.
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