Title: The Empty City
Author: Erin Hunter
Publisher: Working Partners Limited
Imprint: Harper / HarperCollins Publishers
Publication Year: 2012
Rating: 3/5 stars
Are you tired of reading the same ole story lines in Adventure series novels? The structure of an adventure novel can be boring you say? You see the repeated patterns of the main character/s being introduced, they find out they need to pursue some kind of mission, they go on that mission and either succeed or they don’t. It’s not all that surprising as you already predicted what would happen before you even got past 30 pages. What if I were to tell you, you can experience the adventure through not a humans’ eyes but a dogs’? Interested now? Well, here is why.
The Empty City by Erin Hunter is told through a lone dog called Lucky. A destructive event has occurred within his city that causes humans to leave their belongings and their pets behind. Lucky seeks survival but he meets old and new friends which shift his focus from looking after himself to looking after them. I’m not going to spoil anything which occurs in the novel so the only way you can understand what I’m talking about is by reading it yourself.
What I will tell you though is how Erin Hunter is brilliant in seamlessly showing the world through a dog’s perspective. There’s language in there you have to think twice about. I almost wish there was a dictionary online I could check for these types of words I’ve never come across before. But whilst reading, you just have to attempt at putting two and two together.
If you’ve ever read Erin’s other series called the Warriors series which is based on the point of view of cats, than you will know what I’m referring to.
Back to the book, there are moments where you wish the story could progress a little faster, but once you really read further on into the novel, things start getting interesting. It’s definitely a different story than of her other series I mentioned. It is different in terms of the order of events which occur in the first novel. It feels like a prelude into how animals set up surviving in the wild, a prelude into the Warriors series. Well, that’s what I thought anyways.
So if you want to read something a bit extraordinary and gain another perspective, than The Empty City would be a great choice.
Fun fact about the author-
Erin Hunter is not just one person but 6. Experienced children’s book writers Victoria Holmes, Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, Tui Sutherland, Gillian Philip and Inbali Iseries form the astounding pseudonym, Erin Hunter.
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