Author: S.M. Wilson
Genre: YA Dystopian/Sci-fi
Published by: Usbourne
Publication date: 31/05/18
My rating: ★★★★★
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.
This review is spoiler free for Exile, though it contains spoilers from The Extinction Trials.
Exile is the stunning sequel to The Extinction Trials. Its bigger, better and bolder. With even more action and new dinosaurs. I absolutely adored it! I hadn’t realised how much I missed Earthasia and Piloria until I went back, I could get lost in this book forever. I just want to throw all the stars at it, it deserves them all. It’s Intense, nerve wracking and action packed, I spent the second half of it on the edge of my chair unable to tear my eyes away. YA definitely needs more dinosaurs.
Set after the events in The Extinction Trials, we see Storm and Lincoln adjust to life after the trials in Piloria. Storm and her team successfully steal eggs from three different types of dinosaurs, returning to Earthasia with them. Scientists have been working on viruses intended to wipe out the dinosaurs, something Storm is still conflicted over. The perks, healthcare and extra rations promised have been granted to Storm and those she claimed as family and is struggling to adjust to living in a house full of children. Lincoln has returned to the cave where he and his mother live, while Arta is in the medical facility receiving treatment for the blistering plague. When the scientists confirm the virus is ready for testing the stipulators, along with head stipulator Octavius decide to send Storm, Lincoln and other surviving finalists back to Piloria to plant the viruses. Both Storm and Lincoln have different priorities, finding a cure for the blistering plague and they know just who to find in order to get it… Blaine, an ex stipulator who was left on Piloria as punishment.
I can’t get enough of the worldbuilding, characters and of course the dinosaurs. Piloria is so beautifully described, it feels like you’re really there and you get to explore other parts of the continent. Storm’s and Loncoln’s story arc and character development are brilliantly written, I think by the end Lincoln has fully redeemed himself after events in the first book. Storm has grown so much since we first met her, she’s become one of my all time favourite protagonists. Can we just take a moment to appreciate how awesome Reban Don is?! If you liked him in The Extinction Trials, just wait until you read this. I love his story arc and character development, the reader gets to know him better during this book and realise there’s so much more to him. He’s such a brilliant and underappreciated character.
I can’t recommend these books enough. Seriously, is it 2019 yet?? I already miss my favourite heroine, dinosaurs (and Reban, obviously). I need to know what happens next!