- Gebundene Ausgabe: 416 Seiten
- Verlag: HarperTeen (20. Januar 2015)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0062216015
- ISBN-13: 978-0062216014
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 13 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 14 x 3,3 x 21 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 1.162.124 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The Prey (Prey Trilogy, Band 1) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 20. Januar 2015
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Readers will appreciate the irony and subtle, deeper meanings in character and location names as Isbell shapes his own vision of a dark world. Pair this with other blockbusters about hope in the midst of despair and danger, Veronica Roth’s Four, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games, and James Dashner’s Maze Runner (ALA Booklist)
Omega, they called that day. The end of the end. One enormous burst of electromagnetic radiation and everything that was even remotely electronic was fried to a crisp.
With the country in ruins, the new government declared it the Republic of the True America, imposed martial law, and separated all survivors into settlement camps. Now, twenty years later, three sixteen-year-olds uncover the dark truth: All this time they've been labeled Less Thans. Feared by society, they're being raised to be hunted for sport. Their only hope for survival is to escape with their friends . . . or risk certain death. Together they search for the fabled new territory in a heart-pounding flight to freedom, with sadistic hunters and the government's soldiers hot on their trail. Led by the unlikely Book and fearless Hope, these orphaned teens seek a better life, finding the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I first learned of Isbell’s debut YA novel way back in 2012. The concept immediately gripped me: a post-apocalyptic society, the Republic of the True America, in which teenage males referred to as LTs (Less Thans) are raised to be hunted by the elite. It’s got HUNGER GAMES qualities to it, sure, but also an original flair. Sounded like just the thing for me.
Well, now I’ve read it at last. And it was worth the wait.
THE PREY is narrated in alternating chapters by Book, a scholarly LT, and Hope, a teenage girl who’s been subjected to twisted experiments in the perversely named Camp Freedom. (The LTs, meanwhile, are housed in Camp Liberty.) When the mysterious Cat, a teenager who seems to know the inner workings of the LT system, appears in Camp Liberty, some of the boys plan a prison break, hoping to find their way to a nearby territory where they can seek shelter from the ruthless Republic regime. Joining forces with Hope and some of her fellow inmates, they set out on a dangerous journey across a landscape ravaged by a past nuclear war, with the Hunters hot on their trail.
This is a grim book, and Isbell doesn’t pull any punches. The Republic of the True America is Nazi Germany revisited, with its storm troopers, concentration camps, human experimentation, and plans for wholesale extermination of “undesirables.” But the horrors of this world are redeemed by the simple faith of Book and the desperate courage of Hope, two appealing characters who fight for what little good is left in the world. Readers will identify strongly with them and root for them as the non-stop-action plot unfolds toward its measured conclusion.
Isbell’s writing is spare and straightforward, his command of dialogue (not surprisingly for a published playwright) impressive. There’s not a scene in this book that isn’t expertly paced for maximum effect. And as in the best YA, there’s always a light that shines through the darkness, leading the characters and the readers on.
There were a couple of elements to this book I didn’t care for. The alternating perspectives (first-person past tense for Book, third-person present for Hope) made sense when the two were separate, but when they joined forces, the switching seemed redundant. And though both Book and Hope are highly likable in themselves, the romance between them seemed perfunctory and routine: boy and girl see each other, can’t stop thinking about each other, share a kiss, encounter a conflict in the form of girl’s attraction to another guy, etc. Partly that’s just me: I don’t see why every YA, even post-apocalyptic science fiction, needs to have a romance. But I do feel in this case that if the romance needed to be there, it could have been handled more originally.
But hey, those are minor quibbles about a book this rich, compelling, and readable. I sped through its 400 pages in three days, which is unknown for me. There will be sequels, though I’m not sure of the publication dates.
So now I guess I have to wait again!
Isbell grabs you in the first paragraph and hauls you along with lean, tight writing, distinctive and credible characters and suspense that surges, ebbs and surges again.
A highly respected and wildly popular college professor of theater, he exhibits a keen understanding of the young adult psyche in his characters of the young people struggling, wondering, cooperating, striving and being drawn to the opposite sex.
As a first work, "The Prey" is awesome, leaving us hoping Isbell as more to come.