Into the Wild by Erin Hunter

Into the Wild book cover
Rating 8.5/10
A fast-paced adventure starring the feline Harry Potter.

FOUR CLANS, ONE DESTINY

Into the Wild is the first book in the popular Warrior Cars series. The four Clans have shared the forest for generations but ThunderClan’s territory is in danger as the sinister and mysterious ShadowClan grows stronger each day. Enter Rusty, a domestic house cat who may turn out to be the greatest warrior of them all.

Into the Wild is a pleasant, easy read containing a strong central character ably surrounded by strong elder figures and good friends. The book contains an excellent list of characters and maps that make it easy to get up to speed with the world in which the cats live.

Into the Wild did occasionally remind me of the Harry Potter books, both in writing style and content. Rusty forms a firm friendship with an apprentice (warrior in training, more than six months old) called Greypaw, a longhaired solid grey tom. Greypaw adds the laughter to what is, when you really think about it, a rather gritty story. This friendship reminded me strongly of Harry on Ron when they first met in the Philosopher’s Stone. Cats such as Bluestar and Yellowfang form the older authority figures. These two characters reminded me of Dumbledore and Snape (though not too closely).

Rusty looked at Smudge. His black and white friend had never shown any interest in venturing into the woods. He was perfectly content living with house folk. He would never understand the restless longing that Rusty’s dreams stirred in him night after night.

From: Into the Wild - Chapter: 3

The pace of Into the Wild is very quick, always moving and never getting bogged down. Erin Hunter does not spare the reader from the grim realities of living in the wild, the eating habits are grisly and death is a prospect that the cats face every single day of their existence. I liked the way the book was able to give you that stomach-churning feeling when somebody is doing something that they really shouldn’t be doing and are going to be caught at any moment. I think this is a really important element to have in young adults book and this is a feeling that all can relate too.

The author also touches upon the effect that humans, or Twolegs as they are called here, are having upon the environment in which wild animals live. I liked the way in which this was done, facts were stated but there was never a sense of the preaching that some authors are guilty of, Erin Hunter never speaks down to the reader. A great deal of research has obviously gone into making the cats and their environment as realistic as possible and this really shows in Into the Wild.

They arrived at the Thunderpath and halted. Several monsters roared by, throwing up fountains of dirty water. The two cats hung back from the edge of the wide, grey track until there was a gap. Then they raced across the path and into ShadowClan territory.

From: Into the Wild - Chapter: 22

This book is aimed at the young adult age-group and everything the could possible want from a book is there for them, a young hero taken from their comfortable surroundings and having to adapt to a new way of life, the solid friend, the elders deserving respect and most of all constant excitement and adventure.

Any young adult that loves reading and loves cats will love this book, a fast-paced adventure starring the feline Harry Potter.

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from England

10-stars

An amazing start to the series , I am on the fourth book and I have noticed that the tension gets better and better. I really suggest buying this book and it's a great read for those who are between the ages of 10 and 16. Keep Reading 😺

from Califorina

10-stars

AWESOME BOOK!!!!!!!!!

from Florida

10-stars

I am already in Omen of the Stars and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the Warrior Cats series. I am playing several RPGs and so far my fav book in Warriors is... (drum roll please) INTO THE WILD!!! *PS, I recommend the website http://warriorcatsandmore.webs.com/ if you are a WARRIOR CATS FAN!!!*

from Arizona

10-stars

I am into the second book and it already is awesome i cant stop reading!!! "MEOW"

from USA

10-stars

AMAZING

from California

10-stars

This book is so amazing and even though I have finished the series I still can't stop reading them over and over!!! Any one who hasn't read this book you HAVE to go to the library and check it out!!!

from Indiana

10-stars

BEST BOOK EVER!!!! :) I'm loving it so far xD

from England

10-stars

Moooooooooooooooo I

from San Diego

10-stars

"MMEEOOWW!!" mewed Gabestar

from ThunderClan

9-stars

THIS. IS. THE. BEST. SERIES. EVER! I've read every single one in the series that's come out and now I'm waiting for the next one! I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone. When you start, you can't stop! The first 'sub-series' is kinda light-hearted, but the books get more serious... LOVE IT! PS. Erin Hunter is actually four people writing!

from Washington

9-stars

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from Rohan!! (LOTR lova!) :)

8-stars

Good. But now it seems boring, I guess cause it is, well, the series has like 40 books and is very repetitive.

from Thailand

8-stars

When I was young, like 13, I loved these series... But later on, like now, it becomes quite boring. I'm not saying that it's not a good book; it's just that when you get older, it's not realistic enough. If you're going to read it, finish the series before your heart cools down from excitement. I waited too long to read another, then another. BUT it's still a great book. Hope you enjoy it.

from Georgia

10-stars

It was amazing, with lots of unique chracters and plot twists to keep the story moving. I've gotten several other people interested, and I've not yet finished with them.

from England

10-stars

This book is the first in the Warrior Cats series and let me tell u this it is the most fabulous book series I have ever read!!!!! EAT DUST HARRY POTTER!!!!

from Marrion

10-stars

I love Warriors, it is so cool!

from Lewiston, ID

10-stars

Warriors rocks!!!! Go Erin Hunter! She has inspired me a whole lot! I love cats now!!!!!!!!!!!

from Fall branch

10-stars

A great book that anyone will love. I can't stop reading them. If I can't find anything to do I pick up a "Warriors" book and start reading. Erin Hunter makes the cats come to life and act out a daily life that you might not think a cat would do. Anyone who loves to read "Harry Potter" will love to read "Warriors".

from Woodstock

10-stars

I liked this book because it was never boring and didn't worship humans. It was about cats, from a cats point of view, and a book for cat lovers. The cats don't look up to humans and don't depend on them for food. They hunt for the clan and fight to defend it.

from Perth

10-stars

Warriors are my favourite books; a thrilling series that will keep you turning pages until the very end. Absolutely fantastic!!! Great characters and original storyline! Loved it!!!

from New York

10-stars

Into the Wild... Love it!

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