Title: Into The Wild by Erin Hunter
Genres: Adventure, Children’s/Middle Grade, Fiction, Animals, Fantasy
Published by: HarperTrophy (January 9th, 2003)
For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying– and some deaths are more mysterious than others. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.
What I Thought
After reading this book, I’ll never look at stray/wild cats the same again! After much encouragement from my sister, I finally entered the world of Warriors, and I’m glad I did. This book was so much fun!
This is a middle grade book, but honestly, if the characters in this book were humans – instead of cats – I’m not sure it would still be classified as middle grade/children’s, because this book gets intense! It is super action-packed, filled with ups and downs, and I flew through this book.
I will say there are a lot of characters in this book, and all of the cats in clans have similar names, so it was quite confusing in the beginning. Once I got past that though, I thoroughly enjoyed the characters in this novel. Rusty/Firepaw is an extremely likable protagonist. He is just one of those characters you want to see succeed. I also really loved the friendships and relationships that formed in this novel. I particularly liked the friendship that formed between Firepaw and Yellowfang. I just know that I’m going to cry hearing more about her backstory!
The plot in this novel moves along very nicely; there’s never a dull moment. Actually, this book sort of reminds of Divergent, if they were all cats. Firepaw, especially, reminded me of a cat version of Tris (that sounds silly, hahah).
Another thing I loved about this novel was the descriptions. I am definitely a cat person, so I loved reading about all the little cat-like details in this book. From every butt wiggle before they pounce on a mouse, to “sharing tongues” as they lovingly wash each other, I think the author(s) definitely did a great job portraying cats in a realistic way.
Overall, this is a fun, adventurous book! I enjoyed this book quite a lot. I would definitely recommend it to cat lovers. Like I said earlier, this book does get intense (and I know from my sister it continues to grow in intensity), because of that, I think I would let younger kids know that there is violence and death in this series; it’s not just a cutesy tale about a cat.