*No Major Spoilers*
In a lonely valley, deep in the mountains, a ranger watches over the last surviving grizzly bear. With the natural world exhausted and in tatters, Ben has dedicated himself to protecting this single fragment of the wild. One night, he hears voices in the valley — poachers, come to hunt his bear. A heart-pounding chase begins, crossing forests and mountainsides, passing centuries of human ruins. Sometimes hunter, sometimes prey — Ben must choose the bear’s fate and his own. Is he willing to lay down his life for a dying breed? Is he willing to kill for it?
I was browsing Hoopla last week and came across this book. The cover caught my attention, and I was interested in the blurb/summary. What this book gives is detailed scenery, and no interesting characters. Nonetheless, let’s scout this review of Extinction!
First off, this book reminded me of a video game called Firewatch. The game is about this park ranger who is out in the National Park during peak wildfire season, and he’s all alone except for his fellow ranger on his walkie talkie. The visuals in both Firewatch and Extinction bring the world of these stories to life.
Now enough about video games, and let’s talk about this book. I found the characters in Extinction to be either unlikable or just bland. The only character I did like was Poppy, she is an elderly woman who lives in the wilderness and helps out our main character Ben when he’s in trouble. She’s feisty, no nonsense, and can take care of herself when it comes to dealing with poachers.
I’m not even sure who I’d recommend this book too if I was to be honest. I think I’m willing to give his other works a chance though. Maybe this just didn’t hit me the way it was supposed to. This is definitely an action-packed thriller. Is eco-thriller a subgenre people are using?
Overall, this book was alright, the action was good, the descriptions of the environment was great, but everything else was just ‘meh’.
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