Katie Reads: Warriors – Into the Wild

Another book recommended to me by a student:

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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.

The Warriors series is really popular with my students, so it’s something that I’ve been reading to read for a while now. I had mixed reactions to it.

On the one hand, there was nothing inherently wrong with the book. The plot was compelling enough and moved along quickly, there was a real sense of danger, and the world of the cats that Hunter created was believable (or as believable as a world where cats band together in clans can be). That said, I was left feeling a little ambivalent towards the series. Possibly this was a case where I’m just not the target audience for a series. I think if I were younger, this series might have been something I got really into (especially if I could get friends to play “warrior cats” with me on the playground).

One thing that did bother me was the names. Firepaw, Greypaw, Sandypaw, Ravenpaw. The names were for the most part too similar for me to keep straight the different characters, particularly given how many cats we are introduced to.

I’m glad I read it, as one of my students has been begging me to, and it’s a popular series, but I don’t see myself putting the sequel high on my list of books I want to read.

Stay magical readers!

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