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Warriors #1: Into the Wild

1 rating: 4.0
A book by Erin Hunter

Grade 5 Up-Rusty, a young "kittypet" (house cat), yearns for adventure. When he's offered the chance to join the ThunderClan, one of the gangs of feral cats in the area, he doesn't hesitate. Renamed Firepaw, he becomes an apprentice and begins to train … see full wiki

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Author: Erin Hunter
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: HarperCollins
1 review about Warriors #1: Into the Wild

Hooked, after only one book!

  • Jan 29, 2011
Rating:
+4

Longer ago than I care to remember, my husband-to-be bought me Watership Down as a birthday present;I loved it. This Christmas he bought me the first series of Warriors and I’m loving this too. The images of cats on the covers perfectly (purr-fectly?) complement the story. The housecat—kittypet—Rusty sitting on his fence seems so very real, his thoughts so very plausible, his dreams just those I imagine a cat might enjoy. And his fear of the vet—of the Cutter—are so natural. So when Rusty meets the Clan in the wild, the scene is set for a decision the reader knows he’s sure to make.
Rusty, with his flaming coat, becomes Firepaw and starts his training in the Warrior Code. The clans live in a restless peace that’s slowly falling away. Firepaw, knowing little, learns more than his fellows, and retains an honest trust and willingness to listen to a stranger’s tale. And Firepaw, with his promise of fire, just might be the savior of them all.
I love the way the author tells this tale from Firepaw’s point of view, drawing the reader into a wild cat’s life. I love the depictions of cats and their ways, the imagined history of clans in the wild, and the legend of starcats keeping watch over them. Kitten thoughts are translated beautifully into words, with scents of green and prey and the joy of the chase all coming to life. Into the Wild was a pleasure to read and I look forward to enjoying more in the set; a beautifully imagined world of beloved small creatures dreaming large and writing their stories in the space between Twoleg homes.
 
Disclaimer: My husband bought me a set of six Warriors books for Christmas and I love them.

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