Five hundred years after we hit that not-so-mythical Tipping Point, the world plunged into a nuclear winter that counterbalanced global warming. A perfect climate for dinosaurs. However T. Rexs aren't the only threat. Syns (synthetic humans/robots) are still bent on destroying mankind and the occasional freak tornado are a constant threat for our heroes who are trying to find New Avalon.
Being a fan of sharks and dinosaurs, two series by this author were recommended to me and I decided to go with the dinosurs first. I was intrigued by the mix of dinosaurs and Syns trying to kill the remaining humans but I wasn't really sure what to expect from it.
Appie is the 16 year old clan leader, a title she inherited when her parents were killed, and with advice and guidance from wise man Mattu, she looks after her people. She is assisted by a metal lion-Lev, metal ostrich-Ruby, and a metal elephant-Tonka. After a successful T Rex hunt for meat, Appie is ready to move her people on a trek to their winter grounds where they hope to be safe from all their enemies. However an attack by the Syns changes their plans and Mattu wants to lead a side expedition to a cryo-bunker that is rumoured to be full of supplies that could be vital to the clan survival. With Syns in pursuit of the main group, Appie and Mattu lead their raiding party on a dangerous mission through hostile dinosaur territory.
This is a dystopian setting but it sort of felt more like those prehistoric dinosaur films with the tribal and wise man elements. Mattu is older and wiser but is happy to let Appie lead. He reminds me of a medicine man and I liked his character. Appie had leadership thrust upon her when her parents were killed but is older than her years and successfully looking after her clan. She knows there is safety in numbers but is not ready to endanger her people by linking up with other clans because of a trust issue. I liked her though I did feel that she needed to assert her authority more when Chimmus was acting up. I also liked Lavla, who is anxious about getting to the winter grounds before she has her baby.
The Syns interested me. A human-machine hybrid, their sole obsession is to finish what the war started and destroy all human life. Appie is their main target and they are following her people, waiting for the chance to get Appie and Mattu. With Appie splitting the group, the Syns are watching and waiting for the group to unite so they can all be destroyed. The two main Syns we encounter are Durnag, the leader and a new Syn to the group Robertum. It was interesting to see what they were thinking and understand what drove them to want to kill a few survivors from the war so badly. I also LOVED the metallic animals who protect Appie's group as they all have great personalities, especially Ruby. I want one! It was nice to see something a bit different like this and it was a good addition to the plot.
And of course, we cannot forget the dinosaurs! There is a good mix of dinosaurs in the book-T Rex, Spinosaurus, a pack of pretty scary troodons, flying vampire bat things...the dinosaur attacks were exciting and all you would expect in this kind of book. I liked the way the people had to be aware of both enemies at all times. It's a very dangerous world and not one that you would really want to live in. I don't want to go into what happens at the bunker as it would ruin too much of the story for you but there are a few twists as we go along.
Now this is my issue with the book. I enjoyed the story and wanted to see what happened next but none of the other books are available individually. The idea was that you bought the whole ebook box set and received the first one, then as the others became available, they would each be sent to your Kindle. Amazon buyers didn't like paying in advance for books not out yet. One complained that they never received all the books, that the second one was missing from the updates. Now this was a few years ago so it may be that if I was to buy the box set now, I WOULD get all the books delivered at the same time but I'm not really prepared to take that risk in case I end up with something missing from it. I'm disappointed in how botched this operation seemed to be and why the author wouldn't make them all available individually.
At the moment, unless it is proven that I would receive all the books, it doesn't look like I can continue with the series, which is a shame.
Read May 2018.