Review: ‘The Prey’ by Tom Isbell

I received this book for free from requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘The Prey’ by Tom IsbellThe Prey by Tom Isbell
Series: The Prey #1
Published by HarperTeen on January 20th, 2015
Genres: Action & Adventure, Contemporary, Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 404
Format: eARC
Source: requested from publisher
A hot debut trilogy and a riveting story of survival, courage, and romance in a future where creating a master civilization is the only thing prized, no matter the method.

After the Omega (the end of the end), 16 year old guys known as LTs discover their overseers are raising them not to be soldiers (lieutenants) as promised, but to be sold as bait because of their Less Than status and hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with a girls’ camp, the Sisters, who have been imprisoned and experimented on for the "good of the Republic," by a government eager to use twins in their dark research. In their plight for freedom, these heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.

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At first you’re left in the dark about lots of things. No answers, none whatsoever as to how or why the world became what it was until you get halfway through. But I still didn’t really care about this post-apocalyptic world. There is something cruel about the predator and prey “game.” They hunt people instead of animals for sport. It’s bad enough to murder animals if you weren’t going to eat them to survive but killing human beings because they’re not set to their standards??? It’s sickening. I couldn’t stand the fact that they were hunting people who were deemed by this society as “Less Than.” The way they classify people in this futuristic post apocalyptic world is a little horrifying. These are the forbidden categories: Radiation Deformities, Homosexuality, Incompatible Skin Colour, Political Dissidents, Nonapproved Religious Affiliations, Mentality Infirm. I can’t even deal with any of that. It makes them Less Than.. Less than a human being is anyone follows this. So basically all the characters are people of colour which I vehemently applaud but the story just lacked character development.

I tried to get into this story but I just couldn’t. So many short clipped sentence fragments, way too much dialogue, and instant love which became too nauseating to read. And I just didn’t care what the reason behind this predator or prey game they had or the fact they’re experimenting on twins.

Got 43% into it and couldn’t keep going. I tried really but I couldn’t bring myself to finish this.


Flint means fire. A knife means survival.
Live today, tears tomorrow.
I can make it on my own just as well as you.
I only beat up people if I have reason to. I don’t have a good reason to beat you up.
You’re not only less than normal, you’re less than human.
If you want to change something, change it. Yesterday was yesterday; today is today.

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  1. Scott Smith

    March 28, 2016 at 1:47 AM

    Sounds like one of those post apocalyptic stories, very typical.

  2. Night

    October 22, 2015 at 2:06 PM

    Long live paper books !!!

  3. The Cover Contessa

    August 27, 2015 at 9:30 PM

    I should have stopped like you did, but I didn’t. I suffered through it and for me it just did not get any better at all. I wouldn’t even try and read the next one.
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    • giselle

      September 16, 2015 at 6:38 AM

      Oh no.. 🙁 I’m sorry. Sometimes it’s worth sticking and others not so much

  4. Jen

    August 27, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    It sounds a little too close to home with how the current political climate is (other than the radiation people). Maybe the author needed to be a little more general so people could maybe see some symbolism rather than be hit over the head with… I don’t know, anger?

    • giselle

      September 16, 2015 at 6:38 AM

      Too right you are Jen.. It freaked me out how accurate it was.

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