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The Prey
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The Prey
The Prey Series, Book 1
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"A compellingly drawn dystopian future." —BCCB

The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games in this heart-pounding trilogy—now in paperback.

Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it's always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut.

After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At the camp, sixteen-year-old "LTs" are eager to graduate as part of the Rite. Until they learn the dark truth: LT doesn't stand for lieutenant but for Less Thans, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport.

They escape and join forces with the Sisters, twin girls who've suffered their own haunting fate. Together they seek the fabled New Territory, with sadistic hunters hot on their trail. Secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are at stake.

As unlikely Book and fearless Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.

Catch the rest of the series in The Capture and The Release!

"A compellingly drawn dystopian future." —BCCB

The Maze Runner meets The Hunger Games in this heart-pounding trilogy—now in paperback.

Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it's always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut.

After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At the camp, sixteen-year-old "LTs" are eager to graduate as part of the Rite. Until they learn the dark truth: LT doesn't stand for lieutenant but for Less Thans, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport.

They escape and join forces with the Sisters, twin girls who've suffered their own haunting fate. Together they seek the fabled New Territory, with sadistic hunters hot on their trail. Secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are at stake.

As unlikely Book and fearless Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.

Catch the rest of the series in The Capture and The Release!

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  • Lexile:
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  • Interest Level:
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  • Text Difficulty:
    2 - 3

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About the Author-
  • Tom Isbell is an actor-author-professor. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, he has acted in theater, film, and TV, working opposite Robert De Niro, Ed Harris, Sarah Jessica Parker, and others. Currently a theater professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, he has had three of his plays produced by the Theater for Young Audiences at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, including Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major, which was adapted into a book with then–First Lady Laura Bush penning the foreword. Tom and his wife, Pat, live in Duluth, Minnesota.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 20, 2014
    In actor and first-time novelist Isbell’s dystopian future, kids like Book are all too common—orphaned, congenitally deformed by nuclear fallout, and living in “resettlement camps” after EMPs rendered electronics useless. Book believes that life in Camp Liberty is still better than the lawless outside world until a runaway from another camp shows him the truth: he and his friends are society’s “Less Thans,” being raised for the rich and powerful to hunt for sport. As Book begins planning his escape, he meets Hope, a girl in a neighboring camp, who is an identical twin, the government’s perfect test subjects. The two protagonists work well together, though their romantic story line—including a halfhearted love triangle—is a bit forced. But the book plays to its strong suits, with plenty of peril (human and otherwise) and illuminating glimpses of the world outside the camps that allowed this system to thrive. First in a planned trilogy, the story delivers its message without moralizing and will keep readers rooting for Book and Hope. Ages 13–up. Agent: Victoria Sanders, Victoria Sanders & Associates.

  • School Library Journal

    November 1, 2014

    Gr 7-10-A largely derivative work that borrows plot points from several popular dystopian novels. Despite this lack of originality, Isbell's tale keeps readers intrigued and makes a solid contribution to what is becoming an overextended genre. In the Omega post-nuclear-war age, an EMP has wiped out all electricity and civilization must rebuild; thus the Republic of the True America divides the population into resettlement camps. Protagonists Book and Faith reside, respectively, in Camps Liberty and Freedom. Camp Liberty houses "LTs," those with birth defects or "abnormalities" like dark skin. LTs believe they are being groomed to be lieutenants, but in reality they are "Less Thans," who are to serve as live game for hunters. After Hope and Faith's father's death, the twins find themselves in Camp Freedom undergoing Nazilike experiments. This plot-driven novel covers familiar territory and the characters do not bring anything new to the genre, yet the action and writing make up for its shortcomings. The book ends with several unanswered questions; no doubt avid dystopian fans will anxiously await the next installment.-Laura Falli, McNeil High School, Austin, TX

    Copyright 2014 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • ALA Booklist Readers will appreciate the irony and subtle, deeper meanings in character and location names as Isbell shapes his own vision of a dark world. Pair this with other blockbusters about hope in the midst of despair and danger, Veronica Roth's Four, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games, and James Dashner's Maze Runner
  • School Library Journal "Avid dystopian fans will anxiously await the next installment."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books "A compellingly drawn dystopian future."
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