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The Empty City (Survivors #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,853 Ratings  ·  245 Reviews
Lucky is a golden-haired mutt with a nose for survival. He has always been a Lone Dog, relying on his instincts to get by. Other dogs have Packs, but Lucky stands alone.

Then the Big Growl strikes. Suddenly, the ground is split wide open. The Trap House is destroyed. And all the longpaws have disappeared.

Now Lucky is trapped in a strange and desolate new world with no food,
ebook, 288 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by HarperCollins
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Lucky, really? The dog's name is Lucky. Very original. *sigh* I hope this isn't like a repeat of Warriors and Seekers, just with new names for things like monster and firebeast. And continuously talking about how empty the dog's belly is.

The cover does look awesome, though.

Oh, but you know what would be really awesome? If it crossed over with Warriors or Seekers! Not directly, of course. But if at one point they said something about seeing a flame-colored cat or something like that. Maybe have o
Vanessa Wolf
Jul 14, 2012 Vanessa Wolf rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
This review contains spoilers after the first paragraph. You are forewarned.

I am a huge fan of the Warrior series so I was crazy excited to get an advanced reader's copy of this book. Now I really wish I hadn't picked it up. You'll find a similar cosmology structure to the other Erin Hunter books, which would make more sense if dogs hadn't lived so closely with us for thousands of years. If Hunter had chosen to write about wolves this book would've made a lot more sense. For the story to work f
Apr 23, 2014 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
Ugh. I wanted to hate this book. I wanted to hate this book soooo badly, but I ended up loving it. First off, let me just explain to you why I so desperately wanted to hate it!

Okay, so Survivors is the new series written by "Erin Hunter". Why the quotation marks you ask? Well the original four Erins have nothing to do with it! This pisses me off. Yes--HarperCollins does have rights to the name "Erin Hunter" but the truth is that the four Hunters have worked hard to earn their title. They were go
Sep 06, 2012 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing new series starter! I am so glad that Hunter finally got approval from her publishing company to start writing about dogs. The language and symbolism she uses to portray dogs is spot on, and I love Lucky as the main character! He's such a complex and deep character, I can't wait to see him unfold, as we did Firestar in the Warriors series!
Jessica Thompson
This book is awesome!!!!! Go Erin Hunter!
Madeleine - Tei
I really wanted to like this book... but it was....

-Badly written
-Cheap plot/no apparent plot besides side plots
-Inconsistent characters who believed one way and acted another
-Rather than creating a cliffhanger the ending just ended bluntly
-Wannabe Warriors series? Funny how all the animals have something or other that they worship. And those animals that don't tend to die. I don't know but all these books seem to be getting the cheap drama/fan service recently...

However I did like Lucky~ he was
Dec 02, 2012 Winnie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, I had low expectations for this book but compared to what I expected, the book was still very bad. Honestly, I don't think humans would leave their dogs during an earthquake and the whole book was basically a bunch of dogs doing stupid things and getting in trouble and Lucky having to go rescue them. It seems to be geared towards like 7 year olds and it definitely doesn't deserve to be written under the name Erin Hunter. The style is completely different and well, the actual skill isn't th ...more
Aug 04, 2013 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are many similarities between The Empty City and Bobbie Pyron's The Dogs of Winter though one involves children and dogs attempting to survive in Russia and the other involves dogs trying to survive after a cataclysmic event without their Longpaws (masters). Erin Hunter is a master at enabling us to see the world through the minds of the dogs.

Hunter's books are probably the most popular in our Junior High School Library. The Warriors, novels. based on cats, are trilogies and once the stude
This book has a good storyline and I will definitely be buying the next one, but I have a few complaints about it. It is a good story and shows potential for a lot more adventures, but one of the major things I didn't like about it is this. I know that there are many domestic animals that cannot survive out in the wild, but it annoyed me that in this book it seemed that any animal who lived with humans became completely brainless. Seriously. I have an indoor cat who could not survive in the wild ...more
May 09, 2014 Madeline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book simply did not deliver what it should have. Being the dog series of Erin Hunters line of books, this book should have delivered what was promised. The premise had potential but failed. Oh yes, the begginning ten pages were very engaging and drove quite well, but the rest of the book was repetitive. Very little plot, character ingenuity or action happening for long periods of time before SOMETHING worth reading came up. Then it got confusing and pointless. Don't read this book or waste ...more
Swifty Pepsi
I wish they chose the other cover. It was much better.

I hope this will be just as good as the Warriors books, even though the Erin Hunters writing it are different!
Oct 11, 2014 Gabs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Fans of Warriors Will either be absolutely delighted with Survivors, or they will hate it with a burning passion. Well, maybe not that intense, but they won't like it.

I enjoyed it, but I constantly was comparing it to Warriors, and that probably made it lose some points with me. You can't beat Warriors, let's face it. These are some things I came up with:

Lucky: Firestar
Loudcages: Monsters
Longpaws: Twolegs
Earth-Dog: Starclan (Kind of)
Pack: Clan
Fierce Dogs: Bloodclan/Shadowclan/any cats
Nov 16, 2014 Anorielt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Erin Hunter ist bekannt dafür Geschichten zu schreiben, in denen Tiere die Hauptrollen spielen. Ich war am Anfang sehr skeptisch und konnte mir nicht vorstellen das mir sowas gefallen könnte, aber vor allem habe ich mich gefragt, wie schreibt man eine Geschichte in der Tiere die Hauptrolle haben? Was genau kann man da überhaupt schreiben? Dann habe ich mich an die Warrior Cats Reihe gewagt und war begeistert. Deswegen war ich auch so begeistert als ich erfahren habe das die Autorin auch eine Rei ...more
Sep 02, 2012 Evly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG i really liked this book and i think that this has a lot more detail than Warriors and Seekers
Matti Karjalainen
Lykky-niminen koira on kuullut pennusta asti tarinoita myyttisestä Koiramyrskystä, jonka paluu merkitsee sitä että koirat joutuvat jälleen kerran taistelemaan olemassaolostaan. Legenda vaikuttaa muuttuvan eräänä päivänä todeksi, kun Suuri Murahdus (eli toisin sanoen maanjäristys) pistää kaupungin uuteen uskoon ja tuhoaa maailman sellaisena kuin koirat sen tunsivat. Nyt eivät enää entiset toimintamallit olekaan voimassa.

Lykky kohtaa joukon isäntäperheistään eksyneitä koiria, joista yksi on hänen
Dec 22, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
Lucky’s life has been turned upright down when the Big Growl destroyed the city of longpaws. But Lucky is a lone dog and can take care of himself. His sister Bella and her friends, the leashed dogs, cannot. And so Lucky decides to help his new friends survive in the cruel environment…

The interactions between Lucky and the leashed dogs are probably the most interesting part of the story. They have different upbringing and different views, which clash so often. Lucky had always been a stray who ke
Feb 27, 2013 Michelle☆Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dog lovers
Shelves: 2012, fave, fall-winter
Survivors is a mostly delightful read, though rather insubstantial.

It tries to be just what it sounds like: Warriors , but with dogs. On that front, it falls rather flat. Natural elements are personified; earth is Earth-dog, a sort of living, breathing deity, a contrast to Starclan in Warriors , but they don’t seem to have any real attachment to these ideals like in Warriors, except when hoping another earthquake doesn’t strike (aka an earth growl), or fondly remembering stories at their mother
May 03, 2013 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may spoil the book if you read this.

Overall it was an very good book and the introduction is about him as a golden retriever puppy and he had other puppies with him and his mother told a story about a lightning dog and at the time the earth dog was jealous of the lighting dog so she tried to kill him and she growled (which is also known as an earthquake). Then the next thing you know he is in a pound and he all you know is he is in a earthquake and his cage falls in a giant hole and he and
Jan 06, 2013 Jean rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a compelling adventure story for the 10-13 year old readers. However, I, as an adult, admit to finishing the entire book to find out what happened to the very likeable pack of dogs, especially their hapless leader, Lucky. The story opens in an animal shelter when an earthquake strikes, trapping most of the dogs, but allowing Lucky and another dog to escape. Lucky's goal is to remain a loner, to survive on his own, so he shakes off the other dog who goes her own way into a landscape barre ...more
Brooks Barber
Oct 16, 2014 Brooks Barber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was good because Lucky starts out as a lone dog. Then he finds his sister and joins a pack.Lucky and his pack face many dangers along the way, like poisonous rivers, starvation, a city that is crumbling around them. This book is exciting and is very hard to put down. I absolutely LOVE this book!
Apr 28, 2015 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: love-this-book
The lone Dog that finally accepts his pack position in the Wild.........
The Time has come for DOGS to rule the wilderness! But Lucky is int ready to fight for it Alone....... BBE! best book ever! love Erin hunters new dog take on the world. Written in a dogs perspective and totally true. Erin gives us a taste of A dogs life, Survivors.....Squeeze OMG I LOVE IT!
Nov 11, 2015 Ionuț rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O carte hazlie, interesantă, perfectă pentru puțin ,,relax” :)
Quinten Joos
If you’ve ever gone to a ghost town before, you may have felt the way Lucky the dog felt. The story of how Lucky wakes up and out of no where the Big Growl had just occurred. It was a big earthquake! All of the longpaws (humans), had disappeared. Either they have run away, or they are dead.
I loved this book because Lucky is trying to supply all of his needs that he has to have. Like find himself his own food, water and shelter. He was a lone dog that cared for himself. But the problem was there
Nick Gilbert
Sep 23, 2014 Nick Gilbert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Survivors The Empty City is a book about dogs who get hit by an earthquake in the city. Lucky, the main character is a dog who is what they call a lone dog. A lone dog is a dog who isn't in a pack and doesn't have a human. When lucky finds a pack of leashed dogs he gives them some of his meat because he doesn't think they'll survive the wild. He ends up teaching them to hunt and finds them a good camp site. But when he tells them to get rid of their collars they're furious. He leaves them but he ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kurzer Einblick:

Lucky ist ein Straßenhund und ein Einzelgänger mit Überlebensinstinkt. Als der große Knurrer die Stadt überrollt, entkommt er diesem wie durch ein Wunder und überlebt, doch ist alles andere um ihn herum in Schutt und Asche gelegt, die Futtervorräte rar und Gefahren lauern in allen Ecken. Eine alte Saga besagt, dass die Hunde sich zusammen schließen sollen und ihren Hundegeist zu finden, denn nur so lässt sich " der Sturm der Hunde" besiegen... Für den Einzelgänger Lucky ist es so
May 17, 2014 Leselurch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Worum geht's?*
Der Sheltie-Retriever Lucky ist ein Einzelhund. Er braucht weder ein Rudel noch eine Langpfote, die sich um ihn kümmert! Lucky genießt sein Leben als Straßenhund und Einzelgänger, denn so ist er frei – frei von jeder Verantwortung. Doch dann wird seine vertraute Welt plötzlich von einem Erdbeben erschüttert, das Luckys Stadt komplett zerstört. Nichts ist mehr so, wie es war, und auch Lucky muss umdenken. Die Nahrung in den Ruinen wird knapp! Als er auf eine Gruppe zurückgelassener
Mary Brophy
Okay, so I was pleased with Warriors, enjoyed Seekers to an extent, and was absolutely bored to death by Survivors.

So dogs are ruling the world now. There are no humans around, and so we're stuck with the old-fashioned "I lived in the wild so obviously I'm tougher and am smarter than you" thing going on. Honestly, really? Are we still going back to the whole warrior vs. kittypet thing? I thought we got over that years ago...

Anyways, the book looked to be a good thickness, so I was expecting a li
Sarah Gravenstine
Jan 18, 2015 Sarah Gravenstine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: survivors
I'm a huge fan of the Warriors series written by Erin Hunter. I read some reviews below and someone mentioned these books aren't at all Erin style. Well I have recently learned that Erin Hunter is actually about 5 women, more or less (can't remember exactly), that actually take turns writing the books is ask the series and this would make sense for the styles to change for every book in every series written by Erin Hunter. If you want to check this out you should go to Erin Hunter's website (war ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Heike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Der erste Teil der Survivor-Dogs hat mir gut gefallen.

Lucky ein Straßenhund wird durch ein Erdbeben aus einem Tierheim (Käfighaus) befreit. Sweet, die mit ihm fliehen kann, möchte ein Rudel mit ihm bilden und sich anderen Hunden anschließen. Aber für den großem Freigeist scheint das keine Option zu sein
Auf seinem weiteren Weg durch die verlassene Stadt trifft er auf eine Gruppe von Leinenhunden, zu denen auch seine Schwester Bella gehört, die er seit der Welpenzeit nicht mehr gesehen hat.

Wie s
Oh wow, this takes me back. I remember reading Warriors when I was in middle school in 2004. I heard, though, that the Erin Hunter of this series aren't the original writers. It had been so long since I'd read Warriors that I couldn't remember the style. I still enjoyed the first book in the Survivors series. The setting was particularly interesting. It's not lucidly clear what happened to the city, but clearly something to do with radiation. My guess is there was a nuclear plant meltdown, judgi ...more
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“I like being on my own. I mean, I'm sure a Pack’s best for some dogs, but I've walked alone since I left my Pup Pack. I can look after myself.” 2 likes
“I can’t give up my faith in the longpaws. I understand that we can’t rely on the longpaws to help us anymore. But one of us has to remember. One of us has to carry the memories for the rest of the Pack. I’ll do it.” 2 likes
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