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The Rule of Claw (The Rule of Claw #1)

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  194 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
A move away from the effervescent over-the-top world of Amy Peppercorn, this is the first of a series (to be followed by "City of Screams").

We enter a futuristic world and meet a band of sixteen year olds who were dumped in isolation at an early age. They're educated partly by gleaning facts from the few books in their possession, but primarily through their experiences o
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Carolrhoda Books (first published March 3rd 2008)
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Sep 27, 2008 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started out great--I couldn't put it down. The strangeness of the teenage characters(Agles) and their behavior having grown up without adults was fascinating to me. I liked the evolution spin and the development of all of these other species. But the end was a bit strange for me. I am still intrigued to read the sequel though.
Posted to my Livejournal in January 2009:

This science fiction novel is part survival story, part dystopia, and part slightly annoying treatise on the perils of genetic manipulation and environmental ignorance. Ash barely remembers a time before the ASP camp, where she and other kids have taken refuge on the beach after tumultuous events none of them remember. The adults disappeared long ago into the jungle, never to return. All that's left of them is the wire fences marked Admittance Strictly Pr
Jun 09, 2009 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
some weirdness at the end but it held my interest
Jul 14, 2009 Lindor16 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books
So good. I was sucked in from the first page. Raptors! Yes! Mutants! Yes! Awesome story. I can not wait for the next one. The characters are great especially Little Three and Rat. Highly Recommend this one.
Kate Mowery
Sep 27, 2009 Kate Mowery rated it really liked it
I am somewhat disappointed these were bird-raptors and not dinosaur-raptors, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.
Aug 03, 2009 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing. Loved the characters and the plot. Could not put it down. A thrilling book that gets and keeps you thinking about what we are doing to the world, how things will turn out, evolution and extinction. Brilliant. Ash the main character was strong, brave, courageous, but relatable and likeable. The author style of writing had it so that while I was reading it was like a movie in my head. This was because of the detail and flow of the words. 10 out of 10
Aug 22, 2009 Jianny added it
Best book yet! After Twilight of course!:) I highly recommend this book becasue it is a mistery, and also about nature. You will enjoy reading it from day one, unitl the end.
Erin Sterling
Ash and her friends seem to be the only human teenagers left on earth, surviving in a camp by the ocean on the edge of a terrifying jungle. They survive by knowing which fruits and plants are edible, trusting each other, and looking to Ash for guidance, but their world is turned upside down after another camper takes control forcefully, leads a charge to kill a seagull, and creates distrust and anarchy in the group. However, a bigger storm begins to brew when Ash is kidnapped by the savage Rapto ...more
Nov 17, 2009 MJ rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: future-fiction
YA Sci Fi
I can’t believe I read the whole thing. Somewhere along the way I was no longer able to suspend belief. Sometime in the future, through wild genetic manipulation, the human population plummets and those left are altered, as are animals and plants. Some 30 children live on the beach in a barbed wire enclosure. Language is stunted and they feel hopeless. Stuff happens. Who cares? Maybe I’m being unfair, I did read it because it was well-reviewed.
Lorena Lopez
Nov 18, 2009 Lorena Lopez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The future has always held many things for humanity. Robots, flying cars, you name it, it's been done. But what isn't often told is what could happen, if it all goes wrong. If somewhere through time, we mess up, and the fate of the human race dangles on a thread held by a handful of teenagers.

Ash and her friends are the only teenagers left on Earth. Beyond the the fence of the ASL camp is only death and danger in the woods. They've grown up without adults, dreaming only of the world from their m
Dec 22, 2009 Trisha rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You will probably love this book if you are a vegitarian, aethiest.
Nov 07, 2010 Annie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I honestly don't know why I didn't like this book very much, maybe it was their dumbed down vocabulary. . .
Apr 29, 2010 Bea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced plot, full of tense moments and frantic fight or flight elements. Kids, raptor mutations, rodents that are half human, along with religious zealots fill the pages of this novel with aggression. The underlying, subtle conflict is evolution versus creationism. Caught in the middle are the teenagers, who have grown up without any contact with adults, who are barely surviving.
Ms. Schutte
Nov 06, 2011 Ms. Schutte rated it it was ok
OK. I didn't read this as much as attempt to read this, and shockingly I got more than 200 pages in before deciding I'd had enough. The story certainly has action and interesting characters, but what it lacks is any logic in its forward momentum.
Ezra Grace
Finally I've done reading this book! And it was awesome! :))))
I shall looking forward on reading Sidney Sheldon's old novel entitled The Stars Shine Down.
Apr 21, 2012 K630 rated it it was ok
Well now I'm very confused its a good book but I'm lost at the moment no not just the moment but from teh begging I'll have to see we're this will go
Feb 26, 2013 Jennifer rated it did not like it
I'm gonna be completly honest i bought this book because the cover was cool. It's all shiny green and scaly looking and i couldn't really decide what i wanted to read anyways so hey why not. Well becuase you end up getting a kind of crappy book. I just can't seem to get through this book and i really don't know why. It's not that bad of a book it's interesting and unlike anything i've ever read before but i just can't do it. I think it has something to do with the characters they aren't very sma ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Ravencrantz rated it liked it
2.5/5 stars

This book was...weird. Nothing like I expected. It took me a good 200 pages to actually get into the book, and even then I struggled to keep reading. I had no idea what was going on for most of the book, but I think that's the point. You know as much as the teenagers, the Agles, do. You find out what's going on as Ash does. Usually, I enjoy that in a book. It makes you keep reading to figure out what's going on. But here it was so unclear that it backfired. It didn't help that the lan
Renee Hall
Jan 15, 2013 Renee Hall rated it liked it
An odd book, though I don't mean that in a negative way. If I had to compare it, I'd call it Lord of the Flies meets The Island of Dr. Moreau (with maybe a bit of Jurassic Park thrown in thanks to the sentient raptor societies). I found the story difficult to get into at first, possibly because of the odd linguistic structure of the teens, but I stuck with it and got used to things eventually. While the last villain to be introduced was a little over-the-top stereotypical for my taste, overall i ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Claire rated it liked it
It was hard going but I think worth the effort to read it. One of those books that I kept drifting away from and going back to and having to force myself to pick it up. Was good in the first few and last few chapters but I struggled to stay interested in the middle bits.
May 01, 2013 Annie rated it it was ok
Too political for me.
I wasn't sure I was going to like this book. And at first, I didn't. The way the children spoke really put me off as a reader. It was very hard for me to keep my attention going, and I found myself re-reading things to get what was being said. However, as the story progressed towards the middle that eased a bit, and I was glad I stuck with it. It turned out to be a very exciting journey. One I look forward to continuing.
Jun 12, 2013 Tine rated it it was ok
Again, I had a hard time getting into this book. I just kind of picked it up off the shelf at the library. I had high expectations as the book sounded very interesting but I thought it started off with too many characters and too much going on at one time that the rest of the story was a tad confusing.
Vickie Wilson
Apr 16, 2014 Vickie Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm going to raise my hand now I tell you all that I judged this book by it's cover and I am ashamed of myself. My cover isn't quite like this cover. My cover is a hardback and it's gorgeous - no dust jacket, just a green cover with gold writing printed on to it, not yellow like in the image. But here's the cool part. It's a scaly green cover. So with a title like The Rule Of Claw and a scaly green cover, I thought this was a Middle Grade novel about dinosaurs.

It's not. In fact it's a very cleve
Nov 02, 2014 Autumn rated it liked it
Shelves: read-1x
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Jerry Keeney
Jan 29, 2015 Jerry Keeney rated it really liked it
I found the book to be pretty decent. Ash and his friends were pretty interesting characters and the action was fun and very well done. I could't give 5 stars though, cause I thought the book could have been more memorable. I like having books/movies/shows that I can cherish and carry over with me for years to come, and I didn't have that feeling with this book. Regardless, the book was a pretty decent book to read one time through.
Louise Jones
Nov 16, 2015 Louise Jones rated it it was ok
i must admit i really liked the cover with its scales on which made u think about the topic of evolution and dinosaurs etc as u read it . i could never make my mind while reading this did i like or not , i at times got a bit lost with the plot line must admit this is not a genre i generally feel or care about !!!
their was the odd occasion when i thought wow the talks on evolution and could see bits of lord of the flies in it up to a point !!! lets just say i was glad i got to the end and did
May 18, 2015 Me rated it it was ok
I did not like the tone or the 'agenda' behind the book. It seemed like an awful Lord of the Flies retelling, and then an anti-GMO book for the rest.
Samah M.
Note: Spoilers down below
Another Note: It's just some thoughts I have, since I don't do reviews often

It was a bit hard to get used to the 'slang' of the Ages, however it slowly becomes normal. The thing is, when Rat appeared with his 'proper' English, it was really interesting to see the changes the teenagers made to the language.

Another thing I liked is the plot and semi-heavy themes. That we can mutate so largely in such a short time was an interesting idea, and how the humans reacted to it w
Mar 20, 2016 Helen rated it it was ok
Decent, Lord of the Flies-esque story, but I despised the writing style. If you can stand it, then it's fine, but it really bugged me. I was unable to get really involved with the story, and it didn't seem to have a very satisfactory ending because of that. I will not be reading the second one - I saw no hook to make me want to keep reading.
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