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The Empty City

(Survivors #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  5,476 ratings  ·  358 reviews
The time has come for dogs to rule the wild.
Lucky is a golden-haired mutt with a nose for survival. He has always been a loner—roaming the streets of the busy city and relying on his instincts to get by. Other dogs have Packs, but Lucky doesn't long for the days he spent with his littermates. He stands alone.
Then the Big Growl strikes. Suddenly the ground is split wide o
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Brianna This is the best book in the history of any book ever made. So.....yes. I would say worth reading. 12 times. Over and over again.
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Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: animals
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
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Re-reading (13.09.17)

Enjoying it way more than the first time I read it.


I love Erin's "Warriors" series, but this one has been a disappointment. While the warriors one feels full of ancestry and wisdow this one feels childish and puts the dogs in a frame of mind where they feel very childlike and somewhat stupid. And I love cats and dogs, and found this one a bit offensive and couldn't make meet end in any way... those weren't dogs, that's for sure!
Vanessa Wolf
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Jessica Thompson
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome!!!!! Go Erin Hunter!
Sep 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Stormy Summer
Hello! This a SURVIORS fan page! This. Is. Surviors. Not. Warriors.

The Forest pack...
Alpha # 1 : Open!
Alpha # 2 : Open!






Wise ones!

The Rouge pack...
Alpha # 1 : Ghost
Alpha #2 : Open!

Betta #1 : Feather
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Wise ones :

Thanks! ( For joining). Hope ya have fun!
Madeleine - Tei
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erin-hunter
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
Swifty Pepsi
Jun 12, 2012 marked it as to-read
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!
Tess (Book_Voyage)
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As all of the Erin Hunter books, this one was fantastic. While the Warrior series is still my favorite Erin Hunter series, I enjoyed this one as well. This was my second time reading it, which was just as good as the first. I am hoping to get back into this series. I hope I can catch up soon. I am excited to actually read the second book this time!
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was pretty good. It is not as good as the first book of The Last Dogs, ( both books about dogs in an apocalypse) but good enough for a four star rating.
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
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
Sep 02, 2012 rated it liked it
OMG i really liked this book and i think that this has a lot more detail than Warriors and Seekers
Sep 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have read this book before and I decided to read it again. I forgot how sad it was.
Isabel Jaramillo
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Survivors is a series that will keep you on your toes. If you enjoy any of the Erin Hunter series then this is a must read. It has the classic Erin Hunter style, with benign in the place of an animal, and this book is about Lucky and his journey through a abandoned city after an earthquake. Lucky meets old friends, and makes new ones along the while, and makes plenty of enemies as well. Through the book we see Lucky battle with his feelings of wanting to be a lone dog, or part of a pack. As he m ...more
Meg McGregor
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story was so suspenseful and extremely well written!

I was on the edge of my seat, while reading, this terrific story!

I have always loved stories about the "end of the world", the Zombie Apocalypse, what happens to our world in the future!

And to think, that "Dogs will rule the world!"

I kept thinking about my two dogs and how they might survive the "end" and the Big Growl.

Well, Muffin would have a hard time of it, as she only has three feet and would find hunting difficult!

Mistletoe would tak
These books are the BEST! If you love animals , especially dogs , you should read this book series!It is about a dog named Lucky and a pack of dogs! it is an AMAZING! If you cant handle death or disaster maybe you should pass on this one, but if that is ok with you you should read these books!
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! When I saw this book for the first time, I thought it was going to be a weird book, but it turned out to be amazing! The fact that a city was destroyed by an earthquake and all that is left are some dogs trying to survive is intense. I sure love me some intense stories. When I saw that it was made by Erin Hunter, I knew it was going to be a good book. Just because in my opinion, Erin Hunter makes the best animal like stories that I have ever read in my entire life. Like the warri ...more
Oct 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sounds like beginners readers

If I had to compare this to Warriors, which of course I did, it's so different it's hard to imagine it was written by the same author. The vocabulary and the way the dogs think is so elementary compared to how Erin's cats think. They sound like a bunch of 5 year olds, even kittens in Warriors sounded smarter and more human. I just really hate this dumbing down of dogs. I am a dog person and when I saw that Erin was writing books about a dog series I got really excite
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Dog lovers
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Read this YA novel about a group of talking dogs upon the recommendation of my 11 year old granddaughter, Chloe. An alternate title could be “Hunger Games: Goes to the Dogs”. It’s set in a dystopian post-apocalyptic landscape. Each dog character has his/her unique skill set and they come to rely on the talents of the group for survival.
Discussing the experience of reading the same book with a grandchild enhances the relationship more than I think anything else can. Doing things together, like p
Jan 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Dec 26, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: ellie
Ellie received books 1,2,3 of this series Christmas morning in her room and started reading the first book today...krb 12/26/18

I let Ellie look online at the website and she read about the author and was very surprised and a little sad to learn that Erin Hunter is not one person but a group of people who write under this pen name. She was hoping that the author "Erin Hunter" would be interviewed on the Read Aloud Revival podcast...krb 1/6/19

Ellie went back to reading the warriors from the librar
Anna Sobczak
Apr 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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!
I don't want to read it because of Erin hunters other series the warriors. Erin Made all those books about great adventures and how bad dogs are then she goes on to write about the dogs...????? It doesn't make sense so in that case if you like it that's your choice but I won't read it.
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a good book. I like that it includes dogs because often when I was reading the Warriors series by Erin Hunter I always pretended the cats were dogs, now I don't have to pretend. I think the sequel will be good. The only issue with this book is the sudden ending.
Sep 05, 2015 added it
this should have been a one star book, because basically its about Lucky who walks with his friends. I gave this another star hoping the second book would be better, and because it is by Erin Hunter. I gave it the last star because it had a good ending.
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Erin Hunter is the pseudonym of five people: Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Tui T. Sutherland, Gillian Philip, and Inbali Iserles, as well as editor Victoria Holmes. Together, they write the Warriors series as well as the Seekers and Survivors series. Erin Hunter is working on a new series now called Bravelands.

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natur

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