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The Prey

(The Prey #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  1,626 ratings  ·  270 reviews
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 Th ...more
Hardcover, 404 pages
Published January 20th 2015 by HarperTeen
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Book Review Not from what I see, it is about kids so I don't see why it would. I have read the book and none seems to be mentioned, it talks of kissing and self-h…moreNot from what I see, it is about kids so I don't see why it would. I have read the book and none seems to be mentioned, it talks of kissing and self-harm but no sexual content.(less)
Book Review Is there more than one book, yes. It's a trilogy, the second book is called The Capture and the third is The Release. Hope that helps.
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okay, so I haven't finished reading this masterpiece yet, but I have some quotes and commentary to share:

1. "Blood. Purpling. Coagulating before his eyes."

because "to purple" is a legitimate verb. I green at the thought of that.

2. "no one didn't obey an order from Major Karsten."

because there is not a word for "didn't obey."

3. "other vehicles had arrived, disgorging brown-shirted soldiers"

naturally, considering that's what vehicles do: disgorge people.

4. "[they] slid him into the Humvee like a
An Electronic Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for review.

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 surviv
Lindsay Cummings
When I first saw the cover for THE PREY, I knew I had to have this book. As a lifelong reader, I was introduced to stories very early. In school, my English teacher gave students the short story THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME. The concept for THE PREY reminded me of that short story, so I was hoping for a bit of a retelling of that.

It wasn't what I was hoping for, but that didn't really matter! I enjoyed THE PREY. It's a fun book, with alternating chapters and story lines that eventually come together
Apr 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was a pretty good audiobook that my mom borrowed from our local library that we listened to about these kids that are placed into these resettlement camps by a twisted government that is formed after a radiation blast and so they plan to escape from their oppressors who have made them prey. It's a pretty good YA dystopian novel that I would consider a stand-alone. Def check it out.
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dystopian
I want to thank Harper Teen for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way changed my opinion or review.

When this book arrived in the mail, I was really excited to read it. I haven't read a good dystopian in a while and the cover drew me right in. So I had great hope that this story would draw me in and satiate my need for the genre. Sadly, it did not. I really wanted to like this book. I even read to the end of the book, after co
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

After reading the negative reviews for this book on Goodreads I nearly didn’t read it, but I’m so glad I did because I really enjoyed it!

I liked the characters in this book. Book always tried to help other people, Hope always looked out for her sister, and Cat hid a heart of gold under that rough exterior.

The storyline in this was good, and there was plenty of information fo
Nov 13, 2014 rated it liked it
I can tell why this book has low ratings. So let me start a list...

1. There's mispronunciation and the grammar is pretty bad and needs to be fixed.
2. The wording of the story makes the readers not want to continue to read.
3. Most of the characters in the story are barely mentioned.
4. No background information on the "camps" are mentioned. So the audience doesn't know how the camps and the world came to be.
5. Not at all like Maze runner and Hunger Games, the only reason why it was compared to th
Anatea Oroz
Aug 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Everything Blythe said is true.

This writing = horrible

DNF at 7%! -> It's a record for me...
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Prey was full of suspense and great action, but the ending really fizzled for me.

This is a book about children after a radiation disaster. There are very few adults, at least that we know of. All the children are in camps for orphans. Some camps are nicer than others. Some camps aren't what they seem to be.

Hope and Faith are twins and they've been running and hiding for years with their father to keep away from the "brown shirts." After their father dies, they are captured and taken to a cam
Debbie Narh



I am far too lazy to actually explain what's wrong with this book while reading only 8% of it. So, if you really wanna know, go read Blythe's or Gillian's review.

Feb 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

I liked most of the characters in this, but Hope especially. She tried her best to look out for her sister, even if it meant suffering more herself.

The storyline was interesting, and the pace was fine. I liked the action, and the lack of info dumps was great.

I'll definately be reading the second book in the future.
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Some times the best way to write a review for a book you're torn over, is to write that book a letter. So, I did just that. Read my FULL REVIEW here.
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Can’t believe how much I loved this book. It was one of the most fast paced books I’ve ever read, so if you’re looking for a book to keep you occupied on the plain or anything like that, this is the right choice. I love the concept of this story and can’t wait to read the sequel. It gave me vibes similar to the Maze Runner and the 100, two worlds which I absolutely adore. Expect to see this on my favorites list of 2017;)
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Quick & Dirty: Though I had problems with the writing style, I still found this novel a fast-paced, engaging read.

Opening Sentence: Blood drips from fingertips, splashing the floor.

The Review:

Book is an LT at a camp for children who were damaged by radiation poisoning. He has a limp in one leg, and at the camp, they are taught basic survival skills. It’s all fine and good until a stranger comes to camp, warning Book that not all is as it seems. The soldiers ar
Kathy Martin
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
In this dystopian beginning to a trilogy, boys are kept in resettlement camps where they believe that they are being raised before becoming part of the army. Book is one of the boys. When he finds another boy outside the camp and near death, he is surprised to hear him whisper "You got to get me out of here." When the boy recovers, he takes Book and a couple of other boys to watch boys who have graduated from the camp being hunted. This inspires Book to begin to organize an escape. On one of his ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
3,5 stars

I was a little scared to read this book considering the few negative reviews. Fortunately, my copy seemed to be edited and I didn't have issues with the writing. I enjoyed this book even if we didn't have a lot of explanations right from the start. It was full of actions. There was also a touch of romance but not much and it was sweet. I hope this part will be developed in the next book. I also want to know more about Cat. He's the character I liked the most, I think. I didn't really li
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Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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3 stars

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THE PREY by Tom Isbell is the first book in the Prey series, and a book that has received a lot of hate since it’s debut in 2015. It is a story about a group of teenagers that decide to fight for a life of freedom against impossible odds in dystopian America. Ultimately, I enjoyed this novel, but there were definite issues with the book that makes it understandable why so many readers did not enjoy the book. I struggled to keep reading it, myself.

The fi
Paul LaNave
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Having only purchased Tom Isbell’s The Prey a little over a week ago, I blazed through it during my free time, and finally finished it a few days ago. I believe it’s a testament to the overall quality of the book and storytelling that I so enthusiastically and rapidly devoured it, that I felt hesitant to put it down for any length of time, and that I eagerly await the series’ future installments. While I was so engrossed during my initial read of it, the more time I’ve spent reflecting on it, th ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Once I first started reading the book, I wanted to stop it. The writing was sloppy and the relationships seem predictable. But I had to finish it and I was happy I did. The writing improved and the predictable relationships have a purpose. I am now excited to read the next one, as I have finished the sniped that was in The Prey
Nov 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Feels like a historical novel about the Holocaust that's awkwardly shoved into a dystopian young adult universe. Hopefully, most dystopian novels are at least more creative; the only things different from world war 2 Europe and this nuclear landscape are that the villains have access to motorbikes and one character has a leg that's longer than the other from the nuclear fallout (thank god it's not something that would make him unattractive to the target audience)
Laurel Wreath
Sep 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ok so I was planning to have this finished by Sunday and have a review written on Monday. BUT, apparently, you have to have you're homework done on time to get grades.... So yeah. My friend recommended it to me like a year ago and FINALLY read it.
I'm gonna try to keep this review mostly spoiler free but, there might be a few things, you've been warned. This book was pretty good, I have a few problems with it but they were minor. It was super super fast paced... Like there were no pauses for the
This review was originally posted on Fable's LibraryI actually saw The Prey sometime last year, but the reviews stopped me from reading/buying it. But eventually I saw it at Barnes and Nobles, had a coupon, and it was a paperback so I bought it. Why? Because it sounded EPIC, and I wanted to read this book badly, no matter what anyone else said.
What I Liked
-The cover. SOOOOO pretty. I love the blue/grey/green cover and the font is beautiful. Pretty!


-The summary made the book sound amazing (rea
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Prey by Tom Isbell
The Hatchery, #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: January 20, 2015
Rating: 2.5 stars
Source: Advanced Reader Copy provided by publisher

I saw this book and read the synopsis and instantly knew I really wanted to read this book. I am huge fan of this genre and have been looking for a book that would fill that void. Prey seemed like just the book to do it. I found that while I wanted to be pulled into this world that Tom Isbell was trying to create it was lacking.

This book is
Tommy Benson
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Prey by Tom Isbell is a heart pounding adventure that takes us into a post apocalyptic America 20
years after a nuclear fall out has devastated the world. The Republic Of True America has emerged and the world is now divided into territories.

The Prey is comparable to other YA dystopian books out there, but I believe it stands very much on it's own and has a life and a unique voice to it that explores a more human experience in a post-apocalyptic world. It is grounded in a world that is more
Amelia Jacobson
May 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
My thanks to HarperTeen & Edelweiss

Point of View: Dual (Book & Hope)
Writing: First Person (Book), Third Person (Hope) | Present Tense
Setting: Republic of the True America
Genre: Young Adult | Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopia

Weird wording, and the romance was even weirder. But I liked the storyline, even it was a little slow. I did like the plot because it was gruesome and different from most books I have read in this genre.

Book was a nice character. He was resourceful and I liked how he managed to
Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
I received a free copy from the publishers at Edelweiss for review purposes.

DNF at 24%.

I tried to like this, I really did. After the first few pages, I knew I really wouldn't. There's some really bizarre sentences in there, too. Among some of the few AWFUL phrases I came across, I think this one was the worst and most absurd:
"Major Karsten looked right at us, his anvil-shaped face skeletal in appearance."

As you can see, this book and I were never going to get along. Not only was stuff like
This book will leave you with more questions than answers. Even when something is seemingly answered, it never quite makes as much sense as I wanted it to.

I never did quite understand why or really how someone was selected as a Less Than. Deformities and sexual preferences, racism, religion, mental disabilities, political radicals. Basically anything that set someone as "different" made then a Less Than. But the thing is, everyone is different. Everyone has some sort of opinion or thought or bel
Amber (The Book Bratz)
Sep 10, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: edelweiss, dnf
DNF @ 61%

The idea behind this book sounded so interesting and I was really hoping that I was going to like it but I just had a hard time. By 61% of the book I still had no clue what was going on. I found it hard to follow in places. I pushed through a lot of it, hoping to get some background information on the Omega and the Republic but more then half way through the book you still had nothing, which makes it hard to visualize what was going on around them. There was also a huge problem with ins
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A graduate of the Yale School of Drama and the University of Illinois, Tom Isbell spent his professional career acting in theatre, film and TV, working opposite Robert DeNiro, Ed Harris, Helen Hunt, Lynn Redgrave, Rosemary Harris, Hal Holbrook, Anne Bancroft, Sarah Jessica Parker, John Turturro, Angela Bassett and others. TV credits include Designing Women, L.A. Law, Golden Girls, Murder She Wrote ...more

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