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Ferals

by Jacob Grey

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My nephews will really enjoy this book. This is a great thing as I picked this book up for them in mind. However, I did not really see too much similarity to the Batman reference. I thought that this book was in its own way different from Batman and this is a good thing. I like different.

Caw is someone that the readers can connect with. He is the underdog that turns into the hero. Plus, he has a cool ability to be able to communicate with crows like a horse whisperer.in addition, I liked the names of the characters in this book. Besides Caw there is Milky, Crumb, Quaker, and Spinning Man to name a few. The characters in this book are not boring. ( )
  Cherylk | Jul 11, 2015 |
I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked this book. It is fast-passed with a lot of adventure. It is kind of a cross between Harry Potter and His Dark Materials.

The characters were simple yet interesting. The concept was fantastic. And the writing was descriptive without being bogged down by too many adjectives.

Violent at some points, this is overall a good middle school read. My only complaint is the nonchalant stance on homelessness used in the book. While homelessness is not shown as glamorous by any means, I think a lot of issues surrounding it are taken lightly and often made into jokes (hygiene, table manners).

A cool story overall and a strong start to a promising series. ( )
  CareBear36 | May 27, 2015 |
Thirteen-year-old Caw had lived with his crows since he was five years old. His parents sent him off with them during the Dark Summer when the Spinning Man was trying to take over Blackstone. Now, some of the Spinning Man's followers have escaped from prison and are trying to bring him back from the Land of the Dead.

Caw has spent quite a bit of time watching a family that lives near his nest. The father is in charge of the prison. The daughter is about his age. When he sees the father and daughter fighting the escaped prisoners, he tries to help. The daughter, Lydia, befriends him but the parents are more reluctant. They want to help him by putting him in an orphanage.

As a result of the escape, Caw also learns that there are others like him - ferals - who can talk to animals. He meets a pigeon speaker and a mouse speaker. The escapees can control dogs, snakes, and cockroaches. Caw learns a little of his family history from the other ferals.

Caw learns that he is the only one who can use a weapon called the Crow's Beak which is needed to release someone from the Land of the Dead. The escapees wrongly assume that Lydia is the one who can wield the weapon and kidnap her. It is up to Caw and his fellow ferals to find her and save her.

This was a great middle grade adventure. I can't wait for more books in the series. ( )
  kmartin802 | Mar 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006232103X, Hardcover)

A sinister threat. A city in danger. A boy with the power to command the crows. Ferals is the first book in a dark, action-packed trilogy that's part The Graveyard Book, part Batman, and all high-octane adventure.

Blackstone was once a thriving metropolis. But that was before the Dark Summer—a wave of violence and crime that swept through the city eight years ago, orchestrated by the fearsome Spinning Man. Now the Spinning Man is on the move again, and a boy named Caw is about to be caught in his web.

Caw has never questioned his ability to communicate with crows. But as the threat of a new Dark Summer looms, Caw discovers the underground world of Blackstone's ferals—those with the power to speak to and control animals. Caw is one of them. And to save his city, he must quickly master abilities he never knew he had...and prepare to defeat a darkness he never could have imagined.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:31 -0400)

In a city ravaged by crime and corruption, 13-year-old orphan Caw's only friends are the murder of crows he has lived with since his parents flung him from their house aged only five. Caw lives in a treehouse in an abandoned city park, surviving on scraps of food and only communicating with his three crows. But a jailbreak at the prison forces him into contact with other humans -- particularly a girl called Lydia, who is attacked by the escaped prisoners and is saved by Caw. Caw realises that these escaped prisoners have more in common with him than he'd like -- they too are Ferals, humans able to communicate with and control an animal species. And they want to bring their evil Feral master, The Spinning Man, back from the Land of the Dead. Only by joining forces with other good Ferals hiding throughout the city can Caw stand a chance of defeating them.… (more)

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