Top critical review
on 4 December 2016
When I first read this book, I thoughtit was AMAZING. But looking back, you can almost hear Erin Hunter (Hunter. For covenience.) saying "Look. Look at all the synonyms for "said" I know. I never use the word 'said'. Also, there are some...minor mistakes, such as the fact she includes a male calico cat, which is genetically impossible, and she obviously didn't do her research on more than basic 'wild' cat behaviour. None of her 'heroes' are worthy of comparison to the famous Lyra Belecqua, and even though the characters are developed throughout the series, I did not become hugely attached to them (except Graystripe.). For example, when the 'Clan Leader' Bluestar died/ was close to death, I was literally chanting: 'Kill her, kill her' , because even though there had been an epic dog-chase/battle, NOT A SINGLE CAT HAD DIED! NOT ONE!
As well as this, the cat names are basically nonexistent compound words that reflect the cats' personalities. Fireheart' and 'Ravenpaw' and 'Tigerclaw' for example. Also cats don't use their paws like hands. THEY ARE NOT HUMAN!
I was not a confident child ENTIRELY because this book/series taught me that ambition was bad. Be ambitious. Just don't go over the top and end up trying to kill your ruler. (so cliche. Some bloke tries to murder the queen in order to take her place as leader.)
If you want a good cat book, read The Wildings. So good.
There were exciting parts. I'm not saying it is not good - I am only pointing out the bad things. Buy for 7 to 10 ( I read at 7 to 8 ish) children who are looking for excitement and don't need a book that makes complete sense. Alsok the plot gets repetitive throughout the series(s). Same old plot. Stop copying your own work or stop writing these 'Warrior' Cats books! You've read one, you've read 'em all, as they say.
Total rating: recommended.