Death, Violence, Suggestive Language: I wouldn’t recommend this for younger readers.
Shadow of Wrath was extremely well written, in my opinion. L.W. Patricks puts you in the this horrid arena, where children fight to the death, repeatedly, leaving only the children willing to kill to survive alive. Just because your alive, doesn’t mean your living, as the book harshly shows. Dog may be the champion and given better housing and food but he’s still just an animal, caged and tortured.
The characters are all put into horrifying situations that leave them grappling for their humanity as well as keeping the reader emotionally attached. This book manages to pull up such strong emotions for the characters: hatred for Ryker, the founder of the arena, compassion for Dog, fear for Allegra, and absolute disgust for the guards and anyone else willingly involved in the arena.
This was one of the books that leads you down a straightforward path, somewhat predictable, then abruptly takes a left turn and leaves you baffled and turning the pages at rapid speed, eager to find out what happens. I loved how unexpected and chilling Shadow of Wrath was!
Overall: This is definitely a must read for anyone interested in survival, thrilling and impossible situations, and a struggle for humanity. Shadow of Wrath is a disturbing and thought-provoking read about what it means to be, and stay, human in a world where killing another is the only way to survive.
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