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The Empty City (Erin Hunter's Survivors Series #1)

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by Erin Hunter

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From the #1 nationally bestselling author of Warriors comes an action-packed animal fantasy series that shows readers the world through the eyes of dogs. Survivors is full of “wild and wonderful adventure” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) that will thrill fans of Spirit Animals and Wings of Fire.

The Empty City begins with the Big


From the #1 nationally bestselling author of Warriors comes an action-packed animal fantasy series that shows readers the world through the eyes of dogs. Survivors is full of “wild and wonderful adventure” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review) that will thrill fans of Spirit Animals and Wings of Fire.

The Empty City begins with the Big Growl, a devastating earthquake that changes Lucky's world forever. Lucky has always been a Lone Dog, but now he needs a Pack in order to stay alive, so he teams up with a group of Leashed Dogs who have been separated from their owners.

Lucky's vivid point of view and the pulse-pounding action make for the start of an addictive series. The time has come for dogs to rule the wild!

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Editorial Reviews

A new Erin Hunter series invariably generates excitement, but one about dogs surviving in a dystopia has the added soulful appeal of humankind's very best friend. In the series starter, the tail wagging in The Empty City belongs to Lucky, a resourceful mutt even before the giant earthquake the other dogs call The Big Growl. His interactions with his canine companions and an ever-changing environment form the thrust of this engaging saga. Another hit for a master storytelling amalgam.

“Young readers will find plenty to like here, from the fast-moving plot, to the characterizations of individual dogs. A promising start for the many fans of the Warriors and Seekers adventure series.”
Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Lucky is a lone dog. Ever since he was young, he survived in his city alone. He disdains dogs who feel the need to belong to a pack, much less the wimpy "leashed dogs." One day, apocalypse strikes in the form of a giant earthquake, causing critical damage to a local nuclear facility. All the humans leave or die, and Lucky must find a new way through a world which no longer includes human leftovers. Following the runaway success of the Erin Hunter branded "Warriors" series, HarperCollins has spun off a bear series ("Seekers"), and now rolls out the "Survivors" world. Emulating Hunter's previous animal worlds, Lucky occasionally introduces dog vocabulary. "Sharpclaws" are cats, "longpaws" are humans, "The Big Growl" is his term for the earthquake—these terms are helpful in forcing the reader to see the world from a dog's point of view, but are not always consistent in their usage. Despite small drawbacks, however, the question of how dogs will survive in a post-human world is an engaging concept, and readers will race through the ending pages to see how Lucky and his friends survive. Reviewer: Raina Sedore
VOYA - Jennifer Rummel
Lucky has always been a lone dog, surviving on experience and instinct. When the Big Growl occurs, his world changes. He escapes from the Trap House and heads into the city. There he searches for food, but the other dogs are reluctant to share. While trying to hoard food, Lucky runs into trouble. When a band of dogs comes to his rescue, he is surprised to see his litter-sister among them. He is horrified to learn that she is a Leashed Dog. Lucky teaches the other dogs how to survive; how to hunt, where to sleep, and how to sniff out potential danger from humans and other dogs. Lucky does not know how his sister and her pack will survive without his help, but can a lone dog like Lucky become an alpha within a pack? A new series from The Warriors author is sure to be a hit with animal lovers and middle school readers. The book reads from Lucky's perspective, often using a new set of words for readers to puzzle over (Longpaws is the equivalent of humans). Seeing the world through a dog's eyes will change the reader's viewpoint on the world. The action and danger will keep readers turning pages, while the cliff-hanger ending will leave readers eagerly awaiting the next book. Reviewer: Jennifer Rummel
Kirkus Reviews
In this dog-themed series opener from the team behind the Warriors franchise, dogs must learn to face not only the results of the devastating earthquake that has turned their world upside down, but their own feelings of loyalty and independence. With the earth swelling beneath them and their cages twisting around them, the dogs in the shelter are trapped and frightened. Familiar with the legend of the "Big Growl," Lucky is able to quickly piece together what has happened. He and another dog, Sweet, manage to escape, only to find themselves in the middle of a city in ruin. With the humans ("longpaws") gone, it is up to Lucky to try to find food and shelter. He is quickly joined by other dogs who are desperately hungry and unprepared for their new world. Lucky is a reluctant leader, eager for a life of solitude, but he feels a kinship and responsibility for this new pack. Weaving together the horrific yet all-too-familiar scenes of natural disaster with the mythical legends of the dogs, Hunter expertly explores the tensions between responsibility and freedom; risk and safety; and loyalty and acceptance. Viewing the unfolding adventure through Lucky's eyes makes even the most mundane or familiar seem alive with magic. Wild and wonderful adventure for middle-graders. (Adventure. 8-12)

Product Details

HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Erin Hunter's Survivors Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of animals and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. As well as having great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich, mythical explanations for animal behavior. She is the author of the Warriors, Seekers, Survivors, and Bravelands series. She lives in the UK. Visit her online at www.warriorcats.com.

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The Empty City (Survivors #1) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 701 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review section is full of mindless spamming. But for those who want a real review, here you go. This is a fairly good book, wth an interesting pot and characters that are realistic and have ACTUAL FLAWS. *pointed look at Firestar* But you are bombarded with several characters at once, causing mass confusion for the reader. The book itself is somewhat darker than Warriors, yet somehow more juvenile at the same time. The plot grabs you and holds you until the end, alhough its grip slackens at times where the plot drags on. You also have to learn the new lingo, which may take some getting used to. Overall? It's a good book, definitely worth reading, although it is sometimes confusing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Erins first book in their new series! Ill admit, i was a bit bitter toward the book when i first started reading, because i loved warriors, but it kept me quite entertained. There were a few things that stood out to me. First, is that the " dog language" was quite confusing to me at the beginning, but i started to understand the more i read ( like warriors). Second, Lucky, the main character, seemed a little cowardly and annoying and stupid, but in like the next chapter hes like this brave dog thats super smart and leads a pack (srry spoiler, but he loves being alone) but i assume that this is, as my english teacher would put it, " growth of the character". And lastly, this book is short! In my opinion at least. It is 169 pages. Most warrior books(for u warrior fans out there) are at least 100 pages or more than that. Obviously i still REALLY liked this book or i wouldnt have rated it 5 stars. I think that its another great series to follow. BUY THUS BOOK!!! And if u dont know what warriors is, its erin hunter' s other series about cats. Great series. Read it. Yes you, in fact... read BOTH!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I jst loved this sereis! It was qiute amazing. And since i have a golden retreiver it just made the story more fun. Highly reccomented.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was actually really good(: the Warrior series was great and im glad shes starting a new series about dogs. You should buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I heard erin hunter(s) are making new warriors series. They say it may be called "Dawn of the Clans". About before even Pinestar's time (For Pinestar, read "Bluestar's Prophecy"). Like when the Clans first formed. Im like in the middle of this book, right where lucky meets his sister for the first time since their Pup Pack. Overall, so far, a great book. I highly recomend this book to anyone who loves erin hunter(s), warriors, or seekers.
Joseph-Choz 11 months ago
Survivors starts with Lucky being in the pound sensing something is about to happen but can’t do anything because he is in a cage and can’t get out. The humans have left and there is an earth quake and it kills a lot of dogs but not him and the female dog beside him Sweet. Sweet escapes her cage but Lucky does not. So Sweet helps him get out. When they get out Lucky tells sweat that they can survive roaming the human town but after a while Sweet wants to leave and go to a pack but Lucky was always a lone dog and doesn’t want to be in a pack and tells her he isn’t going with her. Once she leaves he finds his old buddy and they share meat and when his old buddy leaves foxes chase Lucky and try to take his meat but an odd pack of dogs comes to Lucky’s rescue. Then they save Alfie from his house collapsing down on him. Then Lucky teaches them how to survive in the wild. But Alfie finds and place with free food and wants to take it the easy way and Lucky had a bad feeling about the place but they didn’t listen to him and they get captured by fierce dogs but Lucky saves again. Survivors the empty city is the first book of a six book collection. It is giving insight on a dog named lucky. In the book lucky is the main character. The book tells what lucky goes through in his adventure. The book is told in first person by lucky the main character. I gave the book four stars because it was a really good book for me. That’s why I like the book and you will like it too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though it was disappointing that erin hunter will no longer continue the warriors series, this is a great read and recommended to all warrior, animal, and dog lovers.
ISeeTooClear More than 1 year ago
I am a senior in highschool, I read the Warriors series from when the Erin Hunter team first released the first ever Warriors book. I was around in 6th grade to 8th grade back then, and I immediately fell in love. I admit I stopped reading the series at The Power of the Three ark, and I wasn't a huge fan of the Seekers series... BUT THIS ONE, I fell in love! Especially, that I love dogs so much more than cats because in real life I'm allergic to cats... Haha! But, I truly believe that this book was meant for readers over the age of 14, because I really believe it was meant for fans who have grown up with Warriors. As one of the other reviewers of this series stated, this book is definately more dark, and definately a tad bit gory. I warn you that the next stuff I say WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS IN THIS REVIEW. In the first chapter, you learn from context clues (foreshadows) that there has been an earthquake and that the dog catcher van is in a wreck in which all but the main protoganist dog and another dog survive. Lucky, once again the protoganist, gets out with the other dog to smell and see blood and dead dogs. There is also a very hearttugging part where Lucky and Sweet venture to a food packaging plant to learn that the twoleg/longleg(human) that once fed Lucky scraps and was very sweet and loving towards Lucky calls Lucky to his side when Lucky finds him dying underneath the fallen debris. Lucky, helpless even after a few tries to free the human, watches this human he is endeared to die. So, once again, the series is more dark and gorey! HOWEVER!!! It really is an amazing read... I will agree that you will get a bit confused throughout the book in certain instances, because it is still a bit scatterbrained in some parts.... However, it realy is worth it. And it's fun for someone like me, being seventeen years old, and being able to enjoy a book that is not about vampires or drama in a teenager's life... I mean, I find it fun that this new author that is part of the Erin Hunter team, Gillian Philips, has spread out many context clues. I get a little pang of excitement when i find out what certain words or even context clues mean... The story is located near San Francisco, Caifornia, if you look at the city and the book and look up where SF, CA is it is an exact match, which explains the earthquake. I also find it awesome that I'm able to know that the Fierce dogs are more than likely Doberman Pinchers. I also am reminded constantly that Daisy, the Westie- Jack Russel Terrier mix reminds me of my own excitable Jack Russel Terrier - Chihuahua mix named Jack who acts just like her. I HIGHLY RECCOMEND THIS SERIES! I will be following it!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really recommend getting into this sieries, its kind of like warriors but more intense! Thank erin hunter. In this book there is suspense, action, suffering, but in all this there is fun, love, and happieness. And I love all of it! Now I'm pickie with books ,but I got into this sieries fast, in 2 monthes I read all 5 books so far and there not that short of books, at least about 200 pages. Keep up the good work erin hunter! P.s. plz stop the role playing comments!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it because it gives you a view of how dogs think
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun exciting adventurous story I love it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cant put my nook down thats how good this series is!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Survivers book 1 was great and survivors book 2 was even better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Erin Hunter just keeps getting better and better! I've been a fan of Warriors since the very first series and I'd have to say that Survivors has replaced it as my favorite series yet. O
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best books i've ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! It really leaves you on the edge of you'r seat!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in three hours, no bathroom breaks or eating breaks!!! It's just such a good book. I got attached to the chsracters like that*snap*. There is a dog named Lucky, and an earthquake, a.k.a. The Big Growl, has ruined the city! There is hardly anything left, and Lucky has to work hard to survive. To find out what happens next, read SURVIVORS: THE EMPTY CITY
The_smart_warriors_reader More than 1 year ago
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 giving Thunderclan a hard time. The Erin Hunters are definitely sticking to what they know best, but I think that's a good thing. However, I find it strange that they went right from cats to dogs. Hello, Bluestar's death? And now I can't like cats in this series! Good thing I'm both a cat and a dog person. The Empty City is still pretty original, and it has a bit of dystopian in it as well....kind of. It's not honest-to-goodness dystopian, but it was still cool. And I found myself liking Lucky a lot; his personality is much different than Firestar's. Still, I don't think it lived up to Warriors, which disappointed me. It did beat Seekers, though. All together, 3.5 stars for a mostly original story with some characters I am sure I will grow to adore. (I hope there's pups soon! Kits were the highlights of the book for me in Warriors! They're adorable!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg the bookwas awesome!!!!!!!!-Stealth Elf
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Eirn Hunter. I have read all her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite characters in this book were Lucky, the main character, his sister, Bella, Sweet the swift-dog, Blade, the Alpha of the Fierce Dogs, and who could forget about sweet Bruno? I loved the story! This will be my new favorite series! I really liked Warrior cats, but I loved Scourge so much.... I'm sad that Firestar ended him. Now, however, there are more characters in new series! The new Survivor Dogs book, A Hidden Enemy, will be out soon. The characters? They were great! Erin has done it again as she introduces readers through the life of Clan cats.... to the life of bear friends.... to the life of a team of Pack dogs. I was also a pretty big fan of Mickey, Daisy, and Martha. Sunshine and Old Hunter were also kind of good. Bad guys? Blade is an evil character. But Erin uses her imagination to inspire readers that she may team up with Lucky and stop the Storm of Dogs. I love these books! I can't wait for the second book to come out! Good job, Erin! P.S.... LuckyXSweet, BladeXOld Hunter, BladeXBruno, BellaXMickey, MarthaXBruno, SunshineXAlfie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG!!!! A NEW SERIES!! how totally awesome!!* Erin Hunter is soo talented! I luuv the Seekers srleries!^_^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course, its not as good as the Warriors Series. But close! Highly reccomend! -- Hawkheart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Get it fir sure, it was short, but Excellent!!!!!!
Anonymous 13 days ago
So much