The Empty City (Erin Hunter's Survivors Series #1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Lucky is a golden-haired mutt with a nose for survival. He has always been a Lone Dog, relying on his instincts to get by. Other dogs have Packs, but Lucky stands alone.

Then the Big Growl strikes. Suddenly, the ground is split wide open. The Trap House is destroyed. And all the longpaws have disappeared.

Now Lucky is trapped in a strange and desolate new world with no food, foul water, and enemies at every turn. He falls in with others left ...

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

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Overview

Lucky is a golden-haired mutt with a nose for survival. He has always been a Lone Dog, relying on his instincts to get by. Other dogs have Packs, but Lucky stands alone.

Then the Big Growl strikes. Suddenly, the ground is split wide open. The Trap House is destroyed. And all the longpaws have disappeared.

Now Lucky is trapped in a strange and desolate new world with no food, foul water, and enemies at every turn. He falls in with others left behind, including his littermate Bella, a Leashed Dog. Relying on other dogs—and having them depend on him—brings new dangers that Lucky isn't prepared for, but he may not be able to survive on his own. Can Lucky ever be a true Pack Dog?

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Editorial Reviews

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“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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062102591
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Erin Hunter's Survivors Series , #1
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 20,306
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Erin Hunter is inspired by a love of cats and a fascination with the ferocity of the natural world. In addition to having great respect for nature in all its forms, Erin enjoys creating rich mythical explanations for animal behavior. She is also the author of the bestselling Seekers and Survivors series.

Biography

Erin Hunter is the nom de plume of three British writers who create enthralling, animal-centric YA fantasies in the tradition of Brian Jacques's Redwall books. In 2003, they launched their bestselling Warriors series with Into the Wild, the story of a domesticated kitten who leaves the comforts of his human home to join a family of feral cats living in the woods. Introducing a captivating world where rival cat clans struggle for survival, the book was an immediate sensation with animal- and adventure-loving preteens. Since its debut, Warriors has become a genuine publishing phenomenon, spawning a string of six-book miniseries, each with its own distinct story arc.

The Erin Hunter collaboration is an unusual but highly successful one. Characters and story ideas emanate from editor Victoria Holmes, who keeps track of previous plot lines, ensures continuity, and coordinates the details of a complex and growing cast of characters. Kate Cary and Cherith Baldry take turns writing individual books; then everything is vetted again through Holmes, who checks carefully to make sure the stories are told in a single, unified voice. With different writing styles at work, this would seem a daunting task. However, in a 2006 interview, Holmes explained her modus operandi: "I think of it as being able to "speak Erin Hunter", like speaking a different language, and after working on [so many] scripts, I know pretty much at once if a line or phrase doesn't sound right."

Although the Erin Hunter books are written for young readers, they do not shy away from difficult material. The animals face life-threatening dangers and experience pain, grief, and loss -- sometimes even treachery within their own ranks. But the authors are always careful to reinforce positive messages about family, friendship, loyalty, and love. Independently, Holmes, Cary, and Baldry stay busy with their own writing and editing projects; but in 2008, they reunited for a second animal fantasy series. Seekers: The Quest Begins features a trio of bears from different species (black, polar, and grizzly), who join together for an adventure-filled odyssey that will change their lives forever.

Good To Know

Fun facts about "Erin Hunter" and the Warrior books, plus advice for aspiring writers:
Cherith Baldry and Kate Cary have always loved cats -- and writing fantasy stories! Cherith is particularly interested in the stories of King Arthur, with all those glorious battles, knights, and a courtly code of behavior. Kate is fascinated by animal interaction and the way you can read all sorts of hidden motivation into what cats do. She's also not afraid of describing the goriest scenes!

Says Victoria Holmes, "I love being one of the Erins and frequently dream of being a cat running through a forest when I am coming up with new story lines. Teaming up with Kate and Cherith on the Warriors books is an unconventional way of working, but we love writing the books together and it means we can produce them much faster than a single writer could."

They came up with the single name, Erin Hunter, to avoid confusing their readers by having books from the same series filed in different places on the bookshelves.

Erin's advice for aspiring writers: "Read, read, and read some more! Make sure you read a wide variety of stories: fantasy stories teach you about making up completely new worlds, crime-solving stories teach you about handling a complicated plot, stories with lots of characters teach you how to describe relationships. Also, write as many stories as you can, even if no one else reads them. And remember that the best inspiration comes from what's around you -- Kate and Cherith go for long walks through the woods to find new locations for the cats to explore. They also spend hours watching their cats -- and other people -- to see how they behave in certain situations."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Erin Hunter is the pseudonym for three writers: Cherith Baldry, Kate Cary, and Victoria Holmes
    2. Hometown:
      All three writers live in the U.K.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    An actual review- for once.

    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.

    82 out of 97 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2012

    Warriors pf all clans loners kits roges kittypets elders med cats

    We must keep warriors alive at all costs or else cats will fase fading away to nothing warriors must not be forgotton ever.


    WARRIORS FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    65 out of 156 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2012

    I'm hopeless: HELP!

    I've read all of the warriors and seekers series' (and have preordered this survivors), but I have bluntly no idea what all the rucus around the "join my 'pack'" or "become my 'mate'" is about. Is it an online game in which you get to design a dog and pack? If so I would greatly like to participate. And I would (and will) happily join the pack of the person who tells me how to play. Include the url and\or a http code for it, the name of your pack, and a few steps the will help me start off well
    Thanks
    -Molly

    34 out of 77 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Yes¿!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The cover is unleashed!!!!!!! Ps the story is about wen all humans go missing dogs rule the world. It. Id. AWESOME!!!!!!(GO TO WARRIORCATS?COM AND READ ABOUT IT THERE!!!!!!!#!!!!)

    23 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    Survivors

    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!!!!

    22 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    To disappointed

    The Warriors series' are over. The only othrrs coming out are the extras, then no more. And if you don't like Seekers, too bad. Other people do. I personally am glad they are branching out with new themes.

    21 out of 55 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2012

    Dogs!

    Omg I love dogs so much! Im glad shes making this series!

    21 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2012

    New warriors series + awesome book

    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.

    20 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2012

    Bueno

    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.

    15 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Epic

    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.

    14 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    To below

    It comes out on august 21
    MISTY

    10 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    If you love dogs youll love this book!

    This is an amazinh book! Another job well done Erin Hunter! :)

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2012

    A great book

    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.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2012

    ITS FINALLY OUT!

    ITS OUT! WHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOO! PARTY EVERYONE!

    7 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    I am a senior in highschool, I read the Warriors series from whe

    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!!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Erin Hunter

    Hey guys i am the author. This book was written about my own dog, a dog rescued after the earthquake in Chile and yes, his name really is Lucky. Enjoy this series and if you get the chance, try out my other series "Warriors” and "Seekers”. Keep reading!

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    STOP RPGING!!!

    This is Barnes and Noble people why rpg on the nooks when you can get a real rpg site? This place is for reviews and help. I wonder if this is a good book. Oh BTW, I reported all of you who are RPGing. BN are also going to be looking at that too so please stop rpg and just get a real one.
    Thanks!
    MelodyMusic

    6 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

    More warriors

    I like that there going to dogs I was a dog person but now I like cats continoue the series until I die atleast. Ps Warriors rule have a cat that looks like lionblaze named him Leo. TWO full moons from aprentice.

    6 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2012

    When oes this coom out=|

    ok so when does this come out? Plese respond!-Star, leader of Rainclan

    6 out of 32 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Good

    I just got it today and so far its alright. But i definetly do hot think it will be nearly as good as warriors. My only complaint so far is that you are in the mind of a puppy napmed yap i thinknin the prolouge but then in chapter one your in the mind of a dog named lucky. I dont know if it is the same dog with a different name or a differnt dog. I hope that they will explain this later in the book.

    5 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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