Author: Jacob Grey
Length: 288 pages
Source: eGalley from Edelweiss
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.
Protagonist: Caw lives on the streets or, to be more specific, in a tree, with only three crows to keep him company. Soon however Caw's life is about to change as he's thrust into the world of Ferals where his odd ability to speak to crows isn't so weird and where he still has more powers left to discover. I really liked Caw as he was a character that was very easy to root for and identify with. Over the course of the book he learns more about himself and his history and grows very organically as a character.
World-Building: So when I first saw this book as being described Batman meets Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book I was very excited. I've never read The Graveyard Book, but this story did have a slight Neil Gaiman quality to it, as well as times where I could see it being compared to Batman as well. There was a lot that was revealed in his book that I didn't think would be explored until later in a series like this. There's so much world-building packed into this one, fairly short, book that I can't wait to see how this world develops as the trilogy continues.
Predictability: So for the most part this book was fairly predictable, but not in a bad way. It wasn't as if I was angry that certain plot points were predictable, but more that I was excited to see what exactly they mean and how they would play into the story and expand it. There were also some things that I wasn't able to predict, mainly smaller details that, at times, were extremely shocking. If you are someone that can easily pick up on foreshadowing then I doubt you'll be constantly shocked by the twists in this book, but if you're a newer reader or a younger one than I think you'll have a blast with how this book can surprise you.
Ending: I was very surprised with how this book ended. A far as I knew the publisher had already ordered the full trilogy, so for this book to end in a way that wraps up most if not all of the dangling threads of this book. The final climax of this book was amazing but with a villain that seemed so daunting and powerful I was surprised with how easily the battle was over. I'll be interested to see where this trilogy will continue and just what's to come for our young hero.
This book was such a great read, it was quick and adventurous and, again, with so much packed into this book I'm excited to see how the author expands this world next!