Review: Warriors By Erin Hunter

Loucas Tzanis, Writer

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Okay so I know this isn’t what I usually do, but I think it’s time for me to review something besides video games and talk about a book series that is nostalgic for me. This book series is called Warriors (or Warrior cats as it’s called in the fan base which I’m a part of). It is about a house cat joining one of four factions called clans and adjusting to life as he tries to find who killed his clan’s second in command. You’re probably thinking, “it’s just another fish-out-of-water story we have all seen before so it’s nothing to get excited about.” To that, I say “ha!” because I just described the first book with minimum spoilers and I didn’t give details. I will give you the pros and cons of the series, but be warned I will be a little biased because I read it at a time when I was depressed and this series helped me feel happy about my life.

Pros

When I first read the first book in the first series I loved the prologue. It has two factions of cats fighting for Territory. I find it to be a great way of showing how savage wild/feral clan cats are. Then we are introduced to the leader, Bluestar and medicine cat, Spottedleaf, and learn about the condition of ThunderClan. I don’t have much to say about it except how it needs help and how unconfident Bluestar feels, which is unusual for her character. After the prologue we are introduced to our main character (Sigh) Rusty who is a house pet and wants to go into the forest. He talks to a character that will only appear in this book and a super edition and nowhere else. I have no idea why this is, but he’s not that interesting. Rusty goes into the forest and meets some clan cats. I’m only going that far so no spoilers. These beginning chapters bring you into the world with Rusty and is one of the reasons why I love Warriors. I can’t tell you other reasons because it goes beyond the first book and I will try not to spoil it.

Cons

I have a lot of issues with this book. A lot of it comes from characters to how stupid some of the logic is. The biggest problem after the first series is (large sigh) Rusty. He is still around after the books and becomes a Mary Sue/Gary Stu (Translation: Rusty becomes a character with no flaws and is perfect. which if I’m writing a book I try NOT to make Mary Sues). This makes a character which is likable and kind of cool become a character I LOATHE and since they are usually important to the plot and makes you not get to see characters I want to see. Luckily, in the prequel series Dawn of the Clans’ (which has no characters from the original series) super editions, Rusty doesn’t appear except for one time and he is good for a second. We have the first book in the library in school so read it if you don’t have any Warriors knowledge. Just don’t read the prologue. It’s confusing to me, too.  Another problem is that this series has a fan base. They make animations using a small amount of characters. I find this annoying because I want to see my official Catfu (Cat wifu) in an animation and not those characters. Also, there are a lot of books filled with lore and it’s a tiny bit terrifying with so many options, which is something I sometimes like, but luckily you can go on the Warriors wiki if you’re confused. 

Time for the Diddly Dang Answer

Is Warriors good? Yes, the series is really good and has very relatable characters like my official BEA (Before anyone else) Alderpaw (Topical jokes are funny — Am I right?). I really think you should read the series. Be prepared, however. This series gave me the feels and made me hate life (cue the super edgy music). Anyway, this series has its flaws and if you got an issue you can do what everyone does. Complain and moan on YouTube. 

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