Genre: Animal Adventures – Fantasy (Daydreams about what animals do when humans aren’t looking)
Basic Summary: A cat with all his functioning parts goes off into the forest to become a gangster.
Warnings: Mentions of cats and kittens dying. Just sayin’.
I’ll admit, I’ve been curious about this set of books for a while now. When I was younger, I loved books like these. The thought of animals being pretty much humans was more enjoyable for me at the age of ten. Hell, sometimes it still has a certain novelty.
This book follows a pet cat (kittypet) who goes into the woods to avoid The Vet. He meets up with cats who are feral (Clan Cats). He joins the Thunderclan! There are four clans in all and it’s pretty much a book about resource management and what happens when one Clan gets greedy. It’s human politics in fuzzy form.
Overall, the story is a hero’s arc and you can tell what part of the journey the hero is on by his name changes. Rusty turns into Firepaw who turns into Fireheart. It’s not a bad arc to go with.
The author gives each of her characters their own personalities. This first of a series also has several plots that run through it which is great for a multi-book series. Even if I didn’t already know there were MANY books in the Warriors saga, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out. All the plots are easy to follow and it doesn’t feel convoluted. The simple language of the group, which was very expected given the target age, made this a quick read.
There are some inconsistencies which aren’t just present in this book but are present in books that are similar. For example, the cats will still have names like foxes, badgers, and rats but they’ll call humans Twolegs. This would only make sense to me if all the other animals could speak to one another. However, as far as this novel goes, there isn’t any evidence towards all the others being able to do so.
Adult me found this book interesting and quick. I’ll probably check out the other books from the library to see where it goes. Kid me would have LOVED THIS AND BOUGHT ALL THE BOOKS.