Survivors: The Gathering Darkness #3: Into the Shadows Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-06 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 3 user ratings


The original Survivors arc was a fun read, even if it lacked depth. This book, though, continues the downward trajectory of the Gathering Darkness arc established in the last 2 books.

Lucky continues to perplex me in regards to his drastic personality switch. Storm was everything to him in the last arc and now it's like she can't do or say anything right in his eyes, when he even makes time to notice she exists.

Alpha (Sweet) infuriates me with her lack of leadership and passive cruelty  (she doesn't speak up for dogs being bullied so that they end up leaving the Pack, and yells at the whole Pack for a few dogs being aggressors). Really, though, I can't say it's surprising, since she tried to (view spoiler)" said.

" Great continuation of the series as a whole, and the fear that Storm has of protecting her pack. " said.


Storm: Things are getting even more difficult for Storm and Arrow as some dog continues to do awful things and make dogs think the two fierce dogs can't be trusted. But Storm at least has the comfort of knowing some dog trusts her - the only dog who stands for Arrow is his mate Bella.

Arrow and Bella: I love this pair and it makes me sad to think that they may not be back now that the pack dogs have driven out Arrow without any real proof. And even when he IS pretty much cleared, no one is quick to invite him and Bella back.

The Pups: Sweet and Lucky's pups are adorable and so nice to read about. You can tell they are loved.


Bruno: He was a dog I was always alright with - not bad, not good. But now he's ridiculous. I'm pretty sure he's the biggest part of Arrow and Bella getting driven out and that was something that shouldn't have happened.

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" This was pretty good although I just wish they would SOLVE THE MYSTERY ALREADY ACK " said.

" Really, really good. Really held my interest and I'm so intrigued to see what's going to happen! This second Survivors series is ten times better than any other Erin Hunter book I've read. I'm really hooked. " said.

" I can't really say anything bad or good about this book; it is just a Survivors novel in the middle of an arc. Nothing extremely important happened in this one...Just a lot of small things that may or may not come back to the plot in future books. Still no closer to figuring out the mystery that surrounds this Pack... " said.

"I'm really enjoying this middle school series. All the dogs have their little quirks, and you love the main charactor, Lucky. As you continue the series you meet new dogs, mostly bad dogs so far. I can't like the pack leader Alpha, half dog, half wolf. I feel sorry for the little dogs, trying so hard to fit in.
So far we have Lucky, the lone dog and main charactor. Then we have the leashed dogs, where their owners have disappeared and Lucky teaches them to survive. Then you meet the Wild dogs, with Alpha as their leader, rather cruel wild dog. Then you have the Fierce Dogs, Dobermans that are pure evil. I can't wait to see what happens next!
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"Is it just me getting older and losing interest in these books, or are the Erin Hunter books that have been published lately not up to the usual standard? I have to admit the ShadowClan story line in the Warriors series has me interested, but even in that series it seems like the characters are irrational and make annoying decisions. I'm starting to feel the same way about the characters in this story, but instead of the main character annoying me it's all of the other characters. It seems like as soon as a new dog takes over all the other dogs seem to be cruel and stupid. I'm all for writing diverse characters with different outlooks and opinions, but to differentiate your characters' voices you shouldn't have to make only the character telling the story rational. Alpha has especially changed for me in this book, and I definitely see the rationality behind Bluestar's choices in the Warriors series of choosing between motherhood and being a leader. Most of the things I want to rant about include spoilers, so if you don't mind them or have read the book and want to see my thoughts in more depth, continue reading.

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