Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Wildings by Nilanjana Roy

Synopsis (Goodreads

Pages: 336
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books 
Released: 7th July 2016 

A small band of cats lives in the labyrinthine alleys and ruins of Nizamuddin, an old neighbourhood in Delhi. Miao, the clan elder, a wise, grave Siamese; Katar, a cat loved by his followers and feared by his enemies; Hulo, the great warrior tom; Beraal, the beautiful queen, swift and deadly when challenged; Southpaw, the kitten whose curiosity can always be counted on to get him into trouble… Unfettered and wild, these and the other members of the tribe fear no one, go where they will, and do as they please. Until, one day, a terrified orange-coloured kitten with monsoon green eyes and remarkable powers, lands in their midst—setting off a series of extraordinary events that will change their world forever. 

What I Have to Say 

This is like Redwall but more diverse. Set in Delhi, the story takes us into the heart of the wild cat community, teaching us their rules and customs. It shows not only the street cats, but also into the life of house cats, feral cats and even tigers in the zoo. 

This was like being a little kid again. I adored all the books from the point of view of animals and the complexities between the characters made this the perfect version for teenagers. I enjoyed the conflict between Mara and the other cats over her fear of going outside. The different views of each cat were interesting and added a lot to the way the book turned out. 

The way that the cats communicate with each other and the other animals in their neighbourhood is really interesting and I definitely recommend his book 

My thanks go to Netgally and Pushkin Press for providing me with this copy for review. 

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