The Prey by Tom Isbell
After a radiation blast burned most of the Earth to a crisp, the new government established settlement camps for the survivors. At the camp, these sixteen-year-old “LTs,” are eager to graduate as part of the Rite. Until they learn the dark truth: “LTs” doesn’t stand for lieutenants but for Less Thans, feared by society and raised to be hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with the Sisters, twin girls who’ve suffered their own haunting fate. Together they seek the fabled New Territory, with sadistic hunters hot on their trail. Secrets are revealed, allegiances are made, and lives are at stake. As unlikely Book and fearless Hope lead their quest for freedom, these teens must find the best in themselves to fight the worst in their enemies.
Hope is a caring and capable girl who would do anything for her sister. Book is a smart and intuitive boy who learns the truth about his camp of “LTs” and wants to help everyone be freed from from the sadistic leaders. The two team up to save as many young people as they can. But with many obstacles along the way, the road will be nearly impossible.
The Prey is the first in a post-apocalyptic series for young adults. The more I read about this mysterious and devastated new world, the more I wanted to know. Loaded with non-stop suspense, drama, and intriguing characters – this story is completely captivating. There are plenty of twists and surprises along the way. And the ending made me pick up the sequel immediately.