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Warriors Series: Into the Wild (Warriors #01)

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Chapter One

It was very dark. Rusty could sense something was near. The young tomcat's eyes opened wide as he scanned the dense undergrowth. This place was unfamiliar, but the strange scents drew him onward, deeper into the shadows. His stomach growled, reminding him of his hunger. He opened his jaws slightly to let the warm smells of the forest reach the scent glands on the roof of his mouth. Musty odors of leaf mold mingled with the tempting aroma of a small furry creature.

Suddenly a flash of gray raced past him. Rusty stopped still, listening. It was hiding in the leaves less than two tail-lengths away. Rusty knew it was a mouse — he could feel the rapid pulsing of a tiny heart deep within his ear fur. He swallowed, stifling his rumbling stomach. Soon his hunger would be satisfied.

Slowly he lowered his body into position, crouching for the attack. He was downwind of the mouse. He knew it was not aware of him. With one final check on his prey's position, Rusty pushed back hard on his haunches and sprang, kicking up leaves on the forest floor as he rose.

The mouse dived for cover, heading toward a hole in the ground. But Rusty was already on top of it. He scooped it into the air, hooking the helpless creature with his thorn-sharp claws, flinging it up in a high arc onto the leaf-covered ground. The mouse landed dazed, but alive. It tried to run, but Rusty snatched it up again. He tossed the mouse once more, this time a little farther away. The mouse managed to scramble a few paces before Rusty caught up with it.

Suddenly a noise roared nearby. Rusty looked around, and as he did so, the mouse was able to pull away from his claws. When Rusty turned back he saw it dart into the darkness among the tangled roots of a tree.

Angry, Rusty gave up the hunt. He spun around, his green eyes glaring, intent on searching out the noise that had cost him his kill. The sound rattled on, becoming more familiar. Rusty blinked open his eyes.

The forest had disappeared. He was inside a hot and airless kitchen, curled in his bed. Moonlight filtered through the window, casting shadows on the smooth, hard floor. The noise had been the rattle of hard, dried pellets of food as they were tipped into his dish. Rusty had been dreaming.

Lifting his head, he rested his chin on the side of his bed. His collar rubbed uncomfortably around his neck. In his dream he had felt fresh air ruffling the soft fur where the collar usually pinched. Rusty rolled onto his back, savoring the dream for a few more moments. He could still smell mouse. It was the third time since full moon that he'd had the dream, and every time the mouse had escaped his grasp.

He licked his lips. From his bed he could smell the bland odor of his food. His owners always refilled his dish before they went to bed. The dusty smell chased away the warm scents of his dream. But the hunger rumbled on in his stomach, so Rusty stretched the sleep out of his limbs and padded across the kitchen floor to his dinner. The food felt dry and tasteless on his tongue. Rusty reluctantly swallowed one more mouthful. Then he turned away from the food dish and pushed his way out through the cat flap, hoping that the smell of the garden would bring back the feelings from his dream.

Outside, the moon was bright. It was raining lightly. Rusty stalked down the tidy garden, following the starlit gravel path, feeling the stones cold and sharp beneath his paws. He made his dirt beneath a large bush with glossy green leaves and heavy purple flowers. Their sickly sweet scent cloyed the damp air around him, and he curled his lip to drive the smell out of his nostrils.

Afterward, Rusty settled down on top of one of the posts in the fence that marked the limits of his garden. It was a favorite spot of his, as he could see right into the neighboring gardens as well as into the dense green forest on the other side of the garden fence.

The rain had stopped. Behind him, the close-cropped lawn was bathed in moonlight, but beyond his fence the woods were full of shadows. Rusty stretched his head forward to take a sniff of the damp air. His skin was warm and dry under his thick coat, but he could feel the weight of the raindrops that sparkled on his ginger fur.

He heard his owners giving him one last call from the back door. If he went to them now, they would greet him with gentle words and caresses and welcome him onto their bed, where he would curl, purring, warm in the crook of a bent knee.

But this time Rusty ignored his owners' voices and turned his gaze back to the forest. The crisp smell of the woods had grown fresher after the rain.

Suddenly the fur on his spine prickled. Was something moving out there? Was something watching him? Rusty stared ahead, but it was impossible to see or smell anything in the dark, tree-scented air. He lifted his chin boldly, stood up, and stretched, one paw gripping each corner of the fencepost as he straightened his legs and arched his back. He closed his eyes and breathed in the smell of the woods once more. It seemed to promise him something, tempting him onward into the whispering shadows. Tensing his muscles, he crouched for a moment. Then he leaped lightly down into the rough grass on the other side of the garden fence. As he landed, the bell on his collar rang out through the still night air.

"Where are you off to, Rusty?" meowed a familiar voice behind him ...

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SnowRaven, August 14, 2014 (view all comments by SnowRaven)
This is indeed the beginning of an amazing adventure. Do not let the length of Hunter's Warriors saga intimidate you; one can consume the saga arc by arc, starting with the original excitement of Into the Wild. Follow Rusty, the protagonist, into his wild journey as he learns what it means to be a true Warrior. Also, do not judge a book by its cover: although this series is about feral cats, various topics such as love, betrayal, coping with death, and fighting for what's right are in abundance in the Warriors series. Hurry and delve into the clans!
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merlins.crazy.mom, July 11, 2014 (view all comments by merlins.crazy.mom)
INTO THE WILD is the first book in a long, amazing series about clans of feral cats. It is so enjoyable, so hard to put down! If you are going to start on this amazing journey with this first book, I suggest you go back to the map page and to the pages with the cat names and descriptions repeatedly while reading the story. It wioll help you in the long run because there are so many cat characters and it's hard to keep track of them all at first. The more books of the series that you read, the easier it is to keep track of which cats belongs to which clans, but at first it can be a bit overwhelming. Stick to it, though, cuz it's so worth it!
(Erin Hunter, the author, isn't a real person! There's at least two different people that are writing this series. If you look at the 'special thanks to' page, you'll find the +real+ name of the author!)
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ohohaye13, November 18, 2012 (view all comments by ohohaye13)
This is a very suspenseful and exciting book. Great for all reader whether you are 50 or 10. If you like cats and adventure then, this is the book for you.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060525507
Author:
Hunter, Erin
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Author:
Hunter, Erin W.
Author:
Hunter, Erin L.
Author:
Hunter, Erin
Author:
Richardson, Owen
Author:
by Erin Hunter
Author:
Schwartz, Pepper
Location:
New York, NY
Subject:
Cats
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Animals - Cats
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Feral cats
Subject:
Fsntasy
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Happiness
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Warriors
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
January 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.62x5.20x.63 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
10-14

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Product details 288 pages Avon Books - English 9780060525507 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]he first exciting installment....Certain to please any young reader who has ever wondered what dreams of grandeur may haunt the family cat."
"Review" by , "Hunter debuts with a suspenseful animal adventure that will leave readers eyeing Puss a bit nervously....Teen readers will readily identify with Firepaw's strenuous efforts to fit into the group...and rejoice at the promised sequel."
"Review" by , "[S]pine-tingling....Intelligence notwithstanding, the cat characters are true to their feline nature, making this sure to appeal to fans of Clare Bell's long-popular Ratha's Creature (1983)...and also to followers of Brian Jacques' ongoing Redwall series."
"Review" by , "The author has created an intriguing world with an intricate structure and mythology, and an engaging young hero....This is not as elegantly written as Brian Jacques's Redwall series, but it's another option for fans of animal adventure/fantasy stories."
"Synopsis" by , Fire alone can save our clan...

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger, and the sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying — and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty...who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

"Synopsis" by , For generations, four clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior ancestors. But now there is trouble. In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary house cat named Rusty, who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.
"Synopsis" by , Join the legion of fans who have made Erin Hunter's Warriors series a #1 national bestseller! Epic adventures. Fierce Warrior cats. A thrilling fantasy world. It all begins here with Warriors #1: Into the Wild.

For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their ancestors. But the warrior code is threatened, and the ThunderClan cats are in grave danger. The sinister ShadowClan grows stronger every day. Noble warriors are dying—and some deaths are more mysterious than others.

In the midst of this turmoil appears an ordinary housecat named Rusty . . . who may turn out to be the bravest warrior of them all.

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