Author: Jacob Grey
Series: Ferals (Book 1)
Publication: HarperCollins (April 28, 2015)
Description: A sinister threat. A city in danger. A boy with the power to command the crows. Ferals is the first book in a dark, action-packed trilogy that's part The Graveyard Book, part Batman, and all high-octane adventure.
Blackstone was once a thriving metropolis. But that was before the Dark Summer—a wave of violence and crime that swept through the city eight years ago, orchestrated by the fearsome Spinning Man. Now the Spinning Man is on the move again, and a boy named Caw is about to be caught in his web.
Caw has never questioned his ability to communicate with crows. But as the threat of a new Dark Summer looms, Caw discovers the underground world of Blackstone's ferals—those with the power to speak to and control animals. Caw is one of them. And to save his city, he must quickly master abilities he never knew he had...and prepare to defeat a darkness he never could have imagined.
My Thoughts: Thirteen-year-old Caw had lived with his crows since he was five years old. His parents sent him off with them during the Dark Summer when the Spinning Man was trying to take over Blackstone. Now, some of the Spinning Man's followers have escaped from prison and are trying to bring him back from the Land of the Dead.
Caw has spent quite a bit of time watching a family that lives near his nest. The father is in charge of the prison. The daughter is about his age. When he sees the father and daughter fighting the escaped prisoners, he tries to help. The daughter, Lydia, befriends him but the parents are more reluctant. They want to help him by putting him in an orphanage.
As a result of the escape, Caw also learns that there are others like him - ferals - who can talk to animals. He meets a pigeon speaker and a mouse speaker. The escapees can control dogs, snakes, and cockroaches. Caw learns a little of his family history from the other ferals.
Caw learns that he is the only one who can use a weapon called the Crow's Beak which is needed to release someone from the Land of the Dead. The escapees wrongly assume that Lydia is the one who can wield the weapon and kidnap her. It is up to Caw and his fellow ferals to find her and save her.
This was a great middle grade adventure. I can't wait for more books in the series.
Caw looked at both of them, then at Lydia. He'd never had a friend before. And she'd gone through a lot of trouble to find him. Milky had spoken for the first time in all the eight years Caw had known him. Perhaps it was a good sign.I got this ARC from Edelweiss. You can buy your copy here.