Into the Wild (Warriors, #1)

By Erin Hunter

80,621 ratings - 4.3* vote

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 . . For generations, four Clans of wild cats have shared the forest according to the laws laid down by their warrior

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Book details

Paperback, 288 pages
January 6th 2004 by HarperTrophy

(first published January 9th 2003)

Original Title
Into the Wild
0061284203 (ISBN13: 9780061284205)
Edition Language

Community Reviews


I wish there was a higher rating, beacuse this is the BEST series in the world!!!!!!!!!!!
If you like this one,then read the following in order.(It is important to read them in order,or you will miss important parts of the story.)

Book one- Into the Wild
Book two- Fire and Ice
Book three- Forest of Secrets
Book four- Rising Storm
Book five- A Dangerous Path
Book six- The Darkest Hour

Book one- Midnight
Book two- Moonrise
Book three- Dawn
Book four- Starlight
Book five- Twilight
Book six- Sunset

Book one- The Sight
Book two- Dark River
Book three-Outcast

*Firestar's Quest
*Warriors field guide:
Secrets of the clans

Book one- The Lost Warrior
Book two- Warrior's Refuge
Book three-Warrior's Return

Kat (Lost in Neverland)

Best book and series in the world.


Vanessa J.

Edit (February 23, 2016):

Okay, I'm DONE with this review. I'm disabling the notifications, so if someone comments in it, I'm not gonna now. The level of trolls it has gotten has reached levels I cannot stand anymore. Of course, there are reviews with more trolls, but this is as much as I can endure.

And for you, ignorants who can't accept other people's opinions (better known as "trolls"), why don't you go read one of the many thousands of 5 star reviews instead of coming to criticize an opinion that's obviously different to yours? Don't you understand it's pointless? I'm not going to stop hating this book if you tell me "I'm wrong." In fact, if anything, your words only make me feel nauseas when I think of this piece of garbage.

And that's my final word. I won't be replying to any comment in here, I don't care why you love this (write your own review for that) and I won't read the rest of this series.


Original review:

The first thing you need to know about me is that I hate cats. HATE THEM. They're are the living creatures I dread the most after roaches. I'm serious. I can't think about cats without flinching. I hear one, and I shudder. I see one, and I want to vomit. One gets near me and the good girl inside me is in risk of going far far away. I just can't stand them.

The second thing you need to know is that I hate stories about talking animals. I literally cannot watch a TV show or a movie where there are talking animals without going insane. Really, I get so exasperated and furious I fear my heart will stop working.

Those previous points led me to think I was not going to like this book, but I decided to try anyway because I've had pleasant surprises, for example, The Monstrumologist. That book had monsters and my eyes just roll until almost popping out of my head whenever I hear that word mentioned, BUT I LOVED that book/series, so with the hope of that thing also happening with this book, I finally gave it a try.

I regret my decision.

Why? Perhaps this is the most ridiculous book I've read after Twilight (and we're talking about one year). I just couldn't buy the concept. Clans of cats fighting? The hell? Yep. That's all this book is about. Some might say it's an original concept, but for me? It's just laughable.

Also, the amount of absurd names was overwhelming to the point where I wanted to kill myself. Look at some examples:

→ Tigerpaw, Graypaw, Firepaw, Lionheart, Dustpaw, Sandpaw, Bluestar, Ravenpaw, Yellowfang, Longtail, Smudge, Crookedstar, Tallstar, Blackfoot, Dappletail, Redtail, Oakheart, Darkstripe, Spottedleaf, Frostfur, Raggedstar, Nightpelt, etc.

You may have noticed that I highlighted some of the names... Well, it's because READING ALL THOSE FREAKING -PAW, -STAR, -HEART, -TAIL TERMINATIONS MADE ME WANT TO KILL MYSELF!!!

Some awkward sentences contributed to my almost madness too. Like this:

“We got back in time,” she meowed with a gasp. “The kits are safe!”

Meowed... with a gasp? That's like trying to talk while swallowing... or like gasping and talking at the same time. I tried doing it and I failed. My brother tried and he failed too. My mother is part of this group too and my sister as well.

This felt just as wtf as the previous one:

Yellowfang looked up at Bluestar and narrowed her eyes respectfully.

Narrow eyes respectfully?

How do you do that? Like this?

Or maybe like this?

[Damn. Aren't you a creepy one, Cinderella's stepmother?]

This one might be an option too:

For me, they all look the same (except some are more hate-filled), don't ya think?

The unnecessary deaths were also another bug for me. Like, I didn't even get to know the character yet he died and I'm supposed to feel bad? For example, there was a Redtail (yeah, ludicrous name - don't even mention it) at the beginning. I didn't know who that was, and there comes some cat telling everyone Redtail's dead. I mean, wtf, who the hell is Redtail?

And I'm not only talking about his death. There were many pointless ones. Why did they die? Just to... give more emotion to the story, I suppose? Well, Hunter, BIG FAIL HERE BECAUSE I COULDN'T CARE ANY LESS.

Anyway, I'm sure I bashing a book most people love, but maybe this didn't work for me because it simply was ridiculous not a book targetted to my age. If you're a fan of talking animals and you love stupid stories about pointless "warriors" cats, then this might be just for you.

Audrey (Ravenstar)


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You silently walk through the forest, alone and scared. You are hungry and tired and are in need of shelter. Suddenly, you come across a young, tortoiseshell cat.

"Hello!" she meows. "I'm Ravenstar."
You nod in acknowledgment.
"Let me take you back to the Clan," she says. "We'll decide if we want to bring you in," her eyes glitter daringly, "if you're up to the challenge."

Welcome to the ORIGINAL ThunderClan, where online AND kindle GoodRead users can role play!

- Welcome, Sparrowfeather (Kaitlynn), Firestorm (Cute Cutey), Willowleaf (Leesylou28), and Midnightpelt (Lexi)!
- We need mentors for Spikepaw and Starpaw!
- We also need a mentor for our newest apprentice, Leopardpaw (Kat)!

The noble cats of ThunderClan:


Deputies (aka The Trifecta):
Silverstorm (apprentice: Featherpaw)
Stormsong (sagestar) (apprentice: Rosepaw)
Firefall (Thomas) (apprentice: Lightningpaw)

Medicine Cat:
Nightpelt (Maymuna)
RETIRED: Icestorm

Flowerclaw (apprentice: Blackpaw)
Willowleaf(Trixi) (apprentice: Whisperpaw)
Snowstripe (Lindsy) (apprentice: Hopepaw)
Goldenstorm (Adithya)
Spottedfire (Strawbery Rose Gallagher)
Redclaw (Aidan)
Skyheart (skysar)
Willowfall (Briana)
Foxfur (Aimee Bachman)
Flameheart (Katlove92)
Leafdapple (Florence)(apprentice: Goldpaw)
Redclaw (Sagestar)
Stormsong (sagestar)
Cherryleaf (Yellowfang2005)
Icepelt (~LeafTheRainWing~)
Nightclaw (lynx)
Stormstream (apprentice: Darkpaw)
Silverbow (aaron)
Scarletsong (FAIREST)
Icysplash (Chloe)(apprentice: Waterpaw)
Darkclaw (Mohsin)
Dawnflower (Chloe)
Ashebird (Logan)
Stormberry (Leøpard)
Silverclaw (Assassin Ardhra Frost)
Sparrowtail (cinnamon cookiez)(apprentice: Streampaw)
Sparrowfeather (Kaitlynn)
Firestorm (Cute Cutey)
Willowleaf (Leesylou28)
Midnightpelt (Lexi)

Birchpaw (Ashly Ketchum)
Whisperpaw (Alayna)
Darkpaw (kaufmask)
Goldpaw (Satta)
Streampaw (jynx)
Leopardpaw (Kat)


Amberkit (Maria)
Craftkit (BLCRAFT)



So... Warriors. No, not that awesome 80's flick starring that guy from Xanadu. Unfortunately.

Warriors, Into the Wild is Book 1 of 6 (SIX!!) in the first of like---- a zillion series. My 10 yr old daughter is in love with these books---she can devour one a day (and the way that they are churned out....) She is so into these that she asked my husband and I to give them a shot. Fine, I can take one for the team, I mean, heck, she's reading, right?

Thing is, it's not so bad. You've got a li'l bit of Tolkien and a splash of Shakespearean tragedy in a Jets vs. Sharks sorta way... It makes for a lively story.

Here's my issue...

So, you have the kittpet, Rusty, longing to pounce on mice and rabbits, tearing into their cold, fuzzy, flesh--he meets Graypaw and is introduced to Thunderclan and meets Lionheart and Tigerclawand Dustpaw and Sandpaw and they take him in and he becomes Firepaw and apprentices with Bluestar but Tigerclaw has this chip on his shoulder and doesn't like him and he runs into Yellowfang and falls for Spottedleaf, then has to save the honor or Ravenpaw who watched Redtail be killed by Oakheart, but it wasn't Oakheart it was Tigerclaw and meanwhile you have Shadowclan, which is Yellowfang's old gang and they're led by Brokenspear who has daddy issues and offs Raggedstar and sends Clawface to capture Frostfur's kits so there's this A-Team like maneuver to invade Shadowclan that Whitestorm leads and then Graypaw becomes Graystripe and Firepaw who was Rusty now becomes Fireheart...




Guess what peeps?? ;)
This was my first YA series that I read!!!

Yah, yah, maybe it was something else but my poor memory remembers this one as a CRAZY FRICKING AWESOME SERIES.

So yes, I was a little tiny 5th grader who read in the back corner of the classroom who politely answered teacher's questions.
But when this gorgeous thing came up in my face, I was like...0_0



This book has action, has great characters, and guess what??!!

Yup, you animal lovers, come this way. ;)

So yes, half the time, I was wondering if cats could actually talk or this entire time, I was reading pages full of "meows" and mistook them for actual words.........

*sheepish smile*

Yes, this book was brilliant, you'll love it, you'll die in the back of ur 5th grade classroom( or middle school, or couch, or whatevs), and here I am, recommending this to y'all!!!

Hope ya like it! ;)

Elle (ellexamines)

These books are written terribly but they've actually got pretty developed characters and they basically made me fall in love with reading in third grade or whatever? so. four stars.

I actually want to talk about why these stupid books made me fall in love with reading, because they truly influenced me so much. I think the best thing about this series is the developed character work. This is a series that has defined characters who you can root for or dislike, which is awesome. I actually think the characters improve throughout the series. In series one, Fireclaw is kind of a typical boring do-gooder. Brambleclaw, Leafpool, and Squirrelflight, the main characters in series two, are far more interesting and defined, with clear motivations beyond "do the right thing." This trend continues in series three and four. I also really appreciate the occasional morally grey or morally black characters. Yes, many characters are a bit "I do good things and I'm amazing!!" but characters like Ivypool, in the fourth series, were so influential to my childhood.

Yeah, the plot is a little weird and far-fetched, and the writing is pretty terrible now that I've grown up enough to see it, but this series is definitely good for anyone who likes middle grade fiction. Especially kids. This is definitely a series I'd give to all elementary schoolers.


This book is about a house cat who is tired of being a house cat and wants to go into the wild. Then he mets a kitten from a 'clan' and goes with him into the forest and mets the rest of the Thunderclan. This book sounds boring, but really, it is a great book. The author is very descriptive and makes it all very interesting. There a four clans, Thunderclan, Windclan, Riverclan and Shadowclan. The whole series, and there are a lot of them, is about the four clans fighting to stay alive and also trying to be friends with the other clans. There are also new series, calld the New Prophecy, they are about different cats and different problems, but all the series join together. It really doesn't sound that great, but you should just try, you will be suprised. This is the first book out of all of them, after you have read it though, you need to read the rest.

Kater Cheek

My kids adore these novels, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I had to read them too. I figured I'd like them. After all, I like middle grade and YA fiction, and cats are cool, and Watership Down was one of my favorite novels of all time. So how could a book about warrior housecats go wrong?

If you're one of those people that hate cilantro, than any salsa with cilantro in it is going to hit your "ick, soapy" button and displease you. This novel hit a lot of my ick buttons. For one, it has a lot of exclamation points in it, which I generally interpret as a crutch for weak writing. Also, Hunter rarely uses "he said" or "she said" preferring instead "meowed, responded, purred, snapped, suggested, answered, called, growled" etc. Also, the names drove me batty. Young cats have -paw as a suffix, leaders have -star as a suffix, and the others have a different suffix. so you have nothing but compound names. Firepaw, Ravenpaw, Brokenstar, Bluestar, Tigerclaw, Lionheart.

Once I'd already had my pet peeves hit,I started looking for reasons to explain why I didn't want to finish it. I think part of it is that the cats don't act like cats. That's probably not fair, because I read Tad Williams' Tailchaser's Song and liked it, but for some reason I wasn't able to suspend my disbelief here. Housecats are not social in the way that dogs, rabbits, deer, wolves, sea lions, and other animals are. To have them forming clans, and caring about such things as group cohesion and honor (honor? Cats?) made them feel more like dogs, or like aliens that I didn't understand. I also don't think that cats cache kills for later. I know for certain that cats have no herblore whatsoever, but I'm a big reader of fantasy, so I'm not sure why I wasn't able to swallow it here.

That's not to say that I don't recommend this book. Both my daughters (ages 8 and 10) adore these books, though the younger one is not a strong reader and prefers the graphic novel version. My niece (9) also adores these novels, as do her friends. So clearly, there's something here they're taking out if it (a story about kitties). They probably also are responding to the tried-and-true plot of "boy from humble origins learns from his elders, grows, and eventually surpasses those who taught him to become the greatest of all." The plotting isn't terrible, and I did care about what happened, I just wasn't willing to wade through the irritating prose to get there. So I cheated. A hundred pages from the end, I gave up and asked my kid what happened. Spoiler alert: nothing you haven't predicted by chapter four.


DNF 28%

I thought this was really bad. Right up there with The Magic Tree House and the Rainbow Fairies in terms of quality. That said, those books have their fans, just like these do, so you might like it, but I didn't. My kids loved it for the first few chapters and then quickly got bored and never wanted to finish it.