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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.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

Paperback, 320 pages
Published on March 17, 2015 by HarperCollins
ISBN-10: 0062366963
ISBN-13: 9780062366962
490 Book Reviews
  • weirdisgood2023
    weirdisgood202326 days33 starsFeatured
    So I recently decided to go back in time and read some of the books that used to be my favorites. And what better way to do that than to reread the Warriors series, which I was OBSESSED with not too long ago? I don’t read middle grade fiction anymore, but this is Warriors: Into the Wild, the most epic, interesting book ever written…that somehow got a rating of 3 stars from me?!?!? Is this a dream? *pinches self* Ow! Never mind. I know this is a HUGE change from the 5 star rating that I gave this book around 2-3 years ago, but my opinion has changed drastically. So what made me give what used to be one of my favorite books such a low rating? The characters. They are boring and seem like carbon copies of each other. (How did I never notice this?) Firepaw, the main character, thinks and does a lot of things for seemingly no reason. For example: at the beginning of the book, he is sick of being a house cat and wants to roam the wilderness, but why? What is the reason for this feeling? That question is never answered. There are many other instances like this in the book. Also, Firepaw is SO BLAND. His train of thought basically goes like this: The Clans of cats who live in the wild are so cool! I should join them! But I’m just a poor little kittypet (house cat). How will I ever fit in with these wild cats? Oh, I can train to hunt and fight and become as cool as them! But I’m still just a poor little kittypet…oh never mind, here’s a chance to prove myself! Yay, I passed a test or rescued another cat or something and everyone loves me! I’m awesome! Firepaw is a stereotypical Gary Stu—he is eager to please and oh-so-perfect, with no real flaws. The other characters in Warriors: Into the Wild were just as bad as Firepaw. All the ThunderClan cats (with the exceptions of Bluestar, Tigerclaw, and Yellowfang) are so similar to each other. They don’t have individual personalities; they’re all annoyingly loyal, strong…and made me want to fall asleep. Would it kill you to give the side characters some substance and personality, Erin Hunter? But the character I hated the most (besides Firepaw) was definitely Tigerclaw. He’s such a generic, boring villain! He has no interesting backstory, no motives for his evilness (yes, I know there’s a Warriors novella from his perspective, but I wish Hunter had included more of his character development in this book). The book definitely would’ve been more interesting if Tigerclaw’s childhood or backstory was included. However, there were two characters that I actually liked. Bluestar seems very mysterious and kind of sad, which I thought was interesting. Maybe it’s something that will be explored in the later books in this series. (Wait, why am I acting like I haven’t read the entire series and all 75 or 80 of the Warriors books?) Anyway, Yellowfang was another awesome character. She’s so grumpy yet lovable, I love her attitude. She makes me think of a Grumpy Cat meme. Wow, how did I write this much about the characters? I am the QUEEN of long, rambling reviews. In conclusion, I may not have liked most of the characters in Warriors: Into the Wild, but I had to give it 3 stars because 1) it’s WARRIORS, and 2) after rereading this book, I found a picture of Yellowfang and Photoshopped it onto a Grumpy Cat meme. It was PRICELESS.
    • teawantcookies
      teawantcookies4 months55 stars
      I love this book!! It's amazing!! This book is about a housecat named Rusty, who was very curious about the wild. One day, he stepped into the wild....
      • burro24
        burro249 months55 stars
        Such a good book reminds me of the indians and how they lived but with animals whenever iḿ in our woods I look forward to looking for cats to see if there n clans
        • foreverregancorn
          foreverregancorn10 months55 stars
          I love this book so far. Erin Hunter is an amazing author. I an also reading survivors and seekers. THESE ARE SOOOOOO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        • avarina
          avarina11 months55 stars
          The first book in the series, Into the Wild by Erin Hunter, is Rusty's , aka Firepaw, Fireheart, apprentice journey to become a warrior. After he is accepted into ThunderClan, Firepaw must prove himself and show the clan he is worthy to become a warrior and is more than just a kittypet.
          • masteremilycool
            masteremilycool11 months55 stars
            I have to say, Warriors is definitely one of the best book series ever! I've read most of the books and I'm so excited for the new book River a Starless Clan coming in april
            • tawnypaw
              tawnypaw11 months55 stars
              Oh I LOVE this series I read as many as I can in my school library, I mean like, even my username is one of them. I learned about this 1 in book 5 (I cant find 3 or 4). Tawnypaw :)
              • abigaililikea
                abigaililikea11 months
                I love this series! Sadly, haven’t read this one yet
                • sk8r_girl_liana
                  sk8r_girl_liana11 months44 stars
                  This is the book that started it all for me. This was the first big book series I'd ever read. It's SO good, and it continuously gives you cattastic action. Happy Reading!!
                  • ravenwing
                    ravenwing12 months55 stars
                    I have finished the site and can't find the next book anywhere which is very painful so... And is certainly10:30 because I'm reading ha but Erin you've done just a wonderful job with this series so thank you!