Feral Pride

304p. (Feral: Bk. 3). Candlewick. Feb. 2015. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780763659110. LC 2014944625.
Gr 9 Up—Austin, TX, is the venue for the final battle between those fighting for humanity and free-will and those plotting world domination. A creature claiming to be a weresnake has taken the state governor hostage claiming that werebeasts are the superior species and need to take their rightful place. To capitalize on the already existing fear and mistrust of werebeasts, an incriminating video depicting a werecat's transformation is made viral. A secret police force now threatens the species with a serum to control shifting and behavior. Fighting back is an unlikely group of allies consisting of a werecats, a werepossum/lion hybrid, a geek/goth human, a vampire with a soul, a guardian angel, and others working to set things right. Smith once again weaves an action-packed plotline with campy alternating narration by Clyde, Aimee, Kayla, and Yoshi, all while dealing with the complex themes of acceptance, tolerance, freedom, and self-esteem. All this is done in a nonpreachy style to which readers can easily relate. A successful conclusion to a thought-provoking series.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
After a viral video outs werecat Kayla, she and her friends flee the Federal Humanity Protection Unit. And that's just the beginning of this funny, fast-paced urban fantasy: subplots involve greedy yetis and a governor kidnapped by a (supposed) weresnake. It all sounds wacky--and it is--but Smith keeps the threads taut in this conclusion to both the Feral trilogy and companion series Tantalize.

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