The Challenger

The Challenger

The stakes are higher than ever in The Challenger, the second book in the Contender YA trilogy by the New York Times bestselling author of the Summoner series, Taran Matharu. The first battle is over, but the Game is just beginning... Cade Carter and his friends have survived the qualifying round of the mysterious overlords' twisted games, decimated by the loss of so many of The stakes are higher than ever in The Challenger, the second book in the Contender YA trilogy by the New Yo...

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Title:The Challenger
Author:Taran Matharu
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Challenger
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Challenger Reviews

  • Lauren loves llamas
    Aug 05, 2020
    Content warnings: (view spoiler)[slavery, death and gladiatorial-style fighting and injuries, grief (hide spoiler)] This series is straight-forward history-geek action adventure, and I am all here for it. This is the second book in a series, and I wouldn?t recommend reading it be...
  • Dreximgirl
    Aug 13, 2020
    I didnt love this as much as the first one. I think it struggled a bit being the middle book. The characters were still good and some of the new ones were amazing but the plot was a bit messy and too much time spent in one area and not enough in others. Also that ending was a massive c...
  • Jenny (Bookbookowl)
    May 12, 2020
    Thank you so much to Hachette Australia for sending me a copy of Contender: The Challenger, in exchange for an honest review! ***As The Challenger is book 2 in the series, there may be spoilers for book 1, The Chosen, in my review!*** There are some things I am all the way th...
  • Beth Mendelsohn
    Jun 20, 2020
    Thank you to NetGalley and McMillan Children?s Publishing Group for this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. I was sooo excited to see this sequel pop up on NetGalley! I really enjoyed the first book. The Challenger picks up shortly after the events of...
  • Silviano
    Oct 05, 2020
    Taran Matharu has put in so much work into his books and it shows. All of the historical data is so expertly mixed with the narrative being told. I am glad to have picked up his books because this novel is quite the ride. I went into this expecting one thing and was completely caugh...
  • Fredrick Danysh
    Nov 07, 2020
    A gripping tale of a band of teenagers from different eras and countries forced to fight monsters in alternative universe. The prize is the fate of earth itself. Throw in gladiators and slavers and you have an interesting read despite a few typos. This was a free review copy through Go...
  • Dianne
    Jun 26, 2020
    Fierce battles to the death for entertainment, teens forced to kill or be killed and it all takes place on a strange new world where monsters really do live and survival is paramount. THE CHALLENGER by Taran Matharu continues his Contender Trilogy and book two shines like a beacon of Y...
  • Ricky
    Nov 28, 2020
    Taran Matharu's back with the second book of his second trilogy - well, that's a bit misleading since Summoner has a full-length prequel and all, and who knows if he'll follow up this series with a prequel novel as well? For now, though, we're continuing to explore,...
  • Amanda Bartoszek
    Sep 22, 2020
    Oh my word, I just devoured this book in a couple of days. I was totally engrossed from beginning to end. Reading these books, you can see just how much research Taran Matharu has put into this. There is so much knowledge of so many eras, primarily with the dinosaurs and the Roman e...
  • L G Mosher
    Oct 02, 2020
    Have I mentioned how much I love Taran Matharu's work? Truly I love it. BUT... His writing can be slow going at times, but it is ALWAYS worth it. He doesn't usually disappoint. They're strong and entertaining..... But the delivery can be slow at times. If you ...
  • donna
    Aug 03, 2020
    Thank you for MacMillan the free arc via edelweiss. I really enjoyed this book. Think of a cross between The Hunger Games and The Maze. There were so many distractions in the book I did not think we were really going to get to the main objective, but we did. Excited to see what happens...
  • Adah Udechukwu
    Aug 16, 2020
    The Challenger is a fast-paced and awesome sequel. ...
  • Atlas
    Dec 01, 2020
    * * * 3 / 5 Eh. It was okay. I think my main problem with this is series is that the concept is just ... weird? Weird alien god type things pitting different worlds against each other where the god thing for Earth just plucks people out from different timelines and just, I don&a...
  • Karen Barber
    May 18, 2020
    Talk about leaving you hanging! A frustrating (yet fitting) end to a cracking story. Picking up not long after the events of Book One, Cade learns that he is to act as the representative in a much bigger battle. It?s a threat he is ill-equipped to deal with, so the priority for the ...
  • Joe Boenzi
    Oct 15, 2020
    In this second volume of the trilogy "Contender", author Taran Matharu re-presents the teens and young adults that fought against almost impossible odds to survive in the first volume of the trilogy. The main character is Cade, whom we met at the beginning of the story: a tee...
  • Paige Green
    Jun 06, 2020
    Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: The Challenger Author: Taran Matharu Book Series: Contender book 2 Diversity: Middle Eastern main character and deaf/hard of hearing side character Rating: 5/5 Recommended For...:...
  • Chad
    May 04, 2020
    I received an advanced digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Challenger is the second book in Matharu's The Contender series and it does not disappoint. Cade finds his precarious situation quickly becoming even more tenuous, The challeng...
  • CR
    May 23, 2020
    This book picked up after book one and man I could not put it down. I loved the story and this authors stories never disappoint. This book was wonderful from the characters to the fast-paced plot. I love how the demons are incorporated in the story and I think that if you are a fan of ...
  • ✨Brithanie Faith✨
    Jul 29, 2020
    5/5 stars ????? ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. As much as I loved book one in the Contender trilogy, book two was even better- and that's not something that I get to say often! You're not being lied to when people say that the...
  • pinky
    Oct 20, 2020
    I have always loved Taran matharu?s books. This series was the second on my list because it has our history in it. The polish Kings armor, the spoken Latin (which isn?t a language anymore but some speak it through Europe. Even in our schools), the girls are from Europe anyhow. ...
  • KB
    Aug 20, 2020
    The Challenger is the fast-paced, action-packed sequel to The Chosen. Dinosaurs. Gladiators. Aliens. What's not to love? The Challenger begins shortly after where The Chosen left off. With a few less contenders to fight for Earth's survival, Cade and the remainder of hi...
  • Megan
    Nov 17, 2020
    Oh my gosh! It was an amazing sequel. I really love Cade and his friends. I am surprised at how quickly the last fight was. I was expecting it to be this whole thing but instead, it was super short. The big fight was the one with his friends. For a second, I didn?t even know if we wo...
  • Aoife
    May 24, 2020
    Trapped on an alien world, Cade and his friends have been waiting for the next round of the life or death Contest to begin. When they leave their safe haven to train for it, their paths diverge wildly... I'll be honest; I went into this expecting more of what we had in the firs...
  • Mara
    Aug 26, 2020
    4/5 stars While the series still does not live up to the love I had for Matharu's other series, I found this book much more enjoyable. The plot started much sooner and the cast of characters was kept limited, which made me somewhat attached to them. Not an awful lot, but more s...
  • Curtis Grove
    Sep 12, 2020
    I didn?t enjoy this quite as much as the first book, since it felt a little rushed - the writing felt a little... stilted? and the story didn?t progress as much as I?d have liked it to (and the ending also felt pretty rushed), and I preferred the dual timeline in book 1, with Cad...
  • Susan
    Aug 15, 2020
    Look. Of all the books? This is one where the MC (Cade) should not have ever asked or thought- "What fresh horror could they have prepared?" But he did. And I screamed- NO DON'T ASK THAT. And Taran Matharu cackled. And I thought... DAMN IT, CADE. link: Full Revie...
  • Craig Harrison
    Nov 11, 2020
    #spoiler free review. Review copy of the book read, many thanks -Hodder and Stoughton! I wasn't sure what to expect when I started with this series - teens transported to a different world or life with a survival aspect is pretty common place and it's nice to see Taran ...
  • Victoria Alyesa
    Oct 01, 2020
    Like the first it was a good story and an interesting concept that was developed even further, but although alot happened...I felt like it was not even half the way there. It felt like a quarter of a book. If it had been classed as a middle grae book I would have said different; the pl...
  • Anais (atrailofpages)
    May 21, 2020
    I received this ARC from a giveaway I won on Goodreads. Thanks to the publisher for sending me this book! This is more of a 3.5 star rating for me. I would say I enjoyed it more than the first. Mostly because the kids didn?t bother me as much as the first one. They kind of irrita...
  • Bo0kSLoth
    Jul 12, 2020
    Get ready for more action, thrilling entertainment and a return to this strange, wonderful world. Monsters and survival is paramount for Cade and his group. They will encounter loss and so much more. There is a lot going on in this book and it has much to offer. There are times will ...