Top critical review
Majority of contributing authors have weak understanding of Predator lore.
Reviewed in the United States on May 17, 2018
At 51% right now and probably not going to bother finishing. Most of the stories so far have been a major disappointment. The primary source of this disappointment is the authors fundamental lack of understanding towards the lore. In several of these stories so far, the Predators are depicted as arrogant and dismissive of humans while hunting them. This is exactly counter to established lore. The Yautja ADORE us as prey, we are considered one of the most dangerous species they have found, more so than even the Xenomorph from Alien. (though in a much more specific manner.) To have Yautja characters walking around scoffing at us, and dismissing the stories about how dangerous we are is totally counter to all the lore I have read and watched over the years.
The story on Hardscrabble specifically was hard to read, and the culmination of its story relied upon a Predator having killed the calf of a local dangerous beast to take a trophy from it. They also appear to be waging a scorched earth style hunt, blowing up regions of forests and burning great swathes of fields in pursuit of these dangerous beasts. Again, counter to established lore. Predators value a limited footprint. One of the tenants of their hunts is NOT to leave evidence of their presence. They also value conservation of the environment, and especially the population of the hunted creatures. They would never kill a cub and think of it as a worthy trophy. Another point of irritation from that one; the Preds just ignore plasma rifle strikes as if they cause no damage. The projectile weapons they themselves use are plasma bolt launchers. Its as if the author had no idea what plasma was, just saw it in a lot of sci fi, and slapped the label in front of the word "rifle" anytime it appeared in their script.
There were a handful of decent or even high quality stories in this book so far, but they are far outshadowed by the lazy and bad ones. It really feels as though the authors and editors have a vauge passing knowledge of the established lore, and because of that they have created a mediocre anthology. I really wish I could rate this higher for the sake of those quality stories, but the ocean of garbage you have to wade through to read those few gems is just not worth it. If you have enjoyed the Predators lore throughout the decades, this anthology will likely prove to be disappointing.