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Wasteland

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3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

   This got off to a bit of a rocky start with me. I really like

   This got off to a bit of a rocky start with me. I really liked that Ester was different, and seeing her friendship with Skar made me know that she didn't just blindly follow orders. She had a friend from the "enemy camp" according to her village. I liked he...
   This got off to a bit of a rocky start with me. I really liked that Ester was different, and seeing her friendship with Skar made me know that she didn't just blindly follow orders. She had a friend from the "enemy camp" according to her village. I liked her point of view, even while in the third person, I got a good feel for her, and that she really had a good heart. 
   But when it switched to the other villagers, I kinda lost a little steam. I can see why it would be important to get other views, but it just didn't work well in my opinion. Maybe if it would've focused on one other person instead of groups. I did get used to it, but I like the places where it was Ester or Caleb's point of view. 
   I was intrigued at Levi and his ingenuity, working out the trade system, and I wanted to see what his heart really was like when Sarah, Ester's sister went to see him. Levi set up a place that stockpiled water, supplies and such, and the villagers of Prin traded fuel for these things. That is one of the main jobs in Prin, is to go out and search for gas. And while out searching, there is the danger of running into the Variants, like Skar. I was curious at their motivations for the attacks, because they usually went after buildings, although they would hurt humans that got in their way. Which is another reason I was curious about the friendship between Ester and Skar. Skar teaches her their ways, like how to climb and move about. But Ester didn't seem to know at first why they were attacking, or if so, we as readers didn't know that. 
     I didn't know who to trust, and what was going to happen next. There were a few things that were revealed and I couldn't believe it, but I could all at the same time. 
    I liked Caleb. When he entered, I couldn't wait to see how he and Ester interacted, and how their relationship would form, and most of all what Caleb's mysteries and shady past would bring to the story. His story really broke my heart, and everything he did made me admire him even more. 
    The world building was decent, and they depicted quite a dangerous and grim world. Most die before 19, 3 out of 4 babies die before 3 months of age, the rain causes you to get deathly ill and when that happens you are Shunned-sent away from the community to die. The pacing was pretty good, despite my dislike of the pov that wasn't Caleb or Ester. I thought it was neat using a lot of biblical names and then incorporating the gleaning, harvesting words used in Ruth and the old testament. Don't get me wrong, this is NOT a religious book, but I just found tidbit interesting. 
    There are still a few questions that I want to know, and I of course want to see more of Caleb and Ester's relationship so I will most likely pick up the next books when they come out. 
    The ending and some of the twists are enough to break your heart. Wasteland is action packed, but it also features a lot of character growth and emotion. 
Bottom Line: Well written dark world with surprising twists at every turn.

posted by BlkosinerBookBlog on April 10, 2013

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21 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

I wanted so much to like this book but it just wasn¿t to be. Wa


I wanted so much to like this book but it just wasn’t to be. Wasteland turned out to be something of a wasteland itself.

Most of the characters are rather flat and that probably explains why I felt this reads like a graphic novel without the pictures. Esther is 15 but...

I wanted so much to like this book but it just wasn’t to be. Wasteland turned out to be something of a wasteland itself.

Most of the characters are rather flat and that probably explains why I felt this reads like a graphic novel without the pictures. Esther is 15 but still has very childish ways and emotions even though, in a society in which death comes at 19, you would expect 15-year-olds to be much more mature. When her sister begs her not to leave a worksite because she could be thrown out of the community, she doesn’t care how her behavior is affecting Sarah. She also doesn’t question why the variants have been attacking Prin. Esther is altogether lazy—she doesn’t even bother to learn how to fix a meal, leaving that task to her sister— and amazingly ungrateful, not to mention incredibly naive.

Skar, on the other hand, is an empathetic character. She is a variant (while humans are called norms) and she and her family live on the “outside”, not welcome in town. That town is run by Rafe, a mean lout, but the reality is that everything is controlled by the clever, intelligent, supremely psychotic Levi. Then there’s Caleb, whose partner was murdered and his child kidnapped. His search has brought him to Prin and he finds a lot more than he ever expected or hoped, including the dreaded (by me) insta-love. Esther and Caleb fall too hard for each other too soon, especially Esther who has never felt anything towards boys but is suddenly madly in love.

Worldbuilding is thin and leaves far too many questions unanswered: what happened and when, when is this, why does everyone die at 19, what is the disease with lesions and how did it start, how did the variants come to be, why is the sun too hot for exposure, how could they still be using gasoline unless “it” wasn’t all that long ago in which case why are there no adults, why is there no learning to farm or hunt, why is everyone monogamous, why are the variants hermaphroditic and why mention it since it doesn’t seem to make any difference in the story, how did a 12-year-old gain such power? Levi muses that “he had found drinkable water in Prin where none had existed for decades” so why would anyone have stayed there plus he’s only been handing out bottled water for 6 years at the most so where did the townspeople get water for all those decades? Most importantly, there are only 5 or 6 pregnancies a year and only one baby, at most, survives to 3 months old but it has supposedly been decades since whatever it was happened and everyone dies at 19 so how is there any population left at all? A good dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel will leave the reader with questions at the end but not this many by a long shot.

Wasteland is not the usual dystopian as the town is controlled only by one person rather than a ruling class or government. That difference is a nice touch and I’m sure the authors will make more of that in future volumes. Unfortunately, as you can tell, there is a lot I don’t care for in Wasteland so I doubt I’ll be finding out what happens in those later entries.

posted by BuriedUnderBooks on May 16, 2013

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  • Posted April 10, 2013

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       This got off to a bit of a rocky start with me. I really like

       This got off to a bit of a rocky start with me. I really liked that Ester was different, and seeing her friendship with Skar made me know that she didn't just blindly follow orders. She had a friend from the "enemy camp" according to her village. I liked her point of view, even while in the third person, I got a good feel for her, and that she really had a good heart. 
       But when it switched to the other villagers, I kinda lost a little steam. I can see why it would be important to get other views, but it just didn't work well in my opinion. Maybe if it would've focused on one other person instead of groups. I did get used to it, but I like the places where it was Ester or Caleb's point of view. 
       I was intrigued at Levi and his ingenuity, working out the trade system, and I wanted to see what his heart really was like when Sarah, Ester's sister went to see him. Levi set up a place that stockpiled water, supplies and such, and the villagers of Prin traded fuel for these things. That is one of the main jobs in Prin, is to go out and search for gas. And while out searching, there is the danger of running into the Variants, like Skar. I was curious at their motivations for the attacks, because they usually went after buildings, although they would hurt humans that got in their way. Which is another reason I was curious about the friendship between Ester and Skar. Skar teaches her their ways, like how to climb and move about. But Ester didn't seem to know at first why they were attacking, or if so, we as readers didn't know that. 
         I didn't know who to trust, and what was going to happen next. There were a few things that were revealed and I couldn't believe it, but I could all at the same time. 
        I liked Caleb. When he entered, I couldn't wait to see how he and Ester interacted, and how their relationship would form, and most of all what Caleb's mysteries and shady past would bring to the story. His story really broke my heart, and everything he did made me admire him even more. 
        The world building was decent, and they depicted quite a dangerous and grim world. Most die before 19, 3 out of 4 babies die before 3 months of age, the rain causes you to get deathly ill and when that happens you are Shunned-sent away from the community to die. The pacing was pretty good, despite my dislike of the pov that wasn't Caleb or Ester. I thought it was neat using a lot of biblical names and then incorporating the gleaning, harvesting words used in Ruth and the old testament. Don't get me wrong, this is NOT a religious book, but I just found tidbit interesting. 
        There are still a few questions that I want to know, and I of course want to see more of Caleb and Ester's relationship so I will most likely pick up the next books when they come out. 
        The ending and some of the twists are enough to break your heart. Wasteland is action packed, but it also features a lot of character growth and emotion. 
    Bottom Line: Well written dark world with surprising twists at every turn.

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Thank you

    Thank you for the free book b and n . But i do not care for it some may like it but for me it is just did not make me want read it after about 60 pages in.

    2 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2014

    Nice

    I loved this book, I like the realism of what could happen in our future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Good read

    An original plotline with charecters that actually have some personality

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  • Posted January 18, 2014

    It was a very interesting book--in the sci-fi, futuristic style that so many books I see and read these days.

    It was an easy, enjoyable read. Nothing out of the ordinary. I would recommend it. Not a pulitzer prize novel but worthy of any reader, especially the young science fiction buff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    Interesting and well written.

    A wake-up call of what will happen if we don't start taking care of our planet. This book demonstrates how people can be influenced by others and how greedy and controlling some people are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Interesting Read

    This story is quite like "Lord of the Flies." So if you liked that classic, you will like Wasteland. A very young bunch of people in a desolate town trying to survive the elements and the harsh treatment of a self-proclaimed leader. Racial bigotry enters the story line with tension between hte so-called normal people and the vaarients (mutants). I found it difficult to read the story in big chunks, but on balance it was well worth the time spent reading it.

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  • Posted December 13, 2013

    Recommended

    interesting story line makes you think about what things could be like in future

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Good, easy read

    This easy to read Teen fiction had me rooting for Esther from the first chapter. Actually hoping to see a sequel.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Pretty good

    Not as good as The Hunger Games, but I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Very good dystopian story

    Very enjoyable, fast paced story. I would recommend this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    An okay read

    If the book has any shortocming, it's that it "hippity hops" too much, leaving the reader to "guess" where the plot has landed after jumping away from the story line. Like most sci-fi publications, it's a bit far-fetched, quite unbelieveable, yet somewhat entertaining. It's an enjoyable read ... but not one that will create a lot of conversation, even in the sci-fi discussion groups.

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  • Posted November 18, 2013

    This book started off a little different for me but after I got

    This book started off a little different for me but after I got into it I thought that it was ok. I did like the characters especially Esther and I finally got into it. I am glad I read it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2013

    prin

    Interesting story.very different in content. Enjoyable.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    I Don't Agree With Negative Reviews

    This was a "Free Fridays" book and I was skeptical when I read all the negative reviews but I like to form my own opinions. I'm glad I did; I liked it! I thought it was well written and it held my interest. I don't read lengthy reviews because,often, they're plot spoilers. I say, give this book a chance!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2013

    Anonymous

    I enjoyed reading.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Well paced story with lots of action

    Would be a good movie

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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