The Arrivals

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The Wasteland is a world beyond our own. It is a rough and ragged landscape under a two-moon sky, inhabited by monsters and creatures that could almost pass for human. Into this alternate world unwitting people are brought, from both past and present, for reasons none of them know.

Chloe Mattison goes to sleep, drunk and heartbroken, in Washington, D.C., and wakes up in the Wasteland. Chloe is welcomed by Jack and Kitty, brother and sister from a Wild West frontier town. "You're...

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Overview

The Wasteland is a world beyond our own. It is a rough and ragged landscape under a two-moon sky, inhabited by monsters and creatures that could almost pass for human. Into this alternate world unwitting people are brought, from both past and present, for reasons none of them know.

Chloe Mattison goes to sleep, drunk and heartbroken, in Washington, D.C., and wakes up in the Wasteland. Chloe is welcomed by Jack and Kitty, brother and sister from a Wild West frontier town. "You're one of us," they tell her, yet neither Jack nor Kitty, nor any of their companions, know why they were chosen.

Two questions loom large in all of their minds: Why are we here? Is there a way out of this corrupt, demon-filled world? Equal parts The Matrix and The Wizard of Oz, The Arrivals is a page-turning adventure set in a world you will not soon forget.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
One by one, several “criminals and cutthroats” are pulled from our world into the Wasteland, a mysterious universe that resembles the American Wild West. They have nothing in common except a murderous past, but they band together to battle an avaricious bad guy who exploits the local populace and tries to recruit new arrivals into his band of thugs. YA author Marr (the Wicked Lovely novels) has come up with an intriguing premise, but she never fleshes it out, making this more a promising outline than a novel. Assorted monsters and villains are scattered around, including sort-of vampires called “bloedzuigers,” kind-of dragons called “lindwurms,” and a shadowy group of “trigger-happy monks” whose role in the narrative is never clarified. Cowboy Jack and his sister, Kitty, are interesting leads, but the other characters never spring to life. Readers hoping for a Western spin on Riverworld will be sorely disappointed. (July)
Ben H. Winters
“THE ARRIVALS is wicked, weird, and fun; Marr’s imaginary world feels vividly, almost unsettlingly, real.”
USA Today
“You’ll want to definitely saddle up for this one.”
Washington Post
“Original and quirky, it’s a fun summer read.”
Locus
“Marr imbues [The Wasteland] with an unconventional spirit that makes everyone—displaced humans, demons, deluded villain, scary critters (some bound to their own elaborate codes of ethics), and frustrated locals—vivid and surprising.”
Kirkus Reviews
In this novel, Marr's alternative universe is the Wastelands, a place inhabitants believe is probably somewhere between life and death, where the forces of good are rapidly losing their struggle against the forces of evil. The last thing Chloe remembers is falling off the wagon. Now, she's waking up in a strange land that is so full of weirdness she's thinking just maybe she's hallucinating. The people here are varied: Kitty, the former saloon girl who can both fight and cast spells; Kitty's handsome, tough older brother, Jack, the leader of a small band of decent but flawed people who are resisting the temptation to give in to evil; Edgar, a former rumrunner from the Prohibition era who loves Kitty but understands she can't be boxed in; the strange and seemingly ditzy Melody, who is straight out of the 1950s; and Francis, a man who has done every drug imaginable and has ended up stranded, like everyone else, in the Wastelands. Chloe is the newest of the Arrivals, which is what newbies are called. Each time someone in the Wastelands dies, another one appears to take his or her place. Except, of course, when that person comes back to life, which is what happens some of the time. If an Arrival stays dead after six days, then they've moved on. Where, no one knows, but Jack sure hopes it's a better place, and, face it, just about anything is better than the Wastelands, an unforgiving countryside where strange animals roam and the people who band together to serve the evil Ajani are out to destroy or convert the Arrivals. Now, Jack and the other Arrivals have formed an allegiance with a creature known as Garuda to kill Ajani and make the Wastelands safe. But they find the final battle they face holds no easy answers. Marr creates an absorbing world that draws in readers, but the ending feels rushed and tacked onto what is otherwise an engrossing tale.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061826962
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Pages: 278
  • Sales rank: 713,352
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Marr

Melissa Marr is the author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely series as well as the adult fantasy novels Graveminder and The Arrivals. When not writing, editing, or traveling, Melissa is buried under a plethora of books, dogs, and children in Virginia or online at www.melissa-marr.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    The idea sounded intriguing, people from different pasts and dif

    The idea sounded intriguing, people from different pasts and different times are brought to this place called the wasteland. However we never actually learn anything, nothing about  why they're there. 
    This mysterious woman mentioned in the book jacket you would think has some sort of main part to play in the plot line; wrong. She shows up, is about as confused as the reader and then story ends.    
    The antagonist is less than adequately developed and has as much depth as a shallow pool, there's no motive for what he does nor is there really any reason for the people being in the wasteland. If she were to write 
    another book an make a series of this i would be inclined to buy it in the hopes that she tells us something about this world she created. The book was a quick read and the idea was refreshing, however the plot itself was 
    flat, confusing, and ended abruptly.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Incredible

    A story like np other. There is no guessing an outcome om this one. You are transported to another world and time. The story keeps you on the edge and you have no idea where it will lead.

    I am an avid reader and this book is an absolute treasure.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2013

    Would Be 4 Stars If Not for Too Many Unanswered Questions!

    Need more, more and more! Great book. Loved the book but it ended with too much missing background and too many unanswered questions. I will assume there may be a sequel, but you know what that means.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    ?

    Where is the synopsis? Love Melissa Marr but I like to know a liitle about a book before I buy it.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    I wonder...

    I wonder what it is about? It is 2:28 right now. AM

    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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