Powerful and uplifting, Strange Lands cleverly takes you away from Earth to a planet where the mysteries are as strange as the darkest shadows. In order for Allan to get home, he must fight the foulest creature. Millions of lives hang in the balance, but so does Allan's. Can he survive and rise to be a hero?
This adventure is so thrilling and unlike anything you’ve ever read, you’ll be hooked until the last page. Follow Allan's path of self discovery, and watch him take back what he's lost. Strange Lands is a spine tingling adventure, with exciting twists & turns. A perfect and inspiring read for 10 and up.
Book 2 available August 2016
REVIEWS (previously published as Surviving the Improbable Quest)
“When Lan Darr needs a hero, someone to rid their world of the monster Jibbawk, an unlikely child amid all the creatures of the land must step up to the challenge. If Atlas’s descriptions of the creatures Allan meets in Lan Darr don’t leap off the page as if you’re meeting them yourself, then his dazzling illustrations throughout the novel certainly will. Indeed, it’s difficult to know which talent to admire more: the writing or the artwork. Ultimately, Strange Lands is a fantasy tour de force, a harrowing Alice in Wonderland. ” ~Michael Frissore of Sonoran Arts Network
Allan and Rubic are marvelous characters, and Atlas' plot is well-crafted, original and imaginative. I'm looking forward to the next Allan Westerfield adventure. Allan Westerfield Off-World: Allan Westerfield Series, Book 1 is highly recommended" Readers Favorite.
"This book easily received 5 stars from me. I have read a lot of survival stories and science-fiction, and this is by far one of the best because of originality. This was the first book I’ve read where the main character – Allan Westerfield – is a paraplegic teen .I was on the edge of my seat as Allan works his way through figuring out this new adventure he has encountered. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but my favorite part was when Allan met the “balloon-like creature.” Reviewed by Jori at Kissed by Literature
"Allan Westerfield is riveting and an extraordinary tale of courage and adventure. The chapters flow easily from one to another, creating a nice narrative that is gripping from start to finish. I also have to comment Atlas’ command of the language because he was able to paint a very vivid world" Review by Victoria at Book Beast
About the Author
Anderson Atlas is an author and illustrator that lives in the hot Sonoran Desert among scaled survivors, steely eye hawks and majestic saguaros. He's inspired by crowded malls, streams hidden by massive boulders, patches of moss, charred forests, and distant mountain ranges. Sharing his art means letting ideas flow through his fingers onto the keyboard or paint brush. To date, he's written 4 books and illustrated a handful more, and he's only begun to speak.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Allan Westerfield’s day goes from bad to worse when the principal tells him that his math score disqualifies him from competing in the state swim meet but if Allan wins he will not say anything. Then Allan wins the swim meet yet his math teacher explains how he can’t compete and Allan is disqualified. On the way home, Allan’s parents are clearly upset with him. They are arguing when they are in a car accident. Allan wakes up to learn that his parents died in the accident and he is now a paraplegic. Allan is resentful of the situation and refuses to talk to anyone, even his uncle Rubic his caregiver. Rubic is trying his best but it’s clear that both need a break so he sets up a fishing trip for Allan and himself. But a sudden flood has the trip taking a dangerous turn and it is up to Allan to get help for his trapped uncle. But on the way Allan notices strange creatures and finds himself about to be a slave and completing a quest. I really enjoyed this story. Allan just wants to have an adventure and is not ready to apply himself to school. Then when he loses his parents you can completely understand how he is resentful about the whole situation. He really needed the retreat and the subsequent adventure to kick him in gear. I loved watching him grow stronger as the story went on. Although Allan was difficult at the start I can to care for him at the end. This is a great story and the first in a series. I can’t wait to see what Anderson Atlas come up with next. I received Strange Lands from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
The book is beautiful!