When water is scarce, a drop is more precious than gold.
America is controlled by a corporate oligarchy known as the Water Cartel and warrior-priest Joey Hawke finds himself trapped between a mysterious geneticist amassing a clone army and a group of political fanatics convinced that a dead president will rise from his tomb to lead them to salvation.
Caught outside his spiritual haven when the Cartel moves against the Wastelanders, Joey is aided by Bear, an enigmatic weapons runner, a lovesick Scrapwoman, and Bernie Hawke, his estranged father. But against the Cartel’s military strength, led by the power hungry Rex Fielder, Joey’s only hope may be Si-Ting, a young woman with prescient abilities—a woman who not only holds the key to his heart but also to an American conspiracy to crown its future with the withered laurels of the past.
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The Wastelanders is a well-built dystopian adventure. I liked the presentation of futuristic technology as well as all the action. Something about Hemlin's writing style reminded me of James Patterson's early books. The highlighting feature on my e-reader got a workout, as there were so many moments, either in the dialogue or narration, that cracked me up or made me think. As for the story, Hemlin masterfully used shifting viewpoints to uncover and drive the motives of the different groups--the Water Cartel, Rads, Scrapmen, government, and more--who were not only in conflict with one another, but among themselves. These elements alone would have been enough to make for an interesting plot. But there was more, and I was greatly surprised. Hemlin didn't just build a future world with barren lands and interesting technology. He wove supernatural abilities into the storyline. The interplay between the tech and supernatural was fascinating. I greatly enjoyed the game of "who's playing who" and discovering their game pieces. It was... "Marvelous, bloody marvelous."
The Wastelanders by Tim Hemlin weaves together philosophy, mysticism, futurism, politics, and time warps to create a fascinating future world. The creative, intricate details make it real. It’s set in an arid, Dune-like future world, after global warming has devastated the breadbasket of America. The book cover states: “When water is scarce, a drop is more precious than gold.” Bernie Hawke is a trained guard suspected of helping to blow up a water station. His son Joey, who joined a wastelanders group living outside the civilized bubble, is the prime suspect. Joey escapes but Si-Ting, his girlfriend, is detained. Several factions are battling for control of the country. In an interesting twist, Si-Ting becomes mentally powerful and helps shift the balance. There are plots spinning within plots and political/philosophical musings: “By nature people didn’t necessarily want freedom—the illusion of freedom worked just fine.” The characters are unique, memorable, and grow naturally with the story. The writing is very descriptive with nice touches of poetry: “Light tens of thousands of years from the past struck the earth in the form of stars.” The Wasteland is a terrific, very well-written book ideal for anyone who enjoys science fiction. Highly recommended!