Wilders

Wilders

by Brenda Cooper

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ISBN-13: 9781633882652
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 06/13/2017
Series: Project Earth Series , #1
Pages: 367
Sales rank: 595,582
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Brenda Cooper is the author of Edge of Dark and Spear of Light, Books One and Two of The Glittering Edge series; The Creative Fire and The Diamond Deep, Books One and Two of Ruby's Song; and the The Silver Ship series. Her most recent short-story collection is Cracking the Sky. She is also the author of Mayan December and has collaborated with Larry Niven (Building Harlequin's Moon). Cooper is a working futurist and a technology professional with a passionate interest in the environment.

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Wilders 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Candace-LoveyDoveyBooks 11 months ago
Brenda Cooper is one of those authors whose books you immediately pick up, maybe before even reading the blurb. Wilders, first in the Project Earth series, is a prime example of her ability to create vast worlds with environmental, futuristic, and dystopian appeal. The dynamic between the characters and the world they live in is intriguing and pulls you in as the dangers they face are revealed. With robot companion in tow, Coryn Williams leaves the protection of domed Seacouver to reunite with her older sister, Lou. Lou works on the Outside on a rewilding crew, but her messages home convince Coryn that Outside is her next logical choice after graduation. Her travels opens her eyes to the truth of Outside and the factions moving to attack the city. The issues unveiled in the story show the complexity of the world readers will step into. I thought it interesting that the people Coryn meets try to keep her in the dark about what they're planning or why they're trying to force change because Coryn proves to be in a unique position to help. Her experience and tenacity drew me in to see what role she would play in the end. I enjoyed Coryn's character. She's sassy, smart, and not afraid to speak her mind or stand up for herself. She has the unique ability to connect with many different people and along the way befriends a variety of interesting characters. Coryn didn't really find her voice until closer to the end of the story, but her initial naivety helps readers get to know the true state of her world right along with her. Coryn's journey allows readers to experience the natural and technological side of her world. With steady pacing and an underlying sense of impending change, Wilder's delivers a complex plot that you won't be able to pull away from until you've reached the end of the adventure! I can't wait to see what's on the horizon for Coryn and her friends in the next book, Keepers! *Review copy provided in consideration for review*
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Wilders by Brenda Cooper is a highly recommended coming-of-age dystopian science fiction novel. In the near future cities have expanded to megacities that take care of most of the populations every need. The land outside the cities is set aside for wilding, or returning it to a natural state, sans humans with the exception of those hired in the capacity to assist returning nature to a natural balance. Coryn Williams and her sister Lou grew up in Seacouver, a merging of Seattle and Vancouver. After their parents' suicides, Lou was hired to join a rewilding crew and left the city. She left Coryn behind at an orphanage, occasional sending her bland emails about the beauty she sees in the wild. Once Coryn becomes of age, she chooses to leave the city with Paula, her companion robot, to look for her sister. Outside the city's dome, the world is much different and more treacherous than Lou let on. Coryn is in almost constant peril of being harmed, robbed, and having Paula stolen from her. Even the weather, uncontrolled outside the city dome, is dangerous and unpredictable. While it seems that most people outside can't be trusted, Coryn manages to press on, meets a few people who may be friends, and she eventually does find Lou; but everything Lou wrote about outside to Coryn doesn't seem to reflect the reality of the life Lou is living. There is also some risky plan and private agenda between Lou and some people Coryn knows are evil. The only problem is that no one, not even Lou, trusts her enough to tell her what is going on. This is the first book in a future series. Admittedly, I enjoyed Wilders considerably, although it felt like it was a whole lot longer than 367 pages while I was reading it. Part of the issue is that even though the plot has interesting little scenes or hooks in it to propel you forward with bursts of speed, the action is rather slow moving. Once you keep reading, not all the interesting bits are fully explained and the world building is a little lacking. You need to set aside certain expectations and roll with the narrative in this case. The story flows smoothly, and we reach a conclusion of sorts, but obviously more books in the series will mean more information about the city, etc. Coryn is an interesting character and there are several other interesting characters along the way. Now, we don't get to know too much about any of them, except Coryn, but I'd imagine future books will flesh out people more completely. Wilders reads like a YA title and would be highly suitable for that audience. This is a nice start to a new series. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Pyr Books.