Thursday, December 13, 2012

Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

Welcome to the Wasteland. Where all the adults are long gone, and now no one lives past the age of nineteen. Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan’s post-apocalyptic debut is the first of a trilogy in which everyone is forced to live under the looming threat of rampant disease and brutal attacks by the Variants—hermaphroditic outcasts that live on the outskirts of Prin. Esther thinks there’s more to life than toiling at harvesting, gleaning, and excavating, day after day under the relentless sun, just hoping to make it to the next day. But then Caleb, a mysterious stranger, arrives in town, and Esther begins to question who she can trust. As shady pasts unravel into the present and new romances develop, Caleb and Esther realize that they must team together to fight for their lives and for the freedom of Prin.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Jack, age 14

The City of Prin is slowly crumbling apart. It seems that the only person that might be able to save the people of Prin from the Mutants and the inevitable end that awaits them once they turn 17, is Levi--a power hungry teenager that controls a building called the Source. Esther, one of the most unique citizens of Prin, is friends with a Mutant named Skar, and they struggle to overcome their differences, but that becomes almost impossible when Caleb, a boy with an everlasting hatred toward Mutants, shows up in Prin. Will love push its way above the debris of the Wasteland or will all hope for Esther be crushed? Once I picked this up, I couldn't put it down. It really draws you into the world, as if your experiencing this futuristic dystopia yourself. Wasteland is a thrilling novel with twists and turns around every crumbling corner, romance in unexpected places, and cliffhangers that are sure to have you begging for more.

This book hits shelves March of 2013! 

Happy reading!
Jack, age 14

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