Tuesday, March 26

Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan
Release Date: March 26, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 352

Summary: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.

My Thoughts: I wasn’t real sure when I started this one. I wasn’t sure I would like it or hate it, I’ve heard numerous things about it. It was just okay in my opinion. I did finish it, and it did have some good parts to it.

We are introduced to Esther who has an older sister named Sarah. They live in the town of Prim. In this setting, there are no real adults. Everyone dies before they get too old.  Some people (who are considered normal people) live inside the town while others called Variants live outside of town. Most people are actually scared of the Variants, but Esther’s best friend is one, and she’s not scared at all. She sometimes thinks they are misunderstood though.

Esther is enthralled with a new stranger who comes to town, his name is Caleb. He is looking for his son who was stolen. He was a very likable character to me.

The Variants start to attack the town and everyone is doing what they can to try to save it, and keep the piece but things are hectic. They don’t have many supplies and its hard for everyone.

Then there is Levi, who is basically in charge of everything. If you need something, you go to Levi. Yet he has his own goals.

Some of the characters were pretty creative, the plot was a weird one but interesting enough.

Wasteland wasn’t near as bad as the things I heard. It was just okay in my opinion. There was a bit of romance but it felt kind of rushed to me.

Overall: I did finish it, and am glad I read it for the debut challenge this year. It wasn't one of my favorites but I will continue on with the series as they come out.  I can see where others will probably like this one more than me. Probably more of a 3.5 cupcake rating.

Cover: Like it. Like how the girl is just standing there!

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