Monday, 17 March 2014

Wasteland (Wasteland #1) by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan

Wasteland (Wasteland, #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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.

Wasteland by Susan Kim

My rating: 3.75 of 5 stars

Wasteland (Wasteland, #1)(Source: I own a copy of this book.)
15-year-old Esther lives in a world where everyone dies of a horrible sickness by age 19.
In order to survive the teens must scavenge gas, which they then exchange with a boy called Levi for food.
The ‘mutants’ – strange mutated people with violet eyes, are kept at bay, but increasingly seem to be attacking the town.
Why are the mutants attacking the town? Where does Levi get the food from? And what happens when the food runs out?

This was an interesting dystopian, and I enjoyed it.

Esther was a character who changed during the course of the story. She started off as quite a selfish person, who would rather play games than do her work, but by the end of the story she seemed to care more about other people, and actually pull her weight a bit, although it took an awful lot to get her to that point!

The storyline in this was pretty good. I liked the world building, even if there were some things that were maybe not well explained (like where Levi got the food from!), and I liked the twists later on in the book. I did have an idea of what was going on with Levi and the town, but I didn’t guess the connection to Caleb.
There was some romance in this, although it did seem to come out of nowhere. It seemed like the two characters had only met once before, and were suddenly confessing that they loved each other! Maybe you have to move quick when everybody dies at 19, but it certainly did happen suddenly!
The ending to this was pretty good and hopeful. Not sure where the next book is going to go from here though.
Overall; good dystopian,
7.5 out of 10.


  1. Not sure if this is for me, but glad that you enjoyed it. You are the fastest reader I know!
    Jen @ YA Romantics