Wasteland by Susan KimWasteland by Susan Kim


bySusan Kim

Paperback | February 25, 2014

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Fans of the Divergent and Hunger Games series will love Wasteland, the first installment of the Wasteland trilogy, by five-time Emmy Award–nominated writer Susan Kim and Edgar Award–winning Laurence Klavan. With heart-pounding thrills, this harrowing survival story is alive with action and intrigue. Welcome to the Wasteland, a post-apocalyptic U.S. where no one lives past the age of 19. But an early death isn’t the only doom waiting around the corner: 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 doesn’t care that her best friend, a variant, is considered “the enemy.” She doesn’t care that Levi, who controls the Source, is the real enemy and might send his Taser boys after her if she makes one wrong move. Then she meets Caleb, and just possibly, she might have a chance at salvation.

Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan cowrote the graphic novelsCity of SpiesandBrain Camp.Susan is also a five-time Emmy nominee for her work in children's television and a Writers Guild Award winner for best documentary. She wrote the stage adaptation of Amy Tan'sThe Joy Luck Club, teaches writing at Goddard College, and is a blogger for the H...
Title:WastelandFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.79 inPublished:February 25, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062118528

ISBN - 13:9780062118523


Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Interesting New World Order Two set of beings populate the earth, the humans and the seemingly more resilient variants. We don't know what has befallen the world, but that the environment is hostile and humans generally succumb to disease by the time they are nineteen. Esther questions why the rest of the humans can't be friends with the variants as she is with her friend Skar. They play together every chance they can, but always in secret, away from the eyes of any other. Even with this interaction, Esther doesn't know the secrets of the variants. I found this a very easy to read story and found myself caught up in Esther's plight. I wanted her to succeed and be happy within her community. Caleb coming to town added more hope for her to accomplish this goal. It didn't really bother me that I didn't know what happened to this world. There were enough clues that referred to a global catastrophe, but the details of what happened, didn't really have an impact of how the community was dealing with the present. Perhaps in the next books of the trilogy we'll learn more history. I was more curious about how the variants lived and why they seemed so much more adapted to the harsh physical world. The variants have developed a hunter gatherer society, and the humans have become scavengers. There is very little book learning and most of the technological knowledge has been lost. Hardly anyone reads. I am left to ponder whether this community of Prin is representative of neighbouring settlements, or have they been so isolated that they have developed along a unique path. I felt that there was enough to the story for both teens and adults. Not all the stories I read need to be complex and lengthy. This one was easy to read and most enjoyable. I'm looking forward to Wanderers, the next story in this trilogy.
Date published: 2014-01-26

Editorial Reviews

Kim and Klavan’s world building enticingly trickles through the brutal, fast-paced, multilayered plot, which is fueled by a sweet romance...and plenty of mysteries. Wasteland raises plenty of captivating questions and doesn’t shortchange readers on satisfying answers.