In Benjamin Percy's new thriller, a postapocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, a superflu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary - the remains of St. Louis - a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders.
Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: West of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon.
Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.
©2015 Benjamin Percy (P)2015 Hachette Audio
Between nuclear bombs, a super flu, and radiation poisoning, there isn't much left to the United States as we know it. Leave it to Lewis and Clark to set out on a journey to the Northwest to find out if there are any other survivors that are living and what the conditions are like.
I'll be honest, the post-apocalyptic genre is not my go-to read, but the fact that Percy takes a spin on the the Lewis and Clark expedition actually held my attention through the mutations and goblins and treacherous things this search party has to endure. He paints sharp characters who are well developed and provides incredible backstory.
Each page contains a ridiculous amount of description. At times, this was well warranted and necessary and appreciated. Between the horror and gore, twists and turns, and fantastic action scenes, I enjoyed the amount of detail Percy puts into the story. At other times tho, it was a bit much and I found myself breezing through some of the paragraphs to get to the good stuff.
And beyond the epic quest, the weird supernatural component, and the need to survive at all costs, there is a story of friendship, endurance, hope, and love.
The narrator did an incredible job bringing all of the many characters to life in this book.
If you can wrap your head around that science fiction, dystopian, post-apocalyptic type of read, or if you enjoy a new take on a part of history, then this book would be an interesting read for you.
Greatly enjoyed it! Well thought out and written. Anyone looking for an interesting twist on the post-apocalypse genre should give Dead Lands a try.
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Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: DNF
Audio Rating: 4.00 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: After 7 hrs and 55 min I just was not invested enough in The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy to finish. That made me sad :(
Overall Thoughts: Here is the thing (or thang as we say in Texas): I think The Dead Lands will work for a ton of people but for some reason I just could not get into the story. I stopped/started the audiobook 3 times. After awhile you just have to call that the story is not a good fit for you. The world was interesting. It was unique, twisted, and visually I think it would be stunning in a bleak kind of way. The twist of the characters based loosely on Lewis/Clarke was clever. However, the characters just didn't grab me and make me want to journey with them. In these types of books, I need that! So this just didn't work for me.
Narrated by Holter Graham/Running Time 13 hrs 31 min
Holter is one of my favorite narrators and he did a darn good job! I do believe he is the reason that I kept coming back to try and finish the story. In the end though even his narration could not carry me all the way through to the end.
Part of my It's Not You, It's Me Reviews
I purchased this book because it had pretty ok ratings. Guess it just wasn't my style. It was narrated ok and I finished it sooooo yea.... I wish I had my credit back.
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