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Wastelanders
K.S. Merbeth
Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian
Orbit
July 2016

Three and half stars
Kid is trying to survive in a world gone mad.
 

Hungry, thirsty and alone in a desert wasteland, she's picked up on the side of the road by Wolf, Dolly, Tank and Pretty Boy - outlaws with big reputations and even bigger guns.

But as they journey across the wild together, Kid learns that her newfound crew may not be the heroes she was hoping for. And in a world that's lost its humanity, everyone has a bit of monster within them...

I was walking through Barnes and Noble last summer, my favorite pastime, and came across Bite by K.S. Merbeth with this awesome cover. The blurb comparing it to Mad Max and the cannibal premise had me handing over my debit card two seconds later. I didn’t really find out it was about a lonely young lady making her own way until I started reading, but you guys know the loner chick is sorta my favorite thing.

What I loved:

  • I wasn’t sure if I liked the little outcast of cannibals or just downright disgusted. The fact I felt a little empathy for this group tells me right away the author did a great job with characterization. I love character driven story plots but I also love…
  • Unpredictability. One could think this was so unpredictable, that the author didn’t really know where she was going with the plot at times. BUT it made the story fun for the ride.
  • My very favorite thing was the obvious adult themes with an immature character. This is so rare in a book, where it’s handled and executed properly, it was an unexpected surprise.

What I didn’t like:

  • Kid was helpless. I had a hard time believing she survived for so long. I don’t like anyone being weak and needing someone, especially women. Seriously, she was just useless at first which unfortunately made the character arc obvious from the beginning.
  • The world building left a lot to be desired. There wasn’t anything new about why the world is the way it is in Bite. Plus, the blurb compared Bite to Mad Max! Come on. I wanted to feel the grit between my fingers, the sand in my eyes, and taste the blood in my teeth. If this is what you want, this book lacks it.
  • Maybe I’m just immune and no longer shocked by violence and gore, but I felt this being a cannibal novel it needed more gruesome. Although there are a few scenes that fit that bill.

Definitely give this book a go. There’s plenty of adventure and feels to experience. Buy the Kindle book here:

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