Paul Greci's The Wild Lands is a pulse-pounding YA thriller full of shocking plot twists. It’s the ultimate survival tale of humanity’s fight against society’s collapse.
Natural disasters and a breakdown of civilization have cut off Alaska from the world and destroyed its landscape. Now, as food runs out and the few who remain turn on each other, Travis and his younger sister, Jess, must cross hundreds of miles in search of civilization.
The wild lands around them are filled with ravenous animals, desperate survivors pushed to the edge, and people who’ve learned to shoot first and ask questions never.
Travis and Jess will make a few friends and a lot of enemies on their terrifying journey across the ruins of today’s worldand they’ll have to fight for what they believe in as they see how far people will go to survive.
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“This fast-paced book contains all the hallmarks of a classic wilderness survival novel (deadly terrain, vicious predators, literal cliff-hangers) and the best of the postapocalyptic genre ... The author’s decades of Alaskan wilderness experience is evident throughout ... A great high-stakes wilderness survival tale.” School Library Journal
“Heart-thumping suspense for readers who liked Rick Yancey's The 5th Wave.”Booklist
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
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The Wild Lands is one of the best YA wilderness novels I’ve read. Once things kick off, it hardly ever lets up as Travis, his younger sister Jess, and their companions cross a devastated Alaska in search of a safe place to live, and through this become a family in their own. It’s a unique dystopian in that while the government is responsible for the fires that destroyed the forests, it’s the wilderness that’s their real challenge as they journey through valleys of barren ash, dangerous swamps, steep ravines, and cold mountains. Plus, I love books you can learn survival tips from, like using birch bark for kindling. The Wild Lands reads like if Jack London or Will Hobbs wrote The Hunger Games. The characters argue about which route to take, but they work together to survive as they fight the terrain and various bad guys roaming the land. The narrator takes on the responsibility of caring of his younger sister, and his companions bond so well by the end, you wish you could be a part of their group. The author lives in Alaska, and his familiarity with the landscape comes through in every scene. The descriptions convey exactly what you need to know without ever bogging things down, and he paints vivid images: “Steep, broad valleys with ribbons of willow cut into the mountains.” Also, for a novel written by a guy, there’s good insight into how the girls are always on guard against men and have reason not to trust them, especially in the wild. In the end, it’s a compelling journey, and it keeps you reading with a great sense of suspense. To where you have to cover the bottom of the page to keep from glancing ahead to see what happens. There’s also many cool surprises, both in character and action, as they journey together.
If you're looking for a thrilling nail-biter of a story that also has strong characters and emotional depth, look no further than The Wild Lands. Imagine, if you will, that climate change and oil depletion have made Alaska a wasteland that the United States government no longer wants to support. So they advise everyone to leave and abandon Alaska to its fate. Despite his Mom's misgivings, Travis' Dad convinces the family to stay, sure that they will be able to live comfortably off the land once most of the people are gone. This plan might have worked, except for the fires that ravaged Fairbanks two summers in a row, leaving a blighted landscape of ash and death, which even the wild animals can no longer tolerate. Dad finally agrees they need to get out and they head north, hoping to catch a boat going along the arctic coast. Without spoiling the story, let's just say that things go, very, very wrong and seventeen year old Travis, along with his ten year old sister, Jess, are left to continue on alone. They head south toward Anchorage, hoping to find some remnants of civilization, despite the earthquakes and sea level rising that devastated south-central. Along the way they meet a number of people. Some are friends and some are foes - although it's never immediately certain which is which. The story, on the surface, is just about survival, but becomes so much more. It takes on gender stereotypes and roles, and the unfortunate vulnerability of women in particular when the rules of society break down. Travis and Jess learn just how savage man can become when survival is the main goal. How far is Travis willing to go to survive and protect his sister? Is he willing to kill? Will he become like some of the depraved and heartless people he meets along the way? This book has everything you would expect in a survival story. Heroes, villains, death, suffering, pain and loss, unexpected kindness, even a bit of romance. (Yay, romance!!!) Because I live where the story is set, it was even more startling to hear the places and landscapes I'm familiar with described in terms of destruction and devastation. Nothing brings a story to life more than an intimate knowledge of the setting. If you are from Fairbanks, you should definitely read this book. If you're from anywhere in Alaska, you should definitely read this book. In fact,if you have a pulse and like a good story, you should read this book!