Published by Grand Central Publishing on April 14 2015
Genres: dystopian, fantasy, science fiction
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I became a Percy fangirl a few years back after reading his first book, Red Moon and attending a signing with my friend Anita. Not only is he nice, he is an engaging and funny speaker. Needless to say, I was pretty excited about the premise for this book and it did not disappoint.
By the time this novel starts rolling, the world as we know it has been over for 150 years. With a combination of super-flu, war, and nuclear meltdown things are looking pretty grim. Then a mysterious rider rolls into to town.
(Cue The Good, The Bad and the Ugly music.)
Then we are off and running on a epic adventure across the devastated landscape that is now the United States with mutated creatures at every turn. Fun stuff, right?
But what makes this book really special is Percy himself; he has this wonderful ability to wrap you in the story. The world he built was fascinating, in both how it was destroyed and the crap-ass place it is when the book takes starts.
Now I am wondering: When is book 2 coming out?
In Benjamin Percy’s new thriller, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, a super flu 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.