Wasteland~A Review

Wasteland, book one in ‘The Badlands’ series by Kristin Keppler and Allisa Bahney is a dystopian novel set in a post-apocalyptic land that used to be The United States. This is a very different country now that it’s been ravaged by climate change, deadly pandemics, and a third world war. What is left of the population is now in a civil war between the National Armed Forces (NAF) and the Resistance which is located in the wastelands (the middle part of the old US).

The story is about two women who are on opposite sides of this war. Danielle Clark (Dani) is a semi-retired Resistance fighter, and Major Kate Turner is the daughter of the general in charge of the NAF. The two should be deadly enemies, but there is something that draws the two together.

This is a well-written, dramatic tale with good pacing, a perfectly described setting, interesting and well-developed characters, and a terrifyingly realistic story. The book is written in first person POV from the eyes of Dani and Kate. I liked that it was easy to tell whose mind I was in. Each voice is unique and shows the different personalities of the two characters. That also made it easy to connect with them.

There isn’t a lot of romance in this novel though you can see the attraction between Dani and Kate. The book actually ends on a cliffhanger which kind of made me go, “Ahhh!” at the end. Luckily, this is only the first novel in a series. I will definitely be looking for the next book. I’m invested in this story and these people. I want to know what happens next.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

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