The Dead Lands

  • by Benjamin Percy
  • Narrated by Holter Graham
  • 13 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Buckle up - this one will take you for a ride!

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.
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- Jennifer

Intelligent and imaginative story!

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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- Steve L.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-14-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio