‘Those who escape ‘the system’ are left to survive outside society. The fortunate find places in off-grid communities; the others disappear into the wasteland.’
The year is 2061, and in the new UK megacities, the government watches every move you make. Speech is no longer free—an ‘offensive’ word reaching the wrong ear means a social demerit and a hefty fine. One too many demerits? Job loss and eviction, with free transport to your nearest community for the homeless: the Hope Villages.
Rae Farrer is a megacity girl through and through, proud of her educational and career achievements, until a shocking discovery about her birth forces her to question every aspect of life in UK Megacity 12.
On the other side of the supposedly safe megacity walls, a few wastelanders suspect that their freedom cannot last forever…
Wasteland is the stand-alone sequel to Hope, and is the second and final book in the Operation Galton series.
The first book in this series, Hope, captivated me, but also left me feeling unnerved because the concept isn’t entirely outside the realm of possibility. I was thrilled when I learned the author continued the story.
Wasteland is set over thirty years after the first book with an entirely new cast of characters for the most part. I was excited to see what had become of a couple of my favorites from Hope. This world is just plain scary. The government is always watching and controls nearly every aspect of life for its citizens. Have one drink too many, speak unkindly about someone, eat too many sweets, or do or say something outside the dictated parameters of your job, and you’re slapped with social demerits which can result in entire lifestyle changes. And they’re not pleasant. Forget thinking for yourself or making your own decisions – it’s all done for you.
A twist I absolutely didn’t see coming after the halfway point made me see things in a whole new light. I even went back a few pages to see if what I thought happened actually did. Love surprises like that! I enjoyed meeting these new characters (especially Ace!), but after reading several books by this author, I’ve learned not to get too attached to some of them. They don’t always get their happily ever after, and that’s also the case in this story.
The ending is tense and will give readers an adrenaline rush so be prepared. Fans of dystopia and sci-fi will enjoy this thought-provoking and sometimes disturbing series. Each book can be read as a stand-alone, but I’d recommend reading them in order.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.