Rosie’s #Bookreview team #RBRT THE DEAD LANDS by @dylanjmorgan #SciFi #wwwblogs

Today’s team review is from Lilyn, she blogs at

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Lilyn has been reading The Dead Lands by Dylan J Morgan


Oh, I wanted to love this book. It looked perfect. Mutants, science-fiction, post-apocalyptic setting… I’d seen great reviews, too. Unfortunately, The Dead Lands was a dud for me. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate it. I just didn’t feel anything for or towards it. It evoked no emotions. It never aroused my curiosity, never made me think.

It was technically a science fiction novel in part because it was based on a different planet, but it wasn’t really based on a different planet. Apart from the advanced weaponry and cryogenics, the worlds that are featured in this novel (mutants aside) are disturbingly mundane. There’s nothing in them that suggests an exotic location. None of the characters appealed to me. They’re not cardboard characters, exactly, but they’re so typical that with the mundane setting and other issues they were almost irritating.

However, and here’s the interesting thing, this would make a great movie. The more I read it, the more that occurred to me. All the little bits and bobs , the occasionally gruesome images and odd character tics, etc, are at best mildly interesting in the book. If it was a movie, though? Hah! It’d be freaking awesome! Filled with shoot-em-ups, last stands, and plenty of gore. You’d probably have to pay me to get me to read the second book in this series. But I’d be there on opening night in the theatre, saying “Shut up and take my money” to see this on the big screen.

My favorite part of the book was near the very end when the author killed off a character I was expecting to live. It was completely unexpected, so I’ll happily admit I did a little internal cheer. I love it when authors go against the grain and do something unexpected.  Overall, The Dead Lands was an okay read. Morgan knows how to put a story together, but he needs to refine his writing a little bit.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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3 thoughts on “Rosie’s #Bookreview team #RBRT THE DEAD LANDS by @dylanjmorgan #SciFi #wwwblogs

  1. It’s a bleak, post apocalyptic landscape…. ie, the opposite of exotic!! I thought this book was a masterpiece of subtle atmosphere and characterisation. But if we all thought the same there would be no need for a book review team, would there?! 😀 I expect some people go ‘you what?’ when I give bad reviews for books they’ve loved, too! 😀

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  2. I had read Lilyn’s review already. I did enjoy the book and the ARC of the next one, The Dead City, although it’s not my usual genre. I agree, Terry, life would be very boring and review would be too if we all liked the same (we’d only need one!)

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