Rosie’s Review-A-Book Challenge #RRABC @SueBavey Reviews #Dystopia WASTELAND by @TerryTyler4

Today we have a review from Rosie’s Review-A-Book Challenger Sue, she blogs here

Sue chose to read Wasteland by Terry Tyler

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5/5 stars

In Terry Tyler’s version of 2061 people are living in government-controlled comfortable Megacities and less comfortable Hope villages, where putting a foot wrong can result in disaster and worse. Hope villages were introduced in the previous installment of the ‘Operation Galton’ series, ‘Hope’, but over the intervening years they have become even more dangerous, desolate places. A small percentage of the free-thinking population has escaped to the Wasteland, where they live outside of society and are known as ‘rats’.

The concept of the ‘Wasteland’ immediately reminded me of ‘The Wilds’ in the YA ‘Delirium’ trilogy by Lauren Oliver which I read about a decade ago and absolutely loved. Having said that, the books themselves are quite different. Wasteland is not a YA novel and although both are dystopian, the world of ‘Operation Galton’ feels more sinister, probably because it is not very far removed from where our present day society is heading. Our lives are more and more controlled by smartphones tracking our sleep, steps taken, screen use and conversations, offering us intrusive targeted advertising which demands our attention every waking second, much like the ‘com’ devices in Wasteland.

The powers that be have decided it’s time to clean up the Wasteland and plan to use its inhabitants in their macabre human experiments. This is happening in the background as we follow Rae’s journey from typical Megacity inhabitant to enlightened escapee, as she searches the Wasteland for the family she was separated from at the age of two.

The beginning of the story has a relatively slow pace, as we are introduced to new characters, then half way through the book, the pace picks up quite dramatically and it becomes a gripping thrill-ride with unexpected twists along the way. Wasteland is an exciting page-turner and I was rooting for Rae and the people she encounters in the Wasteland all the way. It was easy to visualise the action sequences and I can imagine this could quite easily be made into a blockbuster movie.

This dystopian story left me feeling unsettled, with a lot to think about and the intriguing parting shot about Ace’s background leaves the way open for further stories from Rae’s world which I would love to see sometime.

Recommended for fans of stories set in dystopian societies and thrilling fox vs. hounds style hunts!

Book description

‘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.

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Of #Dystopia Amendments by @HMLynnauthor Set In Futuristic Britain

AmendmentsAmendments by Hannah M. Lynn

4 stars

Amendments is a dystopian story set in futuristic Britain. The population lives mainly in one megacity. In an attempt to avoid human disasters of old, such as war and power struggles, a system known as Amendments has been created. When individuals reach the age of twenty-one, they must register for the right to Amend. After that they have two chances to go back and change an event in their past.

But this is still not a perfect world; jobs are limited, many have little money and the act of Amending is having a negative effect on some. Em and Fi have lost their mother and Fi has become so engulfed with guilt that she is now an alcoholic. It’s Em’s twenty-first birthday; Fi is comatose, but family friend Gabe offers to take Em to her registration ceremony.

The problem with the system is that each Amendment causes further consequences and the outcomes are not always for the better as a whole. There is already a dissident group known as Marchers who are protesting about the practice. This story is about Em and the choices she makes to try to save the ones she loves.

The story is split into three sections, which jump to a new time-loop for each Amendment that Em takes. Think of it like Groundhog Day. I liked part one the best; I think it was a hard task to make the next two time-loops interesting enough to make the reader want to invest in re-reading some of the same points. It might have helped if the depth and background of the main characters developed to a greater extent with each time-loop.

This was definitely an interesting concept; the content made it an intense, bleak story, which gave me cause for thought. I think it would be of interest to those who think about the future of mankind.

Book description

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Emelia must choose. Her sister or her soulmate.
In a world not dissimilar to our own, the Administration have ensured that the human race should not have to live with any regrets.

Like millions before her, Emelia now has the chance to go back and make the ‘correct’ decisions. The little envelope that contains her amendment will change not just her life, but that of the people she loves the most. Her sister Finola, whose reckless and self-destructive nature have lead her dangerously close to the sinister Marchers movement; and Gabe, the rock that has been holding the remnants of her family together for as long as she can remember.

Caught between saving Finola or happiness with Gabe, she must struggle to predict how the ripples of her amendments will spread.
What would you amend?

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