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Wasteland (Operation Galton Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B087JZ2DT5
- Language : English
- File size : 3469 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 477 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 690,965 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And that, perhaps, is what makes Tyler's books so very troubling.
And then, there is the hope of humankind. Those who live outside the system, in the wasteland. Yet to me, the true wastelands were the megacities, and the 'wasteland' the real world. In the megacities life was wasted, not lived fully; people carried on as drones, consuming and existing in an endless, unquestioned cycle. In the world outside the megacities there was the hope of mankind in individuality, courage and hope.
Told with Tyler's distinctive style, this is a fantastic book. I loved it. Twists and turns and shocks, along with action, aplenty. The end was so exciting I actually managed to turn my kindle off by gripping the sides too tight! Highly recommended.
Picking up decades after Hope in the year 2061, Britain is now a plastic, contrived social media theme park dominated by a dynastic corporate family. The so-called megacities provide corporate playgrounds for a shallow, facile population of wannabe social media stars doubling as feckless worker drones obsessed with productivity, health and well-being. Though safe and unthreatening on the surface, these cities are actually ruthless control structures, where the penalties for non-conformity can be severe.
Those who fail to live up to the demanding, controlled life in the megacity are relegated to Hope Villages - camp-like communities that resemble small workhouse towns, where people must work to receive basic food shelter and medical assistance. Guarded night and day, the Hope Village is dominated by criminal gangs and brutal regimes - the last place the megacity townies want to end up, creating a climate of fear and anxiety among the conformists, promoting informers and spies alike.
Outside both these structures lies the Wasteland, populated by the poor, wretched deviants known and feared as 'rats' - criminals, vagrants and ne'er-do-wells who scrape a miserable existence from the charity of the few organisations trying to provide a life outside the control of the megacities.
We are introduced to Rae, a young woman whose life in Mega-City 12 is typical - abandoned as a baby, she is a true ward of the state, brought up and indoctrinated into the corporate life and conformed to its tightly-controlled regulation. Yet she knows she has a family - mother, brother and sister, and believes they are alive and living somewhere out in the Wasteland, and feels drawn to them despite her relatively comfortable life.
What I really loved about this story is how quickly it slides from a familiar, almost comfortable lost child story into a dystopian nightmare. I started the story needing to warm up to Rae after really enjoying the journey of Hope with its likeable protagonist Lita. It looked like the story was about to take a predictable and possibly mawkish line down the 'family reunion' lane but about halfway through the wheels really come off and suddenly we're headlong into a genuine nightmare. I can only liken it to getting aboard 'It's a Small World' at Disneyland, only to find halfway through it turns into Schindler's List.
Don't really want to say more than that, other than this has all the Tyler ingredients - characters so real you can feel them, believable dialogue, nail-biting action, twists and turns, and of course the terrifying sense that all this really could happen as the roots of this dystopia are plain to see in our current culture.
Another winner and a great read yet again from Terry Tyler, which I have no hesitation recommending. Five stars across the board.
There are some devastating twists along the way, when she discovers her family are not who or what she thought they were, and we soon we learn that Nutricorp has sinister plans for the wasteland and its population. There is a everything in this book, even a little romance! I couldn't put this down. I'm a fan of Terry Tyler's books so I got this as soon as I heard it was out and it is yet another to add to my list of my favourite reads. I liked it even better than Hope, the first in the series, but I do suggest you read that one first, though you don't need to as there are helpful notes in the book for those that are new to this story world. If you want an escapist read, then this will keep you gripped and up all night and is very highly recommended.
This is a dystopian future, and by definition, it’s not pretty. But this is not sci-fi; we are given human stories and not just a futuristic setting. The characters are real people with hopes and disappointments and there are some real truths here: the basic human instinct which drives us to find out where we came from, the miscommunication between couples so skilfully summed up when Rae thinks of a barrier between her and Nash becoming higher because Nash can’t see it’s there.
Ms Tyler also demonstrates her skill as a writer by letting us get to know these characters and then confounding our expectations about where their stories might be heading.
If you’ve read Hope then you’ll be more aware that this dystopian scenario doesn’t appear overnight. It’s just one small step at a time, with freedoms being eroded so gradually that no one notices. The atrocities which follow can seem almost like a natural progression.
Human nature being what it is, it seems that we do not learn from history, assuming that history doesn’t repeat itself. But it can. And Ms Tyler chillingly shows how and why.
The twists and turns of a clever plot don’t let up, and this book is a remarkable blend of futuristic and realistic. We recognise the people, because they are drawn so well. And that is probably the most chilling thing of all: this could be you, it could be me.