About the Book
‘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.
What I thought
I read the first book in the Operation Galton series last year. Here’s my review of that book here. Having just read through my review of Hope, I think that book is even more pertinent now with all that Covid 19 has thrown at us and in my opinion, the dire and dare I say corrupt way in which our present Government has handled it. This is the thing with Terry’s books – they frighten me! Some themes are perhaps a little too close for comfort. The author certainly has a striking perception of society and how it reacts and behaves, the direction in which politics are heading and how big business pull all the strings and hold all the power.
Whilst Wasteland could be read as a stand-alone book and be thoroughly enjoyed, I think the reader would get just that bit more from the book if you’ve read Hope first so that you know all the background to Hope villages and how they developed and what it was like to live in them.
Wasteland is set in 2061 a little under 40 years on from when the first Hope villages were set up. Whilst those in power only controlled the out of work and the homeless in Hope, things have moved on at speed in those 40 years. On the face of it the Megacities appeared almost utopian in some ways, at least for those who were born to the new life, who never knew anything different. Everything they could ever need is on hand. Even so when your every move and your every word is monitored and censored, even those born to it struggle at times and fall foul of the doctrine they must live by. Hope villages still exist and are used as a threat for anyone who doesn’t toe the line.
Megacities and the way the people lived within them reminded me very much of Sims – the life simulation game where you built and grew your own little city and controlled the characters within in their every day lives.
But you can’t control all of the people all of the time. For all that Megacities have to offer, freedom isn’t on the list, so there is always that desire to know what it’s really like on the outside. When Rae Farrer finds out that she may have a mother and siblings living out in the Wastelands she desperately wants to know if they are still around living on the outside. Along with her friend Colt she makes a bid to escape to see if she can find them.
This is when the book turns to adventure, with danger looming on every corner. There are some brilliant characters to meet along the way with the story becoming ever more compelling. Will Rae find her lost family, will they be everything that she hoped for? Will she go back to the Megacity she escaped from or make a life for herself off-grid?
It all culminates in a thrilling ending and a couple of twists that weren’t expected. I think out of the two books, I enjoyed this one more than Hope. It’s a glowing tribute to the authors writing and her observations of human nature – both its strengths and its weaknesses.
All in all a brilliant book, very worthy of 5 stars and one which I enjoyed very much.
♥ Happy Reading ♥
With thanks to Terry Tyler for a review copy of the book.
The book is available now on Amazon, along with all of Terry’s other books. Why not have a browse, I’ve linked to her author page on Amazon here