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Apocalypse (The Wasteland Chronicles, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Kyle West
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Book Description

No one said survival is easy.

In the year 2030, the meteor Ragnarok impacted Earth. By 2060, the world is a cold, dry wasteland basking under a crimson sky.

What is left of the United States exists underground in the Bunkers - and the Bunkers do not let anyone in, or out. Above are the Wastelanders, who live in a perpetual state of anarchy.

Born into this world is Alex Keener, who has lived all of his sixteen years underground is U.S. Bunker 108. But when the mysterious xenovirus forces him into the Wasteland, he must learn to survive...against raiders, against the elements, against the very monsters the virus creates.

And the Wasteland proves to be much more than Alex bargained for...

Product Details

  • File Size: 1728 KB
  • Print Length: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle West (December 5, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AJF2130
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,335 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars written by 16 year old? October 6, 2013
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I understand the story is from the eyes of a 16 year old boy, but I think it was written by a teen as well. Early on I picked out a few grammatical errors, and shrugged it off as being poorly edited, however, as I read on, the story became obviously sophomoric. I could not finish reading it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to a promising series June 6, 2013
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Just finished Apocalypse: The Wasteland Chronicles Book 1. Many familiar themes of post-apocalyptic fiction are present here, but the author succeeds in weaving them together in an interesting fashion -- enough to look forward to the second book and find out what's in the Black Files and whether the xenovirus can be stopped.

Unlike some reviewers, I don't consider this a horribly edited book. I've seen far worse on Amazon. But I suggest one more read-through to correct grammatical and punctuation errors. Other than that, well done.
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41 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars another amazon thief September 27, 2013
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Why do many authors think we as readers are going to spend our money to buy 3 books which should have all been in one. This story had such great potential but I refuse to pay over and over again
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80 of 100 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother March 26, 2013
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I have multiple reasons for giving such a poor rating.

1. This is the most poorly edited book I have ever seen in "print'. There seems to have been no consideration of grammar or correct spelling. The errors are too numerous to list.

2. The initial concept is interesting, but poorly developed. This material is a barely fleshed out outline.

3. Character development is so lacking that I could not have cared less if they lived or died.

Update: I believe that this book should clearly be listed for a young adult audience. The author has stated that he uploaded a revised, additionally edited version. Perhaps the new version will be a better read.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning! January 4, 2013
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Hopefully this first review is a sign of interesting things to come for the year. This novella, an original ebook of 40,000+ words, is the start of an interesting sojourn across an apocalyptic world. We seem to have plenty of those types of books out there these days, but this one is special to me because it's written by one of my students.

Kyle West does a really good job of setting up an open-ended road trip adventure series that he spins with some interesting variations on a theme. I like his character a lot because Alex Keener is an innocent, he's seeing this savage world close up and personal for the first time, and he's not sure if he's match for the things he's going to find out in it after he's chased from the secret bunker where he's lived all of his sixteen years.

The first-person narration really works for this story and delivers a lot of emotional impact. Readers need to see Alex's outer and inner journeys to get the full scope of the world. Only a small part of that world is shown to us in this book. The purple ooze reminds me of the video game Left 4 Dead with the explosive attackers, and there's a definite zombie riff going on throughout the pages.

There's also a bit of X-Files in here too when Alex decides they have to find the mysterious Black Files that might have more information on the xenobiological agent that spreads the purple contagion. Since a meteor struck Earth and killed most life on the planet, I have to wonder if there were any aliens or alien creatures or alien viruses that hopped along for the ride.

See? Kyle has me wondering, and that's what a good writer does to the reader. Getting a good character is nice, getting an action-filled plot is another bonus, but when I start playing guessing games, matching up against the author, I know I'm hooked.

I can't wait to see the next volume. Until then, I'm going to be wondering what's going to happen next.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ouch...painful September 27, 2013
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This had both poor writing and a totally hacks plot filled with monsters with purple slime for blood, etc. It seems to have been written by a 15 year-old boy.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Waste of Money August 16, 2013
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After 50 pages I put the book down. It is so poorly written with such a remote premise that I wouldn't even donate this book to the library.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Post Apocalypse Story January 24, 2013
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I've played plenty of wasteland survival games such as Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas and other games like them. When I started to read this book a few hours ago I discovered that it met all of my expectations and even went far beyond what I thought I would get out of reading this book. I absolutely loved and enjoyed this book and will definitely be recommending this book and the author to all of my friends. I can't wait to read the next one in the series, great job on the book and keep up the good work! :)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good series looking forward to more by this author
Published 1 day ago by Scott Voyles
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start
I really enjoyed reading this story. Book could have been longer, but overall a good read. hope to read the rest soon.
Published 3 days ago by JonC
4.0 out of 5 stars nicely done.
New type of story line. Characters are a bit naive, for being in such a situation. But enjoyable to read.
Published 3 days ago by John Janicke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good teaser intro to the series. Sucks you in and you want more.
Published 7 days ago by randall schmidt
2.0 out of 5 stars Story Fragment...
This isn't literature. It is intended to be a simple mindless story to allow the reader to enjoy wasting some time. That is why I chose this. Read more
Published 8 days ago by John H Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome!!
I give this series more than 5 ★' can't put the books down...awesome!!!
Published 9 days ago by Dawn Coy
2.0 out of 5 stars and this one goes in with a good plot. A meteor hit unleashes an alien...
I'm a big fan of the post apocalyptic genre, and this one goes in with a good plot. A meteor hit unleashes an alien life form/substance that merges with plants/animals on earth to... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Thomas J. Kelleher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Post-Apocalyptic Novel! Impossible to put down!
This is an awesome post-apocalyptic book series. It mixes aliens, zombies, and your average end-of-the-world stuff perfectly! Read more
Published 19 days ago by Ashswimdance
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise
This had an interesting storyline, and started out as a promising dystopian survival story with survivors living in underground bunkers as protection against "wastelanders" and a... Read more
Published 21 days ago by catlover
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting Read
I found the story interesting if not predictable. I enjoyed reading it and enjoyed the imagination of the author. I will purchase book 2.
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More About the Author

I'm Kyle West, author of The Wasteland Chronicles series. I'm a full-time writer living in the bustling metropolis of Oklahoma City.

The Wasteland Chronicles is set in the year 2060, thirty years after a meteor hits Earth. I've always enjoyed speculative fiction and stories with darker themes. My goal is to write an action-packed story with twists and turns a reader will never see coming.

If you are interested in knowing when my next book comes out, join my mailing list! You can find it at this link:

Meanwhile, you can find me at the following cyber haunts:

Twitter: @kylewestwriter
Email: kylewestwriter[at]gmail[dot]com

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