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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First edition (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061826960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061826962
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,330,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marr, creator of the best-selling, young adult Wicked Lovely fantasy series, ventures into dystopian fiction for grown-ups in this lassoing tale of survival and passion set in a desert beneath two moons. This is the Wasteland, where humans mysteriously appear. Each of the Arrivals is a killer. They do not age, they rarely die, and together they form a motley, moody band of frontier vigilantes. We meet a trigger-happy 1950s housewife, a gallant Prohibition bootlegger, and a hippie. They’re kept in line by smart and focused Jack and his spell-casting sister, Kitty, who arrived from America’s Wild West long ago. The heavily armed Arrivals fight off demons and dragonish beasts; break hearts; track their enigmatic enemy, the wealthy Ajani; and learn the ways of a twiggy, telepathic bloodsucker named Garuda. Then everything shifts when sexy Chloe arrives, fresh from a bar in 2010 Washington, D.C. Marr’s sociopaths, romantics, and heroes are flinty and endearing; the spooky creatures, gunfights, mind-melds, lust, and love are diverting; and every facet of this clever, fun tale is stoked by peppery social commentary. --Donna Seaman


“Original and quirky, it’s a fun summer read.” (Washington Post)

“Marr imbues [The Wasteland] with an unconventional spirit that makes everyone—displaced humans, demons, deluded villain, scary critters (some bound to their own elaborate codes of ethics), and frustrated locals—vivid and surprising.” (Locus)

“THE ARRIVALS is wicked, weird, and fun; Marr’s imaginary world feels vividly, almost unsettlingly, real.” (Ben H. Winters, author of The Last Policeman)

“You’ll want to definitely saddle up for this one.” (USA Today)

More About the Author

Hmm, I'm never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises--graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

Customer Reviews

Really skimmed about the last fourth if the book.
A. Lemke
I didn't feel the story developing - I felt the characters developing, but not the story.
Intriguing premise,exciting action very good story line.
Rhonda Wells

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shona Lawrence on August 22, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
A quick read of the blurb had me jumping at the chance to get a copy of this. The first few chapters where interesting enough but for some reason I didn't feel that pull that makes me want to carry on reading. I'm not sure but I think it's because I was expecting Chloe, after all I had already identified with her a little from the blurb and for her not to be there threw me off a bit. It didn't stop me from reading on though, like I said the whole idea of the book had me intrigued and I wanted needed to know the why's of it all.

You soon realise that the first few chapters are giving you just enough back story and information to give you glimpses of the lives The Arrivals lead and that is what draws you in. The ever-changing dynamics of the group, the uncertainties; both in life and deaths, the deceptions. It's all very exciting. Although not set in the Wild West the Wastelands has that feel to it, we have a whole bunch of people who have been taken from their own time (between the 1800′s and 2013) in our world and been transported to the Wasteland. This is a great mix of science fiction and western. Cowboys have never been so hot ;-)

The back of the book says "A thoroughly original and wildly imagined tale.." and I honestly can't think of anything more appropriate to say about this book. It is well written and definitely has the `hooks' to catch the reader. The only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is because the first few chapters didn't immediately grab me. But what it lacked in pulling power in the first few chapters it soon makes up for in the rest of the book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on July 15, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Perhaps mixing genres isn't quite as unusual as it once was. Still, Melissa Marr's fun and surprising new book, THE ARRIVALS (her second adult novel, following 2011's GRAVEMINDER), blends disparate elements and conventions in smart and engaging ways. It is the story of a gun-slinging, well-intentioned outlaw brother-and-sister duo, Jack and Kitty. Twenty-six years ago, the pair was mysteriously transported from California in the late 1800s to a strange otherworld called the Wasteland. The aspects of the traditional Western novel that they bring are balanced out by the inhabitants and the magic of the Wasteland, and the complicated romantic relationships of the main characters.

Jack and Kitty Reed were the first from their world to find themselves in the Wasteland, but over the last three decades, many more have appeared. The Arrivals all come from different times and places back in their world, though none from as early as the Reeds. And the Arrivals all have one thing in common: in their world, they were all killers. In the Wasteland, their killer instincts, survival skills and way with weapons come in handy --- from wrangling lindworms to hunting demons, and especially in their dealings with the evil and powerful Ajani. In the Wasteland, the Arrivals who team up with the Reeds have the ability to rise from the dead a number of times, but those who go to work for Ajani seem to have gained immortality.

When Mary, part of the Reeds' crew and Jack's lover, dies and doesn't come back to life, everyone prepares for a new Arrival. Luckily they find Chloe before Ajani does, and Kitty nurses her through the rough transition. But Kitty, Jack and the rest of the Arrivals in their camp know that Ajani will come searching for Chloe soon, making her an offer that will be hard to resist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 29, 2013
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I'm not very good at writing reviews, but this book was a really good read. The part I hated about it was the ending. It just ended without going into the character detail about what all happened. Especially between Chloe and Jack, Kitty and Edgar and also Hector. It just ended and I was just really disappointed in this ending--there definitely should have been more to it. I'm so upset about this ending that honestly, I wished I didn't even read the book that's how bad the ending was.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By RnJ's Mama on August 1, 2013
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I enjoyed this book...that isn't to say I loved it, or that I would necessarily recommend it (I wouldn't not recommend it either, I just wouldn't mention it.). If I had the opportunity to give it 3.5 stars, I would. But, I didn't find that it merited a 4, so down to 3 it went. I purchased this book because I absolutely LOVED Graveminder. This one didn't get under my skin quite like Graveminder did. I have to say, I actually felt like one of "The Arrivals" throughout the book. The Arrivals are individuals from our world from varying time periods, beginning in the 1880s, that get pulled out of their worlds and are plunked into a new world, called The Wasteland. They all have one thing in common--they are all killers. None of them know why they are chosen. They all just wake up in The Wasteland, without knowing how they got there, why they were chosen, where, exactly, "there" is, or what they are doing there. They know nothing about the world they are plunked into, but they learn as they go. The book itself begins mid-scene, in the midst of a battle. Why is the battle taking place? I still don't know. The story was compelling in that I kept reading because I kept waiting for something big to happen, but it really never did. Even what was supposed to be the big "climax" of the book was never quite explained. You never do understand how the portal to The Wasteland was opened or why those particular individuals were chosen. The relationship between Kitty and Garuda (who was one of my favorite characters, by the way) was ridiculous--she loathes him, we find out why, and then after continual loathing, she all of the sudden not only accepts him, but loves him. Really? The book seems to end "mid-thought"--the story just kind of hangs out there.Read more ›
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