Start reading Wildside on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Enter a promotion code
or gift card
 
 
 

Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Color:
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player

 

Wildside [Kindle Edition]

Steven Gould
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $5.99

Whispersync for Voice

Now you can switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible audiobook. Learn more or scan your Kindle library to find matching professional narration for the Kindle books you already own.

Add the professional narration of Wildside for a reduced price of $1.99 after you buy this Kindle book.

Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition $5.99  
Hardcover --  
Paperback --  
Mass Market Paperback --  
Unknown Binding --  
Audible Audio Edition, Unabridged $21.95 or Free with Audible 30-day free trial
Kindle Delivers
Kindle Delivers
Subscribe to the Kindle Delivers monthly e-mail to find out about each month's Kindle book deals, new releases, editors' picks and more. Learn more (U.S. customers only)

Book Description

Forget the lottery.

Teenager Charlie Newell has just discovered something that will make him and his friends billionaires. What if a world existed in which no humans ever evolved? No cities. No pollution. No laws. A fantastic world filled with unimaginable riches in which everything—everything—was yours just for the taking?

Charlie has found that world. And he plans to use it to make him and his friends rich.

There is a problem: How do you keep something this big a secret?

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

A suspenseful example of an emerging subgenre, the homage to Heinlein's young adult fiction, this novel will satisfy readers of all ages. Eighteen-year-old Charlie Newell has inherited a ranch from Uncle Max, who is missing, presumed dead. Hidden behind a pile of old hay in the barn is a tunnel that doesn't lead to the airstrip but to a pristine, uninhabited parallel Texas stocked with extinct megafauna. Charlie recruits four friends to help him exploit the wild side of his ranch, but the project becomes wilder than they expect, and they find themselves in danger not from saber-toothed tigers, but from their fellow Americans.

From Publishers Weekly

With adept storytelling, Gould, in his second novel (after the well-received Jumper, 1993), weaves the tale of Charles Newell, who discovers a gateway on his late uncle's farmland that leads to a "parallel" earth that is an ecological paradise of extinct species and lands unmarred by human presence. Charlie, who narrates, captures some passenger pigeons that he sells to major zoos and conservancy groups for a small fortune intended as seed capital for his master plan: to drill the alternate earth for its untouched gold. To help in this venture, Charlie reveals his secret to four of his friends, recent high-school graduates all. Working together, the five learn to pilot planes; but in time, their alliance and friendships are tested. The stakes become increasingly higher as well, climaxing in the arrival of government operatives. Ultimately, the financial considerations of the gateway prove no more important to Charlie or his pals than ecological and familial concerns. Adolescent readers will identify with the young heroes and heroines here, while older ones will be charmed by a yarn in which even the evil characters are intelligent and clever. Several loose ends cry to be tied up in a sequel; hopefully, Gould will oblige.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: digitalNoir publishing (August 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00413PTDK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a Walk on the... May 24, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was another great book from an author with a rapidly expanding fan base. The story was excellent, the characters were well developed, and the main character, Charlie, was just as much a unique indivudual as Gould's hero from Jumper, without being a carbon copy of the character. The story itself is fast-moving and it's hard to put the book down once you've begun.

As the synopsis says, the hero, Charlie, discovers a portal in an old barn that leads into an alternate earth; an earth where humans never existed. Actually, it's not proven that there are no humans anywhere -- it doesn't matter to the story and the main character doesn't explore the entire world -- but it appears there aren't.

Charlie hatches a scheme to use this portal for fun and profit, but to do so he needs to enlist the help of some friends. So the group establishes a base on the far side of the portal - the wild side - and gets to work. Though it seems as if the story of setting up a base in a humanless environment would be dull, Gould is able to tell even this with a writing style that compells the reader to continue. The logistical element is used in large part for character development, as we see the dynamic of the group of friends and watch them progress in their lives even as the story progresses.

In his realistic if somewhat cynical fashion, the writer does not allow Charlie's actions to go unnoticed by the government, and they decide to get involved, which creates a building conflict between the heroes and the government which infuses the story with a sense of urgency and suspense.

In his previous book, Jumper, Gould used teleportation as a device to further the plot, never fully explaining the reasons behind it.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars heinlein rejuvenated October 17, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Those who have read Heinlein's "juveniles" will recogonize the format immediately. Take a group of old-teen-young-adults, drop them into a very dangerous situation where they have absolutely no support system from the mainstream adult world, and let them solve their problems (technical and otherwise) through intelligence and bold action. Then reunite them with their parents so that both parents and kids recognize that the kids have "come of age" and are now successfully independent adults.

However, the book is not just an imitation. Nor is it an homage. It seems to me a reinterpretation of the same themes and concepts Heinlein used to write about, but updated for the turn of the century rather than the 1950s.

The book was well written and kept me reading it late into the night, but a couple parts of it seemed to be just a little too "angsty". Fortunately the author pulled back from that just in time to keep it from bogging down the story. The book is squarely targeted at teens, but is enjoyable for adults as well.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE January 20, 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Charlie and his small group of friends have a secret. In the barn on a farm left to him by his missing and presumed dead uncle is a very special door, a door to another earth, the Wildside. An earth where man never evolved! So what would a group of teenagers do with such a secret? Why go for the gold naturally! After all no there are no men, therefore there's all the gold in them thar hills just waiting to be scooped up. The problem is they're in Texas and the gold is in California so what do you do? Simple, fly!
Wildside is a fun story, although not very believable (forget about the inter-dimensional travel how about two kids, 18 years old, getting certified as airplane mechanics is less that 4 weeks!) But does it have to be believable to a good, enjoyable read? I don't think so. Quell your stunned disbelief and let the story take you for a ride. It is a relatively unique plot with strong, well-developed characters. Explore with them a Texas without man and root for them against a government willing to do just about anything to get the secret of Wildside.
It's one that I have read more than once and have enjoyed it every time. For certain I RECOMMEND it for anyone looking for a relatively quick, uncomplicated but thoroughly enjoyable read.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good! Buy This Book! March 18, 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is an *excellent* book! It's a coming-of-age novel, combining very good character development, a well-developed science fiction device, Man-vs-Nature adventure, ecological ethics, and a rousing dose of good-American-boy vs. evil-Government-agents. As in Steven Gould's first novel, Jumper, issues of alcoholism are examined in a sensitive manner.
If you are an aviation buff, you will want to read this book. If you are a Heinlein fan, you will want to read this book. If you live in Texas, you will want to read this book. If you were ever an American teenager, you will want to read this book. Get the picture? :-)
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wildside September 19, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The author places young people in a unique situation with complications that make them look at their world and their values. They must make decisions that could affect their world as they know it as well as their amazing discovery. Clever and well written.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart Fantasy ! September 4, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an intelligently written fantasy with an innovative plot. The characters are well developed and the interplay among them enough to keep me interested in their own stories minus the fantasy aspects. The narrator is a likable hero and come through smarter than his age. The only complaint I have is too much descriptive technical jargon which tends to slow down the pace of the story. A few times I just skiped how a certain object is built or how a plane is flew! More effort could have been invested in the wildside itself and the characters. A pity!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Rec'd for YA & adult reading. I found it to be engrossing, well-written and every bit as fun as the books in the "Jumper" series.
Published 1 month ago by E. Hagan
4.0 out of 5 stars Holds up well: still a good YA novel that's a fun quick read for...
I enjoy post-cataclysm and "alternate earth" stories, and this is a well-told one. The "kids" discover an version of Earth without people, where they attempt to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by truri
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Exciting, imaginative fiction. Well thought out, another fine work by Mr. Gould. Thanks for sparking my imagination. A true five stars : D
Published 5 months ago by Jack Dwire
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A good book I'd read years ago and now needed one for my grandson. Great adventure (yes, it's escapism), but well written. Too bad Mr. Gould has not written a sequel yet!
Published 5 months ago by P. Simonson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Always like Steven Gould's books, great characters, interesting story and well written. Plus it's always fun to think about what you would do in similar circumstances.
Published 10 months ago by Wes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book's an easy read - moves fast and keeps your attention. Highly recommended for anyone, youth, young adult, or adult.
Published 11 months ago by Gregg Garthright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
This book had a solid plot that grabbed the reader from the very beginning. Steven did an excellent job of developing his characters and putting the reader into their shoes. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David L Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-fi Done Right
Good sci-fi books aren't always good stories. Wildside, however, has all the elements of a good novel and a good science fiction thriller. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Matthew Frey
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written YA novel
This was well done! Writing style better than most self published, and a good plot. Would definitely recommend to SciFi fans, especially young adults.
Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable and quite an adventure!
I read this book about 15 years ago when I was a teenager. I loved it then and I still think of it often. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amazonian
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

More About the Author

Steven Gould is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, Jumper, as well as, Wildside, Helm, Blind Waves, Reflex, Jumper: Griffin's Story, 7th Sigma, and Impulse as well as several short stories published in Analog, Asimov's, and Amazing, and other magazines and anthologies. Wildside won the Hal Clement Young Adult Award for Science Fiction and was nominated for the Prometheus Award. He has been on the Hugo ballot twice and the Nebula ballot once for his short fiction. Jumper was made into the 2008 feature film of the same name with Samuel L. Jackson, Jamie Bell, Rachel Bilson, and Hayden Christensen. Steve lives in New Mexico with his wife, writer Laura J. Mixon (aka M. J. Locke) and their two daughters, where he keeps chickens and studies and teaches Aikido and Iaido. He recently traveled to Doha, Qatar where he discussed writing and science fiction with Qatari college students. He is working with James Cameron on the next Avatar movies and will write four books each corresponding to Avatar 1 through 4.

Jumper was one of the 100 most frequently banned books in America 1990-1999 per the American Library Association. The fourth Jumper book, EXO, will be out in September.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


Look for Similar Items by Category


ARRAY(0xa4097294)