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Apocalypse (The Wasteland Chronicles, Book 1) by [West, Kyle]
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About the Author

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

Graham Halstead is a professionally trained actor and voice artist, born and raised in Virginia and now living and working in Brooklyn, New York City. His voice is youthful, easy-flowing, and flexible, and lends itself to many different types of storytelling. He can be heard on TV and radio voicing spots for Airborne and Allegra.

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  • File Size: 1907 KB
  • Print Length: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Kyle West (December 5, 2012)
  • Publication Date: December 5, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AJF2130
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By Scott B. Kelly on 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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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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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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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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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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Apocalypse is the first book in The Wasteland Chronicles series. At first it seemed like it would be just another post-apocalypse story, but I was pleasantly surprised. It moves faster overall than many of the apocalyptic books I've read in recent times, and it's not just a zombie book, either. That is a good thing, because in the main I don't like zombie books. This one, though, goes a bit further. The story is set some decades after an extinction event happens, that of a large meteorite crashing into middle America. Of course, this is on the tail of WW3 as a lead-in event to it. The remnants of the US Government and most its brightest scientists are sheltered in a series of 144 Bunkers. However, over the years most of the Bunkers have fallen for one reason or another, and only four are left at the beginning of the book. Because of the dust cloud kicked up by the meteor, the Earth has gone into a global cooling period. Much of the world is now uninhabitable and known as the Ice Zones. Weather patterns are also disrupted, so much of the western US at least gets essentially no rainfall. Consequently. food supplies are increasingly scarce.

It is also widely believed that the meteor brought with it a xenofungus and xenovirus that are especially virulent. At first it mostly affected plants, but is now working its way up the food chain, and as of this book has begun infecting humans. Any animal or person infected becomes a super-aggressive killing animal, and often grows to unusually large size. They also become difficult to kill. There is the zombie part I mentioned earlier, though in this book, animals are affected the same way as humans.

There is still a society of sorts, but it is quite barbaric compared to modern society.
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