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Raid (Wastelanders) Mass Market Paperback – July 25, 2017
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"A full throttle, sand-in-your-eyes, no holds barred ride through a Mad Max-style wasteland where the bad guys become family. Finally, an underdog with teeth!"―Delilah S. Dawson on Bite
"Merbeth has created her own universe filled with destruction and not a small amount of grim, acerbic wit. Fans of Mira Grant's "Newsflesh" series will be pleased by the smart writing."―Library Journal on Bite
"Filled with dark humor, wit, and a realistic dystopian setting, Bite plays with the idea of who the good guys are in such a harsh world."―Booklist on Bite (starred review)
"Merbeth's debut novel puts a unique spin on post-apocalyptic horror... Bite flips the script."―B&N
"Pure undiluted high octane anarchy ... If you enjoy movies like Mad Max: Fury Road, or games like Fallout 4 and Borderlands, then Bite is the book for you. Gleefully unrestrained and unrelenting, strap yourself in an enjoy the ride. Bite is here, let the mayhem commence!"―The Eloquent Page
"Merbeth returns to drag readers off of their couches and into the explosive, feverish Wastelands ... [an] edge-of-your-seat rush."―RT Book Reviews
"Merbeth's fast-paced Mad Max-style adventure, set in a post apocalyptic desert, is difficult to put down."―Library Journal
"A bloodstained road trip through the Wastes beckons, featuring some memorable violence, gut-wrenching betrayals and one of the most nihilistic settings I've ever come across ... A breathtaking read, best done in one go."―Blue Book Balloon
"Revved up, Raid never takes the foot off the gas, moving forward at full throttle. Incorporating the perfect mix of Fallout, Borderlands, Rage and Mad Max it's a pedal to the metal mayhem-filled frenetic read."―The Tattooed Book Geek
About the Author
K.S. Merbeth is obsessed with SFF, food, video games, her cat and resides in Tucson, Arizona.
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We start off meeting our leading lady, Clementine. She's a bounty hunter hot on the trail of any bad guy/gal that has a price on their head. She makes a living in this post-apocalyptic world by taking on jobs from the small towns she passes through and catching whoever wronged that town. Things change when someone puts a price on Jedediah Johnson's head though, you see, he's the leader of all the raiders in the eastern wastes. He's a big deal and when Clementine manages to catch him, no one wants any part of it since his crew will destroy anything and everything to get him back. She winds up taking him to the western wastes based on a rumor that she might be able to cash him in there. Boy what a journey it is for them, this novel is full of fighting and non-stop action. With this post-apocalyptic world full of raiders, sharks (cannibals), and towns people trying to survive off the last few cans of food they can find you know you're in for a thrill ride you cannot put down.
Raid is an attention grabbing sequel that got me from page one. As with the previous installment I find the characters to be my favorite part about the book. Merbeth really put thought and care behind them and includes little details that just make you see them all the more clearer. Clementine is such a strong leading lady, but her childhood is subjected to so much change when bad things start to happen, it's a bit heartbreaking. You can easily tell why she is the way she is and you wind up rooting for her even if she has to kill someone. I really did miss the easy comradeship between the first novel's gang of characters. We did get some of that feeling since Clementine and Jed are traveling together but I missed the larger group feel. This installment fell a little bit short of my expectations since I loved book one so much. Don't get me wrong though, this was a great sequel, just a tad slow at times. All in all, if you're looking for a post-apocalyptic book you'll love this series.
Raid is the follow up or companion to the author`s debut novel, Bite, which I also read and loved. This is set in the same world, but has an entirely separate story with a different set of characters. If you previously read Bite, you will catch up fun Easter-eggs in Raid. However, readers can pick up the books in either order without being spoiled or confused in any way.
The main character in this novel is exactly the kind of female lead I wanted to read in post-apocalyptic world of anarchy. Clementine is strong, kick-butt and wonderfully unapologetic. Living by her own personal code, she is a morally grey character. While she is tough as nails, she is still capable of feeling emotions, from loneliness to betrayal, although she does her best to outwardly suppress these feelings.
Finally, I want to clarify the genre so readers pick up this novel with the right expectations. This certainly not a piece literary dystopian, but rather an addicting action story that takes place within the dangerous of wastelands of some ominous future. There are enough elements of world-building to provide the story with the necessary context. Yet, the novel itself is primarily focused on telling the story surrounding our main characters and crazy events that ensue. The chapters are quite short with cliffhangers to keep the reader engaged, turning pages as quickly as possible. This is a perfect book to pick in a reading slump because the it reads so easily.
This is fast paced action driven story full of twist and turns and plenty of bloodshed. With plenty of language and violence, the author is not afraid to write the darker aspects of a world that has fallen into anarchy.
I would recommend this to anyone looking to go along for a thrill-ride with a fun, bloody story.
I requested this from Orbit Books.
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