by Laurence Klavan, Susan Kim
Release date: March 2013
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, young adult

“A Lord of the Flies for future generations. Wasteland is an irresistible page-turner.” — Karin Slaughter, international bestselling author of Criminal

In the wasteland known as Prin, an early death isn’t the only doom waiting around the corner. There’s also the looming threat of rampant disease and brutal attacks by the Variants — hermaphroditic outcasts that live on the outskirts of Prin.

Esther thinks there’s more to life than toiling at Harvesting, Gleaning, and Excavating under the relentless sun, just hoping to make it through another day.

Her best friend, Skar, is a Variant and is considered the enemy. But Levi, who controls the Source, is the real enemy. Esther knows he will send his Taser boys after her if she makes one wrong move.

When Caleb, a brave and mysterious stranger, arrives in town, Esther begins to question who she can trust, and the two outcasts realize that they must team up to fight for their lives and for the freedom of Prin.

Readers, prepare for an adrenaline rush from this heady mix of forbidden friendship, corruption, destruction, rebellion, romance, and heroism.

"Kim and Klavan’s world-building enticingly trickles through the brutal, fast-paced, multilayered plot, which is fueled by a sweet romance...and plenty of mysteries. Wasteland raises plenty of captivating questions and doesn’t shortchange readers on satisfying answers." — ALA Booklist

updated 2013-07-07

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