Waiting on Wednesday – The Dead Lands: A Novel by Benjamin Percy

September 17, 2014 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 6 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday – The Dead Lands: A Novel by Benjamin PercyThe Dead Lands: A Novel by Benjamin Percy
Published by Grand Cen­tral Publishing on April 14th 2015
Pages: 416
Genres: Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Red Moon: A Novel

In Benjamin Percy's new thriller, a post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga, a super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary-the remains of St. Louis-a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders.

Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon.

Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, they hope to expand their infant nation, and to reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.

About Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is the author of three novels, The Dead Lands (forthcoming from Grand Central/Hachette in 2015), Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette, 2013) and The Wilding (Graywolf Press, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men's Journal, Outside, the Wall Street Journal, Tin House, Glimmer Train, Ploughshares, and the Paris Review. He also writes screenplays and comics. His honors include an NEA fellowship, the Whiting Writer's Award, the Plimpton Prize, the Pushcart Prize and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics. He is the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches at the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.

Red Moon was quite the interesting literary werewolf tale but The Dead Lands, a post-apocalyptic story, seems right up my alley and I love the originality of doing a Lewis and Clark reimagining.

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