In Wasteland by Terry Tyler, the year is 2061 and the UK is now owned by Nutricorp in this dystopian novel.
Thank you to Shannon of R&R Book Tours for sending me a free copy of Wasteland in return for an honest review.
In Wasteland, the population of the UK were forced to move into Megacities in 2028. All stores are owned by Nutricorp, and the majority live in small apartments known as ‘stacks’. The misfits live in Hope Villages — the orphans, those who were unemployed and the disabled. Those who escape the system live off-grid as Wastelanders, and are known as ‘rats’ in the cities. It’s now the year 2061, and Nutricorp and the UK government has begun Phase 10 of Operation Galton. The government has begun the construction of dedicated research complexes and internment camps, along with manufacturing works for creating drugs.
I haven’t read the first book of this duology, Hope, but I found Wasteland really easy to pick up and follow. The start of the book has a lot of catch up on this dystopian world and how the world is run. This gives it a slower start and it’s a lot of information to take in, but I really enjoyed learning about this new Great Britain. I was totally gripped and the more I read, the more horrified I felt! Terry Tyler has created a fascinating (and horrifying) picture of the UK, and the rest of the world.
Wasteland follows Rae, a young woman who has lived in Megacity 12 for most of her life. She works as a counsellor, but feels ineffective as she tells her patients what she’s supposed to. She has been with her boyfriend Nash for four years, but isn’t happy with him. She’s recently found out that while she grew up in care, not knowing her family, that they were actually Wastelanders and she’s curious about who they are. Rae manages to escape the Megacity and goes to find her family.
Wasteland is mostly told from Rae’s first-person perspective. I really liked Rae and found her really easy to relate to and sympathise with. It was so interesting too, when Rae visits a friend’s elderly relatives and hears all about the ‘old days’.
The other characters are equally well-written and intriguing. Rae’s boyfriend Nash is utterly infuriating! I also found everyone’s addiction to their coms (or smartphones) and the social network Heart equally frustrating — but there are certainly echoes of it in our modern day.
The plotline picks up about halfway through the story after Rae makes her escape and I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! There are a lot of twists along the way as she goes on her journey too that I really enjoyed. I was so tense the whole time, not knowing who she could trust or what might happen next — while also reading about Operating Galton and what is really happening to the Wastelanders.
The events of Wasteland are absolutely horrifying but I couldn’t stop reading. I think the fact that it has many echoes of our present day, such as cancel culture and the obsession with self-image and social media, made it so much more frightening. I think it also was much more relatable to me with it being set in the UK (I am British!). Terry has created a world that feels completely plausible. I loved it — Wasteland is an absolute must-read for fans of dystopian fiction, and I will be checking out Hope next!
The blurb for Wasteland
‘Those who escape ‘the system’ are left to survive outside society. The fortunate find places in off-grid communities; the others disappear into the wasteland.’
The year is 2061, and in the new UK megacities, the government watches every move you make. Speech is no longer free—an ‘offensive’ word reaching the wrong ear means a social demerit and a hefty fine. One too many demerits? Job loss and eviction, with free transport to your nearest community for the homeless: the Hope Villages.
Rae Farrer is a megacity girl through and through, proud of her educational and career achievements, until a shocking discovery about her birth forces her to question every aspect of life in UK Megacity 12.
On the other side of the supposedly safe megacity walls, a few wastelanders suspect that their freedom cannot last forever…
Wasteland is the stand-alone sequel to Hope, and is the second and final book in the Operation Galton series.
About the author, Terry Tyler
Terry Tyler is the author of twenty books available from Amazon, the latest being Blackthorn, set in a post-apocalyptic England, 115 years in the future. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.
Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and has a great interest in history (particularly 14th-17th century), and sociological/cultural/anthropological stuff, generally. She loves South Park, Netflix, autumn and winter, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees. She lives in the north east of England with her husband.
I have also recently interviewed Terry Tyler about her writing and her inspiration — check it out!