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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Wasteland by Patricia Williams

"One year ago, Becca Wilkinson changed the lives of dozens of people. Now, one word will change her life forever... 

Becca Wilkinson is a nobody, and those that are aware of her existence know her as "that quiet girl in the back of class", "loser", or her favorite-"that chick that killed all those people."

While most people at Leeville High have long forgotten Becca's role in the devastating car wreck that happened over a year ago, she still has nightmares. Her memories are in fragments and what little she remembers doesn't make sense--things like hearing voices and moving things without touching them.

New at Leeville, Luke Johnston has everyone eating out of the palm of his hand...except Becca. There's something dark and dangerous about him that she distrusts. Despite her rebuffs, Luke is adamant about getting to know her better.

Becca will have to let her guard down if she wants answers--but can she handle the truth?"-GoodReads.

Published March 14th 2011

First, I would like to thank Patricia Williams for giving me the opportunity to read this great book.

I was really quite impressed with how good Wasteland ended up being. In the beginning it felt a little slow and I kept thinking the story was staying on the safe side, that it was being cautious. But then BAM! There were these twists and turns and caution was thrown out the window. Risks with the story were being taken. And it was all executed wonderfully.

Becca was a great character. Having caused a huge tragedy in her not so distant past, she has a lot to deal with and heal from. She tries to make herself average and not noticeable.  
That works until Luke starts at her school. Even though she is mean to him and tries to get him to leave her alone, he is very persistent. For some reason, he just won't go away. And soon we find out that is because he can help her, and, hopefully, save her life.
Luke didn't like disclosing too much information which bugged me a couple of times, but that leveled off pretty quickly and there was a good balance of him being secretive but then sharing information.

Once Becca and Luke were thrown together and secrets started being revealed, the story really got going. At times it felt like it was going by a little too fast. I think that was mostly because I was really starting to enjoy it so much that I didn't want it to go by as fast as it seemed. I had to keep reminding myself that this is a trilogy so there will be more stories.

There is so much more to Wasteland then the synopsis reveals, so be prepared for a wild ride in this story. It really isn't like many other YA paranormal/sci-fi books that I have read. But I'm not going to spoil the surprise and will just encourage you to get a copy of the ebook and find out for yourself what kinds of  creepy things are going on in Wasteland.

I received this book free of charge from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, altered my opinion of the story or my review.

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