Wasteland by Susan Kim
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Fans of the Divergent and Hunger Games series will love Wasteland, the first installment of the Wasteland trilogy, by five-time Emmy Award–nominated writer Susan Kim and Edgar Award–winning Laurence Klavan. With heart-pounding thrills, this harrowing survival story is alive with action and intrigue. Welcome to the Wasteland, a post-apocalyptic U.S. where no one lives past the age of 19. But an early death isn’t the only doom waiting around the corner: Everyone is forced to live under the looming threat of rampant disease and brutal attacks by the variants—hermaphroditic outcasts that live on the outskirts of Prin.

Esther doesn’t care that her best friend, a variant, is considered “the enemy.” She doesn’t care that Levi, who controls the Source, is the real enemy and might send his Taser boys after her if she makes one wrong move. Then she meets Caleb, and just possibly, she might have a chance at salvation.


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Emmy Award-nominated writer Susan Kim and Edgar Award-winning Laurence Klavan have collaborated on the graphic novels City of Spies and Brain Camp. Susan is a five-time Emmy nominee for her work in children's television and a Writers Guild Award winner for best documentary. She wrote the stage adaptation of Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club, teaches writing at Goddard College, and is a blogger for the Huffington Post. When she was growing up, there was a chain-link fence behind her apartment complex that led to a small woods. After dinner, all the kids would sneak through to play in a world where no adults intruded. It was both exciting and dangerous, and the memory of that has always stayed with her, inspiring Wasteland. Laurence's previous novels include The Cutting Room and The Shooting Script, and he won the Edgar Award for the novel Mrs. White. He has a short-story collection forthcoming. Laurence is the recipient of two Drama Desk nominations. As kids, he and his three brothers used to make epic movies in their backyard, reenacting the Alamo, the signing of the Magna Carta...and the end of the world. This last one involved a lot of fighting over food and property, which was, of course, what they did every day in real life.
Published March 26, 2013 by HarperTeen. 341 pages
Genres: Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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This trilogy opener imagines a post-apocalyptic, adult-free world in which the life expectancy is 19, due to desertification and disease.

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Gr 10 Up—In the bleak, desolate town of Prin, you get partnered at 14, are considered an elder at 17, and die at 19. Resources are scarce, and disease, especially from rainwater, is rampant. Esther, 15, doesn't fit in, and doesn't care; she hasn't partnered and consistently avoids doing the menia...

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