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Sunday 8 October 2017

Review: Wilder Country

If you love dystopian narratives with nail-biting life-and-death situations, then Mark Smith's Wilder Country is for you.

Finn's journey from loner to friend and protector in Road to Winter continues, but even more is at stake in Wilder Country. Rosie is dead, her baby has been stolen by the Wilders and Finn and Kas have vowed to get her back.

When the winter freeze clears, marauders make every step away from home a risk, but there's no option if they want to save Rosie's baby from a life of slavery.

I loved the familiarity of coast-line and bush-walking scenes, but that was nothing compared to the gut-wrenching dilemmas Finn, a naturally gentle guy, faces in order to protect the ones he cares about.

Wilder Country is a quick, action-filled read. With ten-year-old Willow wanting to learn how to fight, post-traumatic stress affecting Kas and the need for food a constant priority, Wilder Country sped beneath my fingers. My only regret is that I have to wait until book three hits bookstore shelves.

Title: Wilder Country
Author: Mark Smith
Publisher: Text Publishing, $19.99
Publication Date: 28 August 2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925498530
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult