Wanderers (Wasteland Series #2)

Wanderers (Wasteland Series #2)

by Susan Kim, Laurence Klavan

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The Emmy Award nominee and Edgar Award-winning duo return readers to the postapocalyptic teen world, the Wasteland, in this thrilling sequel. Bestselling author of Criminal, Karen Slaughter, called Wasteland "a Lord of the Flies for future generations. An irresistible page-turner."

The former citizens of Prin are running out of time. The Source has been destroyed, so food is scarcer than ever. Tensions are rising . . . and then an earthquake hits.

With heart-pounding adventure and suspense, the stakes are even higher for Esther, Caleb, and the rest of their clan. They're pinning all their hopes on the road . . . but what if it's the most dangerous place of all?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062118561
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/25/2014
Series: Susan Kim's Wasteland Series , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 170,964
File size: 509 KB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan cowrote the graphic novels City of Spies and Brain Camp.

Susan is also 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, her family moved a lot, and the combination of being a) shy, b) the constant new kid, and c) the only Asian meant she was often picked on. In Guardians, she explores her thoughts and feelings about not just bullies but how others deal with them . . . and learn to stand up for themselves.

Laurence has also written the novels The Cutting Room, The Shooting Script, and the Edgar Award-winning Mrs. White and a short-story collection, The Family Unit and Other Fantasies. He received two Drama Desk nominations for the book and lyrics to Bed and Sofa, a musical produced by New York's Vineyard Theatre. Laurence was the baby in his family, the youngest of four brothers; even his twin brother was two minutes older. He learned that having little expected of you can be a source of power. So does Esther in Guardians: she has to finally accept being a leader of people before it's too late. She is sixteen, after all.

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Wanderers 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
MrSprinkleToes More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting read! When I first purchased this book, I had no idea it was part of a series. I suspected that when I saw on the cover "A Wasteland Novel". I thought that I may not like it, not understand it if I was starting a series on its second book. However, I had no problem reading it! It was very good, and well written. I am now looking into reading the other parts of the series!
vikingprincess1976 More than 1 year ago
 loved this book! I did not know it was part of a trilogy when I picked it up at the local used bookstore. I was still able to follow the plot even with it being part 2 of the series. I could not put it down and finished it in about 6 hours while waiting at the hospital with my husband.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) Esther and Caleb won against Levi, but what happens next? And where will their food come from with Levi out of the picture? This was an okay sequel, but I didn’t enjoy it as much as the first. Esther was the main character in this, and she had grown up a bit after her experiences in the first book. She seemed to be a bit more aware at some points, and then totally clueless at others though. The storyline was okay, although this was a fairly formulaic second book though, with loads of travelling. The things that happened to the group on the road were okay, but I just didn’t find them all that exciting. We did have one very sudden and unexpected death, which certainly caught my attention, and we had another twist a little later in the book that was interesting, but unfortunately for most of the book the story was pretty dull. There was some romance, but not a lot, and not from the characters expected either. We did get a very interesting development with Skar though. The ending was okay, and certainly wasn’t where I expected the story to end. I did think that there was generally just a bit of a lack of excitement in this book though. Overall; okay sequel, but not as good as the first. 6.25 out of 10.
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BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
I wanted to read the Wanderers because I enjoyed the first book and wanted to see what became of the village and especially of Ester and Caleb. I didn't remember a whole lot about it but the beginning does a good job of a short summary without feeling the info dump weight. We quickly got a handle on the characters again and their relation and thoughts about one another. One thing that still bugs me but I got used to was the weird perspective, I guess shifting third person but it seems to focus in a lot and then all of the sudden jump to another person with little to no warning or transition. I liked Caleb in this one, he is the strong type who leads and really thinks about other people and the well being but especially his relationship with Ester. Their little family including the baby from his deceased first wife (they don't live past teen years from something in the water or atmosphere, so family life happens early in this world set-up). Some of the same characters--Joseph and Sakar are in this one as well and we get more of a sense of their character, history and their attachment to our strong, compassionate Ester. She went through so many changes, losses and horrors but she still thinks of others and people look up to her. We also get some new secondary characters or get a character from the first and shine a new light on them where you can't help but admire. There was a lot going on in the romance department and not only for Ester, there was relationships brewing that I would have never speculated and others that were sweet in a way and then almost wrong in others. But all of this was kind of put on the back burner during the day, but when they stop on their journey for the night, they blossom. The bad guys were pretty cruel and I wanted to smack them in the usual fashion, but let me say that they get what's coming to them all in their own ways. There are some betrayals and schemes that they walk into because they don't have much of a choice. But as far as who works against them, Mundreel really took me by surprise but I almost pitied the kids until they took unnecessary measures. There were a few plot developments that I saw coming and almost hoped for but then again its so bittersweet that its hard even in its good news sense. There were some twists that took me by surprise and wasn't at all what I was thinking the story was going to go, but I can also see how it is a good stage for the next book to wrap up some things that are still not tied up. Also, thank goodness, we do get some insight on what happened to the world and water. It actually seems in the realm of possibility which really makes a chill go down my spine. Thanks to Joseph and his inquisitive nature that not only gives a point of reference and someone that isn't the normal in this world but shows Ester's protective nature and that she sees past things that others can't. Which started at a young age with her friendship with Skar. Speaking of whom, I loved how she was developed in this one, and I liked "getting into her head" as much as you can with the shifting narrative, but I loved the growth in her and the confidence that she gains in this book. This book was fast paced and kept my attention but I did feel like a dystopian Game of Thrones where people that I like are killed off, and I could scream. There are a few people that should be safe and then others that we want to be, but Kim and Klavan didn't hold things back. I can see how it helped them in the future to make certain alliances and that I couldn't help but like some of the characters that got more of a feature in romantics as a secondary character because of the deaths. The ending was good but I feel like a lot about Mundreel was rushed and not very well elaborated on, but I do know that I want to read the book and see what happens with the new struggle of power, and what Ester will do next for her friends, the strays they picked up along the way, and working towards not only survival but a better quality of life. Bottom Line: Fast paced account of the group of Prin citizens looking for a better life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago