1 Jun 2014

Review: The Wasteland by Emily Sims

In another world, one far removed in time and space altogether, a timeless journey awaits. The path is steep, the road is long, and it encompasses a wild evil. Here, in a place entirely different from our own, we discover the lost remains of a once vast empire and a love story long forgotten.
In The Wasteland, set against a barren landscape, we find a terrified woman named Lylah. She races along the overgrown highways of a war-torn country, pursued by a deadly enemy. Try as she might, Lylah remembers nothing about her past or who she is. Without quite meaning to, she stumbles upon a sinister forest and a small tribe of people. They have dark skin and hair. They speak in thick accents. Nothing about them is familiar, but at least they’re safe.
As she struggles to unlock the keys to her past, Lylah falls deeply in love with this primitive way of life…a way of life she’s never known before. The tribe’s leader is a fearless man they call “Matteo.” He is formidable and abrasive, but Lylah is inexplicably drawn to him.
In spite of uncertainty, one thing remains: an evil force governs this rugged land. The Opposition uses its power to oppress the tribes-people and they are quickly closing in on Lylah. Will she summon the courage to face her past in time? Somehow, Lylah’s memories hold secrets that could destroy the Opposition and break its tyrannical power.

If you love stories with deep long lasting love connections, then you'll love The Wasteland. I was touched by the intense history between Lylah and Gabriel and the closer I came to the end of the story, the more I felt for the two characters. There is a serious love triangle here, something which I know a lot of people are a bit fed up with, but this has a darker twist to it, which makes it well worth reading.
I had hoped to learn more about the dystopian 'society' and how it came to be, but pretty much the entire story is dedicated to the main character, Lylah and her severe loss of memory (which did get on my nerves at times because it seemed to take a little too long to find out the truth!). However, this is clearly the first in a series so hopefully the next instalment will reveal much more about the actual history.
There were a few times when I was bit confused, but most was revealed towards the end, leaving me satisfied with the conclusion. Well, kind of - it did end on somewhat of a cliffhanger of a different kind.
I'd certainly want to read the next book in the series because I kind of fell in love with Gabriel and Lylah. Although I'm also keen to learn more about her sister Evelyn!
Review by Suzy Turner

The Author's Dream Cast
photo credit: david_shankbone via photopin cc
Anna Kendrick – Lylah
Image cc: Greg Hernandez
Alex O’Loughlin - Xavier
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Armie Hammer – Matteo
Image cc: Daniel Arevalo
Julianne Hough – Evelyn

Emily is a mother, writer, photographer, and home-schooler. She loves family, thrift shopping, chai lattes, good books, nature, and learning new things. She strives to find beauty and divinity in imperfect things…she searches for God in the earthy and the grit and the ordinary and the joyful stuff of life.
She lives in Texas with her husband and five children.

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