Wonderblood is Julia Whicker's fascinating literary debut, set in a barren United States, an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the land in strange and dangerous carnivals. A mad cow-like disease called "Bent Head" has killed off millions. Those who remain worship the ruins of NASA's space shuttles, and Cape Canaveral is their Mecca. Medicine and science have been rejected in favor of magic, prophecy, and blood sacrifice.
When traveling marauders led by the bloodthirsty Mr. Capulatio invade her camp, a young girl named Aurora is taken captive as his bride and forced to join his band on their journey to Cape Canaveral. As war nears, she must decide if she is willing to become her captor's queen. But then other queens emerge, some grotesque and others aggrieved, and not all are pleased with the girl's ascent. Politics and survival are at the centre of this ravishing novel.
Keywords: dystopian, post apocalyptic, free, freebie, science fiction
What would you do if you found out everything you believed in was a lie?
There is a rustling in the wind. Lights in the distance. The smell of scorched flesh.
An evil like no other threatens to destroy a peaceful world.
NotSoGreatBritAlbion is a land ravaged by famine and disease. Animal life is almost extinct. People are scattered, living in dread of the dominating Agros that rule what is left of the human race - except for those who inhabit the sterile outpost, Cityplace.
When the Agros cut food supplies and children go missing, the dwindling population become desperate to find a warrior to free them from subjugation. Whispers of a saviour have brought them to the perimeter fences of the capital. Now, starving renegades gather, ready to storm the last haven in NotSoGreatBritAlbion. They want Adara, Catcher of Birds.
17-year-old orphan, Adara, isn’t like the other girlygigs. She has an untapped power, raw and unstoppable. Can she control it to save save the terrified people from a vicious and deadly force?
“If you like action, and science fiction then you’ll appreciate one of the first books EVER that gives you high powered adrenalin with chilling revelations of utter suspense!”
“Think, 'Lord of the Flies' meets the wild children in 'Beyond Thunderdome.”
Whisper Gatherers is a great addition to the dystopian/Sci-fi tradition of authors such as Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, Bella Forest, Patrick Ness, Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Atwood.
After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon by the government or the fanatical Purity Warriors, endlessly hunted or locked up in laboratories, brutalized for years on end. She is determined to save even those who have been complicit with this evil out of fear or weakness—if, indeed, they can be saved.
Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters and elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal—and rediscover the light and faith within themselves. For although from the time of her birth, she has been The One, she is still only one. And as she faces down an old nemesis, sets her sights on the enemy’s stronghold, and pursues her destiny—to finally restore the mystical shield that once protected them all—she will need an army behind her...