Book Review: Wastelanders by Tim Hemlin

Until I read “A Friend in Need” coauthored by two of my favorite YA time travel fantasy authors, Lex Lynam and Chess Desalls, I had never read nor even encountered Tim Hemlin. That book inspired me to read Tim Hemlin’s Wastelanders because his characters were interesting.

The Wastelanders by Tim Hemlin coverWastelanders is a dystopian novel with a bit of the mystical  tossed in. A post apocalyptic world in which major cities are contained in a force field bubble and the driving force behind the government is the water cartel. The area outside the bubble beyond the rim is considered a wasteland and few people live there. Those who do consist of scavengers, peace loving religious groups,  gun runners, prostitution rings and the dredges of society.

The plot is very well developed with a battle for control of the nation between the Water Cartel and patriots. There is some level of suspense as the force behind a major destructive event within the bubble is not clearly revealed and is the purported reason for the government strike against those living in the wasteland.

I really liked the characters. The protagonist was a peace loving priest and warrior of necessity. The antagonists, as there were more than one in this three sided war, were easy to hate. I like how the author developed the characters by their belief in reincarnation and the internalized revelation of the historical characters the antagonists believed themselves to be.

I wouldn’t call Wastelanders a time travel tale, but, there are characters who are able to bend time to their advantage and that was a talent I found quite unique in the world of fantasy. Others, among both the good and bad, had some level of prescience. These talents definitely made the story interesting with the foreboding foreknowledge that often was related in a very inspecific manner. The type of prophesy that is hidden in vague words until the event happens to make it clear.

An Excellent read; I really enjoyed this tale, it is appropriate for all ages of readers.


Grandma Peachy

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I am a retired grandmother and amateur quilter. Generally I do not discuss religion and politics with people other than my family and even then I do more listening than talking. Because I dislike confrontation this blog is a way for me to express opinions that I hold on these and other issues without having to delve into controversial discussions with others who may not agree with me. I am also an avid supporter of indie authors. There are a lot of great books that are not available through traditional publishing and I believe that these stories need to be brought to the attention of the reading public.
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2 Responses to Book Review: Wastelanders by Tim Hemlin

  1. saharafoley says:

    Sounds like a blending of Water Babies, Water World and Mad Max, with some magic thrown in.

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