The Wasteland Chronicles: Origins Review

Plot summary for Origins: Wasteland Chronicles 2:

Ragnarok was only the beginning.

Buried in Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado, is the massive Bunker One. Long conquered by the spawn of the xenovirus, it is now the mission of Alex Keener, Samuel Neth, and Makara Angel to find the fallen Bunker, or die trying. Contained within are the mysterious Black Files, which may be the key to stopping the xenovirus before it is too late.

By the second book my thoughts are torn on how I really feel about the series so far. On one hand I am very lenient in my review because this is Kyle West‘s first book as far as I know. I am told by the fourth book the series picks up and by then West has found his true writer’s voice. With that in mind I am very much able to ignore minor dialogue issues and small nit picks within the story that could of been fleshed out. What I do like is the setting of the story, it’s filled with bad ass raiders and wastelanders struggling to survive. What is there not to love?

Some of the faults that this book has is what I believe is referred to as the Young Adult dilemma. We have a coming to age story where the main character discovers who he is and what he can do to help. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but if you have read this story before you can easily predict where it may lead. Not that I wasn’t surprised, but it’s a story that has been told many of times. (First time in as Post Apocalyptic world for me though!)

Maybe it’s because I’m not a teenager anymore, but I would of liked some more mature themes in this story. Perhaps some more gore or a greater sense of danger the characters may face. Perhaps I’ve just been spoiled by Brian Keene but I never feel like these characters are in any real danger. Sure they face incredible obstacles and challenges, however the manner in which they survive is in a almost all too convenient fashion.

Again I’m not giving this book a bad review, these are just my pet peeves as a reader. I like more horror in my post apocalyptic books. Where it lacks in horror it does make up for it through science fiction. We do get to see space ships and aliens introduced into this story, so I have yet to feel bored while reading through this book.

I give this book three and a half stars. It isn’t perfect and it has it’s share of faults, but overall it does a great job keeping me feeling invested in the story.

3 zombies

I should note that the author is currently revising this series from the ground up. The first book is going to be triple the size it currently is now. So if you are really against reading this book without said flaws (but still want to experience it’s awesomeness.) then wait until the final version is released


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