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The Wasteland by K.A Knight
The world ended and with it so did the rules.
I was stolen from my family and raised in the Wastelands to the North. I did what I had to ensure my survival. I became The Champion, with my history carved into my skin for all to see.
Now I spend my days drinking and hiding from my past until four newcomers offer me a job I can’t refuse. When my past and future mix I must once again rise and fight. This time it’s not for my freedom, it's for my happiness.
*Contains triggers and a cliffhanger ending. This is a dark Dystopian RH.
Series: Their Champion #1
Genres: Dark, Dystopian, New Adult, Post-Apocalyptic, Reverse Harem, Romance
Format: ARC, eBook
I’m a fan of the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genres, so I was immediately intrigued by the blurb for this book. I’m not gonna lie, though; for the first third of this book, I didn’t particularly enjoy it. I honestly didn’t really like the heroine, nor did I feel like I could connect with her in any way. That’s an integral part of a story for me, and since I found that connection to be rather lacking, the book sort of dragged for me. Her attitude got old quick, and especially considering this book was written in the first person in her point of view, it wasn’t a huge draw.
After a certain point, though, it started to pick up and I felt more drawn into the story. There were some major insta-lust/insta-love themes that I was kind of meh about–I prefer the love to build and grow–but I enjoyed her guys, including one who doesn’t come in until much later and is pretty much a psycho. I started liking Worth/Taz a bit more, especially when she began to allow herself to be a little vulnerable with these men. She’s definitely a badass and I understand why she became so hardened, but I just don’t much care for that type of female character.
You get to know a bit of her past, but not a whole lot about the guys. You start to get a glimpse of their backgrounds, but not super in-depth, so I have a feeling that’ll come as the series progresses. There was a huge Mad Max vibe throughout the story; the world building was pretty well done and the explanation of the different fractions of people was interesting.
Honestly, I’m feeling slightly confused by this one. I certainly didn’t hate the book–I wouldn’t even go so far as to say I disliked it, but I didn’t love it either. I feel like the series has potential and I’ll probably read the next one when it comes out, especially since there’s a huge cliffhanger at the end and I’m curious to know how that’s handled in the next book, but this one was just okay for me. I’m not a big fan of the writing style and I honestly couldn’t tell you why that is, just that it wasn’t my favorite. I never really connected to the tone of her writing. It definitely wasn’t a bad book by any means, but it didn’t quite hit the mark for me. I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting, but I’ve seen tons of people recommend this book through book groups I’m in, so maybe my hopes were set a little too high. I’m not sure.
In any event, I’ll definitely be reading the next book and I do feel like there’s some major potential here. And as always, if this book sounds even the slightest bit interesting to you, don’t let my personal review keep you from reading it! Just because I didn’t 100% “click” with this book doesn’t mean you won’t. 🙂
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