Bugs scare me. That may be why some call Slavemakers by Joseph Wallace thriller, but I call it horror. What a petrifying but beautifully written world to imagine!
From the back of the book:
The new postapocalyptic thriller from the author of Invasive Species
IT’S THEIR TERRITORY NOW.
Twenty years ago, venomous parasitic wasps known as “thieves” staged a massive, apocalyptic attack on another species—Homo sapiens—putting them on the brink of extinction.
But some humans did survive. The colony called Refugia is home to a population of 281, including scientists, a pilot, and a tough young woman named Kait. In the African wilderness, there’s Aisha Rose, nearly feral, born at the end of the old world. And in the ruins of New York City, there’s a mysterious, powerful boy, a skilled hunter, isolated and living by his wits.
As the survivors journey through the wastelands, they will find that they are not the only humans left on earth. Not by a long shot.
But they may be the only ones left who are not under the thieves’ control...
This story is fully immersive. The setting is so dire and yet so rich. There is an odd sense of wanting to be a part of what I would think is a rebirth of the world without the overpopulation of man as a destructive force. However you certainly don't get the feeling it would be a nice reality either, since, well, yeah, there are nasty things out there in the newly birthing world.
I found it really interesting that the perspectives were so unique yet all of them rang true as the narration flipped between characters who all had their own experiences in the new world. It is my understanding that this story is a follow up to Invasive Species, but I read it just fine as a stand alone. That said I will read the first part because I loved the style and would be interested to see how things started.
This book was a mix of science fiction and horror, with a good deal of action and drama in-between. It should appeal to broad range of readers. It has a great pace and a very satisfying conclusion. Well done.
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