Sojourn - The Wildlands
July 30, 2015
In a dark future, follow seventeen year old Rayn Mirago as she leaves everything she knows behind, and embarks on a journey that will either prove her worth, or take her life. Rayn Mirago's seventeenth birthday is tomorrow, but there will be no party, no gifts, and no celebration. Like every other child in this world where humanity is on the brink of extinction and resources are at a premium, she must make her Sojourn across the former United States to prove her worth. The human race has nearly been wiped due to overpopulation, global warming, and our own ignorance and conceit. The coastal cities of the U.S. have been reclaimed by the ocean and the Midwest is now a vast desert wasteland known as the Deadlands. The remaining fifty thousand or so survivors in the old United States now live in one of five walled cities, called Enclaves where they eek out a meager existence. Rayn's Sojourn begins when she steps through the gates of the Vegas Enclave and into the vast wilderness between the old city and Deadlands, an area known as the Wildlands. She will face many struggles and dangers that will challenge her, make her doubt herself, and force her to realize that she is stronger than she ever imagined. But first, she must overcome the burden of leaving her old life, everything and everyone she has ever known and loved behind.
Great characters...I was instantly in love with Rayn!
The storyline is original and exciting.
Good pacing and the writing style is easy...read most of it the first night.
I've only been reading YA for a few years, and I have enjoyed most of the titles I've picked up, but I was blown away by this book. It looks like it was self published back in 2013 and then picked up by Fire & Ice publishing in 2015. I can't understand why it wasn't picked up by a publisher two years ago.
The writing style is loose and easy, with a strong voice from the main character, Rayn. The story is unique and interesting and actually has something to say about where the world may be heading if we're not careful.