Wasteland Marshalls #1
Publisher: Falstaff Books
Characters: Shane, Lucas
Genre: Series, Science Fiction, Paranormal
The world ended. Then things got tough.
Shane Collins and Lucas Maddox were US Marshals before. Before the world ended. Before civilization crumbled. Before Shane developed strange powers. Before there were monsters.
Now they’re still Marshals, but they ride through the wreckage of what once was the United States, helping the ragged groups of survivors they find survive against the challenges of a world gone insane, and the people who still want to exploit others. Because as long as there are people, there will be predators.
And as long as there are predators, there will be men and women who stand against them. Lucas and Shane are two of those men.
I loved the mix of post apocalyptic and paranormal in this story, and am looking forward to more in the series. The world building is fabulous, and I could easily imagine this dystopian future. I liked how the background and setting was very clear in my mind, without info dumping, within the first two pages.
I thought it was a very cool idea, which made a lot of sense, that the Amish would survive much better than a lot of the rest of society because they weren’t as reliant of modern technology. Ditto that those who were in re-enactment societies, and those with qualifications in history and folklore, would be at an advantage as they know about the older traditional ways of doing things. I love the mix of folk cures, medicine, science, and magic within society, and the geeks in the role of IT priests travelling between settlements to help keep the limited technology going. It made sense that universities would become villages with students having to take on what they were studying as professions.
I liked the friendship between Shane and Lucas, and their shared love of all things geeky with one of them into fantasy, and the other science fiction. It’s sad knowing that all they have of that kind of thing is their memories, as even books are scarce. I liked how Lucas deals with his ADHD without medication. It made a lot of sense, and I liked that he and Shane have flaws, and stuff they need to work through every day. The banter between them is great, and it’s obvious they are good friends who have known each other a while.
I thought the authors captured human nature very well, especially the realism that whatever the future brings, people will always be people. Most will work together and protect each other, but others will take advantage of the situation and only care about themselves.
I loved the twist at the end of the story and how it sets up for the rest of the series. More please.
I’d recommend this story to readers who a mix of supernatural and science, fabulous world building, great characters, and a page-turning plot. 5 out of 5 stars.