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The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy
  

The Dead Lands

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In RED MOON, Percy reinvented the werewolf and made the monster both terrifying and sympathetic in a twisted sort fo way. In THE DEAD LANDS, he breathes vigorous new life into the post-apocalyptic landscape. A virus has decimated humanity and a small group of survivors live oppressed behind the walls of Sanctuary, a last city. But what lies beyond? Has some form of civilisation survived and in what form? Is there hope or more despair? A motley group escape the tyranny and travel across the devastated landscape. A bleak trek that unveils following a peculiar young girl with strange powers, whose own motives are far from straightforward. The journey is perilous and many perish only to come face to face with the most unexpected foes and allies. Fascinating characters you quickly identify with, insidious dread, surprises when you least expect them: Percy orchestrates this often lyrical ballad of devastation with skill and a welter of colourful details. A book that will stick in your mind long after the story ends. ~ Maxim Jakubowski

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The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy

Like Stephen King's The Stand before it, THE DEAD LANDS is an incredible novel set across the sprawling landscape of a nightmarish post-apocalyptic American West. The world we know is gone, destroyed by a virus that wiped out nearly every human on the planet. Some few survivors built walled cities, fortresses to keep themselves safe from those the virus didn't kill...but did change. Sanctuary. A citadel in the heart of the former United States of America. Hundreds of miles in every direction beyond its walls lies nothing but death and devastation. Everyone who lives in the safety Sanctuary provides knows that. Until the day a stranger appears. She speaks of a green and fertile land far to the west, a land of promise and plenty, safe from the ruin the virus has wreaked. She has come to lead the survivors away from Sanctuary, to the promise of a new life without walls. But those who follow her will discover that not everything she says is true.

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'Benjamin Percy is one of the most gifted and versatile writers to appear in American publishing in years... His prose has the masculine power of Ernest Hemingway's, but also the sensibilities and compassion of Eudora Welty. His writing is like a meeting of Shakespeare and rock 'n' roll. Benjamin Percy knows how to keep it in E-major, and what a ride it is.' James Lee Burke, author of Feast Day of Fools

'With RED MOON one of our most blazingly gifted young writers stakes his claim to national attention. Benjamin Percy has one great advantage over most writers who attempt literary horror : he understands the literature of real horror from the inside out, and he speaks it like a native. This is a novel with the power to thrill and transport, also to lead the reader welll out of her comfort zone and into emotional territory few people have ever seen.' Peter Straub

About the Author

Benjamin Percy

Benjamin Percy is the award-winning author of the novel, The Wilding (forthcoming from Graywolf, September 28, 2010), as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh (Graywolf, 2007) and The Language of Elk (Carnegie Mellon, 2006). Publishers Weekly gave The Wilding a starred review, saying Percy's excellent debut novel...digs into the ambiguous American attitude toward nature as it oscillates between Thoreau's romantic appreciation and sheer gothic horror... It's as close as you can get to a contemporary Deliverance. Percy's honors include a Whiting Writers Award, the Plimpton Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories. His fiction and nonfiction appear in Esquire (where he is a regular contributor), Outside, Men's Journal, the Paris Review, Orion, Tin House, Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, and many other magazines and journals. He teaches in the MFA program at Iowa State and can be found online at benjaminpercy.com.

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Publication date

8th October 2015

Author

Benjamin Percy

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
416 pages

Categories

Horror
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ISBN

9781444770056

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