Book Chat: Wasteland

The sequel in Surviving the Evacuation series.




Billions died during the global civil war that followed the outbreak. Anarchy took grip. Chaos ruled. The world collapsed. In Britain, the evacuation failed. Nowhere is safe from the undead.

Three months after the outbreak, Bill Wright has found safety in a ruined Abbey in southern England, but he is still alone. All he has for company are the files sent to him before the outbreak by the shadowy Washington fixer he only knows as Sholto. On those, he believes he has found the origins of the undead, and the vast conspiracy in which he discovers he played an unwitting part.

He needs answers, and knows the only place they will be found is at the facility that created the virus. With the wasteland infested with zombies, travelling there is not easy. Motorways, reinforced during the evacuation, now form a barrier of living death, forcing him west, towards a stately home he once knew as a child. There he rescues a woman, Kim, and together they rescue two children. But as they meet more survivors, he discovers that there are more dangerous things than the undead in the British wasteland.


Bill has made it to Brazely Abbey and it’s pretty secure but he knows he’ll be running out of food by the winter. He decides to try for Lenham Hill. Sure, the government bunker should have plenty of supplies if he can get in, but his ultimate goal is the virus. Is it still stockpiled there? If so, he wants to make sure it is destroyed.

Meeting other survivors feels good to Bill at first, especially after rescuing Karen. The teen Annette and the baby Daisy are also welcome new members. But he’s not sure about a small group they meet later. There’s something “off” about each one and Bill doesn’t trust them. As a reader I didn’t either.

After the new group members read Bill’s journal (scumbags for reading a person’s private journal!), they are angry and accusatory; he is the creator of the evacuation plans.

Bill was correct in not trusting the new people, who betray him and Karen by leaving them to the zombies, and running off with Annette and Daisy. They persevere and are determined to get the kids back from the others.

There’s lots of fighting zombies and surviving, but this book didn’t have the tense, exciting feel of the first novel. The series has me hooked but I hope the next book edges back to the intensity of the first. Series recommended for zombie fans and those who love Britain as a setting like I do.


NOTE: All my reviews are published in Uncaged Book Reviews emag. This review will be in the October issue.