Title: The New Wild
Author: Holly Brasher
Series: Stand Alone
Publisher: Full Fathom Five
Source: Supplied by Publisher and Netgalley
Release Date: August 26 2015
Mother Nature is pissed.
Few will survive.
Jackie is loving her last year of summer camp, despite new-guy Xander, jerk extraordinaire. That is, until disaster strikes on the senior backpacking trip. At first, it seems like a nightmare, but Jackie quickly realizes that the huge fire and resulting carnage around her are as real as real gets.
Miraculously (and infuriatingly, in Jackie’s opinion), Xander survives the burning, too, but that’s the least of her worries. Mother Nature has wiped out millions and burned cities to the ground, plants are growing at a crazy-rapid rate, and fairytale creatures are very real—and very dangerous.
Jackie and Xander must learn to survive sans food, shelter, and soap, and battle their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?
The New wild is a unique twist on the Apocalypse story. Jackie is away at summer camp enjoying her last year as a camper with her friends, when everything changes. During a sleep-out Jackie finds herself lifted in the air while watching everything and everyone around her burn to a crisp, Jackie survives due to her eco friendly habits.
Mother Earth is sick of everyone ways, anything that is not natural is destroyed,the only humans left standing are those that are environmentally friendly.
Jackie now needs to make her way across the country back home by foot to see if her family and best friend are survivors.
Holly creates a terrifying and amazing world in The New Wild with Mother nature creating new creatures to occupy the world along with the survivors including a possessive and violent unicorn. I saw it as a new beginning the way the ice age wiped out the dinosaurs, the fire wiped out humans and their technology.
The mix of magic, terror and perseverance on Jackie’s part truly makes this book stand out in the all ready overworked genre, There is some graphic violence written but to me it doesn’t distract from the story at all if only to emphasise the wildness of their new world.
Jackie learns to survive in a horrifying dangerous world and risks everything to get home, but one thing I really loved is that fellow humans that Jackie meets along the way are kind and caring and willing to share what they have, unlike other Apocalyptic stories where human kind is the monster at the end of the world.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who likes fantasy, horror or apocalyptic stories, The New Wild is sure to thrill.