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Marr, creator of the best-selling, young adult Wicked Lovely fantasy series, ventures into dystopian fiction for grown-ups in this lassoing tale of survival and passion set in a desert beneath two moons. This is the Wasteland, where humans mysteriously appear. Each of the Arrivals is a killer. They do not age, they rarely die, and together they form a motley, moody band of frontier vigilantes. We meet a trigger-happy 1950s housewife, a gallant Prohibition bootlegger, and a hippie. They're kept in line by smart and focused Jack and his spell-casting sister, Kitty, who arrived from America's Wild West long ago. The heavily armed Arrivals fight off demons and dragonish beasts; break hearts; track their enigmatic enemy, the wealthy Ajani; and learn the ways of a twiggy, telepathic bloodsucker named Garuda. Then everything shifts when sexy Chloe arrives, fresh from a bar in 2010 Washington, D.C. Marr's sociopaths, romantics, and heroes are flinty and endearing; the spooky creatures, gunfights, mind-melds, lust, and love are diverting; and every facet of this clever, fun tale is stoked by peppery social commentary.--Seaman, Donna Copyright 2010 Booklist
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One by one, several "criminals and cutthroats" are pulled from our world into the Wasteland, a mysterious universe that resembles the American Wild West. They have nothing in common except a murderous past, but they band together to battle an avaricious bad guy who exploits the local populace and tries to recruit new arrivals into his band of thugs. YA author Marr (the Wicked Lovely novels) has come up with an intriguing premise, but she never fleshes it out, making this more a promising outline than a novel. Assorted monsters and villains are scattered around, including sort-of vampires called "bloedzuigers," kind-of dragons called "lindwurms," and a shadowy group of "trigger-happy monks" whose role in the narrative is never clarified. Cowboy Jack and his sister, Kitty, are interesting leads, but the other characters never spring to life. Readers hoping for a Western spin on Riverworld will be sorely disappointed. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.