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“My name is Dahlia but I’m called a Plaguer, a person who survived the Bloody Death. When the virus first hit the world, it ravaged the human race. I thought I was lucky to survive it but survival comes at a cost. Ever since the sickness, I see things and I’m hunted for these visions.
Some seek me out because they want to keep their secrets safe. They don’t want the world to know the truth of what they are. Others, like Dax, want my knowledge. Dax has secrets of his own but as long as he helps me evade the Dark Walkers, he can keep them.
This book is for all the Plaguers, the truth sayers branded and marked as liars, often hunted and sometimes forgotten. This book is for the girl who was right.”
This book….was nothing short of wild. It was crafted beautifully and I have to give Donna Augustine all due respect for having crafted it.
The plot was unbelievable. I guessed nothing correctly and that is always delicious. Every piece of dialogue, every word of description, every character held purpose. Nothing was wasted on mindless drivel that I didn’t care about. There was a twist I never expected and didn’t see coming until I was basically reading it. On top of that, the ending was wrapped up neatly so that it wasn’t an ugly cliffhanger. Augustine gave us a bunch of questions and “Will this happen and how will it go down?” scenarios and then answered them all. Then, of course, gave us one more question to ponder and left it up to us to decide if we wanted it answered.
I adored the characters. Dax, Dhalia, and the others that weren’t mentioned in the synopsis so I won’t spoil them in the review. They were complex and complicated, gosh, they were anything except simple. I saw pain, happiness (albeit there was only a small amount of this), determination, anger, kindness…just everything. The emotions were delivered properly through the characters and their actions and the dialogue.
I was especially impressed with Dhalia. She didn’t become a cliche heroine. She was naive because of the time she spent isolated and that naïveté caused some awkward situations. But they made sense to me so I appreciated them. I’m glad that Augustine didn’t make her act like a regular person who had been around people 24/7, because she hadn’t.
I admittedly love Dax. I love his cold interior and his firm reactions. I love that he doesn’t tolerate nonsense but obviously can joke around. I like that Augustine didn’t allow him to suddenly become a happy flirtatious ball of hormones once it was convenient. He has a stone cold heart with a moat and a wall around it that would make maximum security prisons jealous. I’m sure he will change as the series goes on, but I really did enjoy reading about him.
There’s no romance!!! I am sure it will come in later books, but I don’t care. There was no romance in this book and I loved it. The characters were focused on their goals and I loved that. There is a generous lack of lustful stares, heat pooling in stomachs, “fiery kisses”, etc, it was all missing.
Overall, I’m really happy with The Wilds. Augustine provided me with a book I didn’t expect and I loved every minute of it (even when I was suffering from second-hand embarrassment).
Official Rating: 5/5
Would you Recommend The Wilds? Yes!