The Wildlands

The Wildlands

From the award winning author of The Lightkeepers comes a page turning new novel that explores the bond between siblings and the animal instincts that threaten to destroy them. When a Category 5 tornado ravaged Mercy, Oklahoma, no family in the small town lost more than the McClouds. Their home and farm were instantly demolished, and orphaned siblings Darlene, Jane, and Cor From the award winning author of The Lightkeepers comes a page turning new novel that explores the bond between sibli...

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Title:The Wildlands
Author:Abby Geni
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:1619022346
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The Wildlands Reviews

  • JanB
    Sep 26, 2018
    An easy 5 stars! The author?s writing is beautiful and completely captivating. All the elements come together to make this a riveting read. The audiobook?s narrator, Carol Monda, was excellent and when I wasn?t listening I was looking for a way to do so. When a tornado rips t...
  • Brian
    Sep 06, 2018
    Four children survive an awful tornado that leaves their farm gone and their father deceased. The kids struggle and end up living in a trailer park. However, after a family fight, the only son, Tucker leaves the girls behind to fend for themselves. Years later, Tucker reappears to take...
  • Gloria
    Sep 27, 2018
    A rather typical family in Oklahoma is first devastated by the death of the mother, a woman with an affinity for animals and nature who will bequeath this characteristic to her son. This story opens with a tornado that in its sheer magnitude takes the life of the father and the family ...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Sep 11, 2018
    Another solid novel from Abby Geni centered on the interactions between humans and the natural world. The McClouds? lives change forever when a horrific tornado rips though their Oklahoma home, leaving the four children orphaned. Tucker, the second oldest, runs away shortly after,...
  • Will Byrnes
    Oct 04, 2018
    This is the story of the summer I disappeared - Cora McCloud I don?t think we?re in Kansas any more - Dorothy Gale ?the tornado was not an act of God, but an act of nature. The wild had come to Mercy that day, as she and her siblings cowered in the bunker, the full force of the ...
  • Elizabeth
    Oct 01, 2018
    i really liked this. it is a grim read but so well told that it was easy to keep reading. after a deadly tornado leaves 4 siblings orphaned the family quickly fractures. told from different perspectives this story unfolds as tucker & his younger sister hit the interstate & atte...
  • Jill
    Sep 17, 2018
    Some of the best contemporary books in literature teach us how to be human. But what does ?being human? mean? Are we elevated from the rest of the animal species by our conscience and our ability to feel compassion? Or are we the most selfish and dangerous predators that ever liv...
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    Jul 10, 2018
    ?The Wildlands. Uncultivated land. Cultivation?that?s what humans do.? Geni?s latest and exciting literary thriller once again examines the liminal space between humans and wildlife, while depicting how compassion can mutate to corruption and danger. In this novel, Geni?...
  • Ericka Seidemann
    May 06, 2018
    Four orphans living in a trailer in Oklahoma are just trying to scrape by after a tornado destroyed their home and family. Tucker, the only brother, runs off, and Darlene, the eldest, takes on the responsibility of caring for her two younger sisters, forgoing her dream of going to coll...
  • Cassie Gutman (happybooklovers)
    Nov 10, 2018
    This is one I can tell I will be thinking about for a long long time. So powerful and thoughtful and unsettling and lovely. ...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Sep 22, 2018
    ?But it was Tucker who worried Darlene the most. Something was happening to him--something she could not identify. He was speeding up, growing more intense by the day. Their great loss had created a mechanism inside his person--buried in his chest or the core of his brain--and it was...
  • Karen
    Sep 22, 2018
    Some books should come with a warning. Since Abby Geni neglected to provide one, allow me. Get yourself a glass of water. Don?t want water? Pick a different beverage, but do NOT sit down to read this book before making sure your physical needs are met. Use the restroom, take your dog...
  • Gretchen
    Sep 22, 2018
    I loved this book every bit as much as ? and maybe more than ? The Lightkeepers. I wouldn?t have guessed that possible. It was a beautiful, elegant, devastating read from start to finish. The final scene was more moving than anything I?ve read in recent memory and it easily bro...
  • andrew y
    Nov 03, 2018
    It is very unusual to read a book which so quickly vaults all others of the entire year. Not just the best book of the year. One of the best I have ever read. First "absolute favorite" since April 2017. Yes I have many more thoughts about this book. But they're being saved for a ne...
  • Charles Finch
    Oct 20, 2018
    My review from USA Today * From the moment Abby Geni?s second novel starts, you know you?re in good hands. She?s describing the surreal effects of a tornado in a small Oklahoma town. A bird flies backwards; an umbrella turns a couple times, then floats ?straight into the ...
  • Kelly
    Sep 16, 2018
    I can?t say enough about this novel. It blends a unique and exciting plot with wonderful fully developed characters. Abby Geni has an amazing way of being descriptive, particularly bringing animals and nature to life in a way that I could visualize them. She does this seamlessly wit...
  • Jaimirsky
    Sep 28, 2018
    This book had me hooked on the first page. The writing is beautiful and the story and characters are compelling throughout. ...
  • Jeanette
    Sep 06, 2018
    The writing was 4 star. But my enjoyment and interest festered rather than bloomed. The emotion that this book seeped- that was probably the 5 star bulls-eye for others. For me it just became almost too off putting for me to continue. I left it after the section titled August for some ...
  • Len Joy
    Sep 25, 2018
    I started this book after takeoff from Sydney headed for San Francisco. I finished an hour after we passed over Hawaii. It?s not a page turner in the sense that you have to keep reading to find out what happens next ? it is simply an engrossing, compelling, compassionate story that...
  • Kelly Morgan
    Sep 21, 2018
    An unusual coming of age story about a family who continually faces the unthinkable. One tragedy after another places four children in a trailer park as orphans. The tragedy that took place at the inception was the horrific category 5 tornado that cost the children the patriarch of the...
  • Janelle
    Sep 26, 2018
    Review to come... ...
  • Rachel León
    Aug 20, 2018
    Sometimes it's hard to know how many stars to give a book. Not this time--5 solid stars all the way. ...
  • Thomas Benz
    Oct 28, 2018
    Abbi Geni writes as well as anyone about the natural world and how it intersects with and surrounds our own. "The Wildlands" is the latest example of this gift, demonstrating a powerful lyricism highlighting the sights, sounds and rhythms of a planet which, given the constant pressures...
  • Lisa
    Sep 22, 2018
    "This is all true, you know. This really happened." The McCloud family is known as the saddest family in Mercy, Oklahoma. First the mother died during childbirth to Cora. Six years later, a tornado ripped over their farm, killing their father. The oldest brother, Tucker, becomes wi...
  • Jennifer Harris
    Sep 17, 2018
    Excellent!!!! Loved all the Oklahoma aspects too. I loved this author?s other book as well. ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Sep 20, 2018
    An easy, deliberate 5 stars! In the prologue of The Wildlands, a family is quickly preparing for a Category 5 tornado. They live on a farm and are working to secure the animals and themselves before disaster potentially strikes. I read The Wildlands as a hurricane was leaving an ind...
  • Varsha Ravi (between.bookends)
    Aug 18, 2018
    I?ve previously read and loved Abby Geni?s short story collection, The Last Animal and her debut novel, The Lightkeepers. So I was very excited to get to this and I?m glad to report that it was worth a read. The Wildlands, to me, felt like a slight deviant from her usual style. W...
  • Bruce Katz
    Jul 06, 2018
    Solid 4.5 and I'm not sure myself why I didn't add that extra 1/2 point. (Well, I do, but...) "Wildlands" is every bit as well-written and engaging as "Lightkeepers," but quite different in subject, tone, and atmosphere. As other reviewers have pointed out, the book begins with catastr...
  • Acacia Ives
    May 05, 2018
    I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. She?s done it again! This story of family and relationships is solid, beautiful and raw. I thought there was no way I?d like it as much as The Lightkeepers but I?m so happy I was proved wrong. The natural world is described w...
  • Travel.with.a.book
    Nov 08, 2018
    From the award winning author of The Lightkeepers comes a page turning new novel that explores the bond between siblings and the animal instincts that threaten to destroy them. When a Category 5 tornado ravaged Mercy, Oklahoma, no family in the small town lost more than the McClouds...