“Withered + Sere” Review

28507063Withered + Sere is a dystopian, or post apocalyptic novel. It’s the first of two books (as far as I know) and the story takes place in Idaho, after a terrible incident. The world is now a wasteland, with nothing ‘good’ left, only people trying to survive and those called “Dead Rabbits”, cannibals and murderers.

The setting and the plot reminded me a lot of the Fallout video game series, especially since the main protagonist, or antagonist, I’m not really sure what to classify him as yet, has a dog as a companion. That’s the setting of Fallout 4 too. But this world is way more brutal, and grotesque, and the novel is full of graphic descriptions. So if you’re sensitive to gore and mutilation, for example, this is not for you. I can’t handle things like that in a visual format, but text doesn’t affect me as much. I did physically cringe at a few points but it wasn’t anything too bad.

We follow the story of a guy named Cavalo, who after some unfortunate events, ends up with one of the Dead Rabbits in his custody. There is a lot of hostility, some kisses (which just made everything feel more intense because he would be loving a cannibal??) and a lot of bitching. People don’t trust Cavalo, people don’t trust the Dead Rabbit, but the newly formed government needs him and he’s sure as heck not going to give him up. The novel kinda ends at a cliffhanger so I don’t want to reveal too much of the plot, but the Dead Rabbit is very useful.

It’s a really neat dystopian novel, bringing out the best and worst of a post apocalyptic world. The people suck, the government suck, the world sucks.. But people are trying to make the best of it and survive. As a bonus, the novel includes a sarcastic robot, which is pretty great. Reminds me a lot of Codsworth, again from Fallout 4.

If you like dystopian and post apocalyptic fiction, I’d recommend this one. I rated it 5/5 on Goodreads because it’s honestly one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time. Well worth it. I’ve already started on the second novel, Crisped + Sere, so I’m looking forward to the continuation of this.

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What makes you want to read a book?

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That’s something I have been thinking about a lot lately. After I finished playing through the Bioshock series over the past week, I was interested in learning more about the fictional city called Rapture and how it ended up on the bottom of the ocean. Luckily, there is a novel written where they talk about Rapture and how it came to be and I immediately purchased it online. In many ways, video games inspire me to read more. I’ve read most, if not all of the books related to the Dragon Age series, the books related to Metro, a book related to the Elder Scrolls series and so on. It must be the great world building that makes me interested in knowing more about it.

When it comes to other types of books, I usually go for fantasy or adventure type books, mostly because I love dreaming about other worlds and realities.. But I can also enjoy a good non fiction book. But what makes you choose a book? That’s what I’m really curious about. Do you choose specific genres? Or specific authors? Like maybe just female or maybe just male? Do you prefer fiction or non fiction? Please let me know because I’m really curious. Do you ever choose or judge a book based on it’s literal cover?

Life update #1

As you can tell, this blog has been inactive for quite some time now. It has even changed it’s name, removed all of it’s posts and now it is a blank canvas for me to shape into what I want it to be. I was really unhappy with my blog. It was uninspiring, it just sucked every penny out of me when it comes to reviewing stuff and I just wasn’t having fun. So what have I been up to?

Since February 6th, I have been on an extended sick leave, and I still am. I have had an injury in my leg for nearly 20 years, and haven’t been able to do much with it. But now I’m having surgery on the 15th of May. So that will be “exciting”. Maybe I’ll be able to live without chronic open wounds for the first time in almost two decades. Would save me a lot of money when it comes to medical supplies.

I’ve applied to a university in a city called Kristiansand. It’s three hours south of where I live now and I’m really looking forward to moving there, assuming that I get accepted, of course. I applied for a bachelor degree in International Communication and Translation. Looking forward to that!

Apart from that, nothing new has happened, except for this whole revamp. This seems to happen once a year, but hopefully this will be the last time. I’m glad to still see you here with me, and I look forward to writing here again. Hope you’ve all been okay.