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In the future, there are the privileged citizens living in the closed-off city of Arcone, and the desert-dwelling Wanderers who barely are able to survive. When one Wanderer decides to attack Arcone, it brings together Kean and Essa, two teenagers from opposite worlds who form an unlikely bond. Pat Young performs with a cool edge that conveys the otherworldliness of Roger Davenport's postapocalyptic scenario, but his style increases in animation as the plot gains even more momentum and suspense. Wanderer is an exciting new vision for fans of young adult dystopia such as the Hunger Games series.

Summary

If the desert doesn't kill them, the city will.

Two teenagers come together in a future where staying alive is the only ambition. Here in a vast lost valley, society has split into two: the Wanderers, who team together to battle against the elements and each other in the harsh world of the desert, and those who live in the pyramid-city of Arcone, whose closed environment and tightly controlled society enable them to maintain a more civilized existence in the face of an environmentally devastated planet. Conflict is inevitable....

Kean is a Wanderer, adopted into a team that has protected him since he was a child. Essa lives with her parents in the pyramid, and chafes at the mental and physical restrictions the government enforces to protect its people. But when a rogue Wanderer plans an attack on the city to gain its resources for his people, Kean and Essa's paths collide with an impact that will alter their lives forever.

The next in a line of post-apocalyptic coming-of-age stories that began with Lois Lowry's masterpiece, The Giver, and moved on through the Hunger Games series, Wanderer is a journey of danger, growth, friendship, and hope for a new generation.

©2013 Roger Davenport (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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