Book Review, Dystopian, Series, Thriller

Wasteland (Operation Galton, #2) by Terry Tyler


‘Those who escape ‘the system’ are left to survive outside society. The fortunate find places in off-grid communities; the others disappear into the wasteland.’

The year is 2061, and in the new UK megacities, the government watches every move you make. Speech is no longer free—an ‘offensive’ word reaching the wrong ear means a social demerit and a hefty fine. One too many demerits? Job loss and eviction, with free transport to your nearest community for the homeless: the Hope Villages.

Rae Farrer is a megacity girl through and through, proud of her educational and career achievements, until a shocking discovery about her birth forces her to question every aspect of life in UK Megacity 12.

On the other side of the supposedly safe megacity walls, a few wastelanders suspect that their freedom cannot last forever…

Wasteland is the stand-alone sequel to Hope, and is the second and final book in the Operation Galton series.


One of my favorite go-to dystopian authors, is Terry Tyler with her superb character development, prophetic writing style, and shocking plot twists. 

Rae’s decision to find her family in the Wasteland is fraught with peril, but she was deprived of a mother, a brother, and a sister for 22 years and she is determined to find them. With her friend Ginerva’s help they have concocted a plan to get her out of the restricted and rigid UK Megacity with its brainwashing and demerits for swearing and talking negative about the system, and into the Wasteland with it’s more rugged and simple way of life full of drugs and gangs. What Rae finds out about her family is not what she expected, but that’s the least of her worries.

The characters in this book are so diverse. There are characters you love and there are characters you are destined to hate.  Rae is alone and naive, but with the quiet and direct Ace’s help she learns quickly how to survive in the unknown. Rae’s family is a surprise and I will let you discover that on your own by reading the book.  

The plot is definitely prophetic, staggering, and horrifying as history repeats itself.  As a dystopian story, this is not a feel-good book, but it is a gripping and disturbing look at a future gone bad.  I could not put it down and I recommend it highly!  Also, though this is book 2 in a series, it can definitely be read as a standalone.

Thank you to Terry once again for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


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Terry TylerTerry Tyler is the author of twenty books available from Amazon, the latest being Blackthorn, set in a post-apocalyptic England, 115 years in the future. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

Terry is a Walking Dead addict and has a great interest in history (particularly 14th-17th century), and sociological/cultural/anthropological stuff, generally. She loves South Park, Netflix, autumn and winter, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees. She lives in the northeast of England with her husband.

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