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The Wasteland Saga

(The Wasteland Saga #1-3)

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Nick Cole sends us on a suspenseful odyssey into the dark heart of post-apocalyptic America in this three-part adventure

Forty years after a devastating thermonuclear Armageddon, mankind has been reduced to sal-vaging the ruins of a broken world. In a style that's part Hemingway and part Cormac McCarthy's The Road, The Wasteland Saga chronicles the struggle of the Old Man,
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Paperback, 672 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Harper Voyager
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Liz Barnsley
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Kate at Harper Collins for randomly sending me this terrific book.

Forty years after a devastating thermonuclear Armageddon, mankind has been reduced to salvaging the ruins of a broken world. In a style that’s part Hemingway and part Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, The Wasteland Saga chronicles the struggle of the Old Man, his granddaughter, and a mysterious boy as they try to survive the savage lands of this new American Dark Age.

This novel is made up of three interconnecting stories –
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Jake
Oct 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian
I previously read The Old Man and the Wasteland and The Savage Boy. I just happened to notice Nick Cole was releasing The Road is a River a couple of weeks ago while I was browsing around Amazon. I liked the first two books so much, I decided I would just buy the Wasteland Saga to throw the author a little extra money. I signed up for an advanced purchase and it hit my Nexus 7 a few days ago. To say I was overjoyed is an understatement. I tore through the book in a day and a half.

This book picks
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Tammy
This review is for The Road is a River. Please see my separate reviews for Old Man and the Wasteland and the Savage Boy.

Oh my. I loved the Road is a River as much as the Reapers are the Angels and On the Beach. And that is high praise indeed.

I was hooked from the first Chapter:

"The worst is when you imagine the grief of your loved ones after you have gone."
"that is the love of staying when you know you must go."

This theme of letting it go and taking it with you is brilliantly woven through the e
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Cristián
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I've already reviewed the "Old Man and the Wasteland" and "The Savage Boy" (which I highly recommend you read) so I'll just review "The Road is a River" here.
As with the previous books it's as much an adventure of what happens to the main character as with his internal struggle. By reading his thoughts constantly you can understand him better, his fears, his strengths and how he evolves to become a better man.
Comparing it to "The Savage Boy" it feels a little lacking of action and it's definitel
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Jen Rothmeyer
Feb 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
INTRODUCTION | The world as we knew it ended forty years ago. A wave of low-yield nuclear bombs targeting many large American cities and then a subsequent invasion changed the landscape forever. Survivors have no idea what is going on as they battle radiation, starvation, and a complete breakdown of American society. It’s the new dark age.

The Wasteland Saga is comprised of three short novels and each focuses on a different challenge. The first, The Old Man and the Wasteland, begins in a small vi
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Chris
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Road Is a River: A Satisfying Completion of The Circle for Cole’s Wasteland Saga

In this review I’m largely focusing on the third book in Cole’s Wasteland Saga, The Road Is a River. I’ve reviewed the first two books in separate posts. Road was a comfortable book for me. What I mean by that is that it returned me to the Old Man’s world and perspective (after Savage Boy’s change in focus), and that felt like putting on an old pair of shoes—not only comfortable but reliable. I found Road to be a
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Fiona Brichaut
I loved this saga and didn't want it to end. I've read a lot of PA novels but I think this series will stay in my memory and be one of the few that I'll remember for a long time. It's comparable in some ways to Earth Abides, another all-time favourite of mine.

I like when PA novels are more about the people than "stuff". How society evolves and how people act in extreme situations, rather than about buildings, technology, politics, economics, etc. This saga is indeed about a wasteland, both physi
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Tom
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Closing to the Wasteland series... not sure if the portion I'm reviewing (The Road is a River) is even available as a stand-alone book? I purchased the full saga (3 parts), just so I could get to this one, which I hadn't read yet. Anyway, these comments pertain only to this final portion. See my other reviews for the other two.

The author gives an apology of sorts up front for what happened in the second book The Savage Boy but in my view, no apology needed. Grim times, grim things happen. No apo
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A.K. Meek
May 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This review covers the third novel in the Wasteland Saga, The Road is a River. I've reviewed the first two parts, Old Man and Savage Boy separately.

I’m a fan of the series and of the author. Even though this is the third part, Nick saves the best for last. In my humble opinion, Road is the best because it follows the Old Man and the Savage Boy and their entwined story, finishing their journeys.

But it’s the beauty through the destruction that is most remarkable. Through the lawlessness, through
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Rose
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The final book in this trilogy, The Road is a River, is only available when when you buy this set. All three are really good but The Savage Boy was my favorite. I have posted my reviews separately for each story so I won't re-post them here but I will leave the links (if I managed to do this right):

The Old Man and the Wasteland. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

The Savage Boy. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

The Road is a River. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

This was a p
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Charles Nelson
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was an exceptional collection of stories. I bought the book because I'm a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, but this was far more satisfying, in every respect. This was well written and multi-layered which any fan of good fiction will appreciate.

As one other poster suggested, I was compelled to read Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea" after reading the first story "The Old Man and the Wasteland." Not only did I enjoy that story, but it helped in understanding the internal dialogue between the
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Elise
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
The book that non apocalyptic genre fans could and should read.

This is a slow but relentless post apocalyptic book (without zombies or aliens) which feels more realistic than many others out there. It's set 40 years after WW3 when nuclear warheads hammered the earth into the dark ages. After 2 years of nuclear winter, disease, starvation - humanity is or has remained the monster. But there is a glimmer of hope.

This is the omnibus of 3 books, "Old Man and the Wasteland, "The Savage Boy" and "The
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Rune
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apocalyptic
THIS is mindblowingly good.

You don't have to love dystopian/apocalyptic literature to love this book. All you need is to love good literature. Because this is really and honestly one of the best books I've ever read.

The Old Man and The Savage Boy are fantastically created characters with enormous depth. You really want to follow them until the end, even though you know it won't end well. Or will it? Yes it will. And no it won't.

Of the three, I think Old Man and the Wasteland is a notch above th
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Cristián
Jul 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've already reviewed the "Old Man and the Wasteland" and "The Savage Boy" (which I highly recommend you read) so I'll just review "The Road is a River" here.
As with the previous books it's as much an adventure of what happens to the main character as with his internal struggle. By reading his thoughts constantly you can understand him better, his fears, his strengths and how he evolves to become a better man.
Comparing it to "The Savage Boy" it feels a little lacking of action and it's definitel
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Matt Fischer
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: apoc, sf
The book takes a cool premise and expands it into a full back story and history. I found the first piece to be engrossing as it explored the Old Man as he seeks out his fortune in the wasteland. As the book progresses, more back story is exposed as different characters are explored. I'm a huge post-apoc fan and this is now one of my favorites. I really enjoyed this book. It was my first digital book purchase and ended up convincing me to finally buy a Kindle. ...more
Susan Mcreynolds
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Although a bit miffed that I couldn't get The Road is a River as a stand-alone since I had already purchased the first two (ended up reading the last through the library), I really enjoyed this last installment. Wish it would go on... ...more
Adam
Jul 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the three stories and the characters within them.
The ideas that Nick Cole managed to portray were clever, interesting and compelling.
I'd recommend these books to anyone! Amazing read.
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Wes Smith
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book that looks at life after the world has been destroyed. Heart wrenching and gripping, page after page. Pick this book up if you get the chance!
Justin
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It was so good, I had dreams about it. I didn't want it to end. ...more
Catherine
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Loved these books. I'm totally hooked on this author. ...more
Paul
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent tale of post apocolyptic society and survival. I really liked the internal monologes the main characters had.
Rebask
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Without a doubt the most memorable book I have read in decades. Filled with stories within the story. Belongs in all Public Libraries.
Sally
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
love this book. I could really connect with the characters. I hope there is more to the series.
Dystopian
Oct 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very nice ending to the series.
Darren Sant
Apr 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wasteland Saga is a post-apocalyptic trilogy with a difference. Where other authors perhaps concentrate on the interesting question of: What if there was a nuclear war? Or perhaps: There has been a nuclear, what now? What Nick Cole does is look back, introspectively. Feelings of guilt, anger, regret and hopelessness are fully explored throughout the Wasteland Saga. Sounds depressing? Not at all. Cole’s realistic narrative was not only a breath of fresh air but a brilliant exploration of the ...more
Lisa
Jun 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read first book, "The Old Man And The Wasteland" a couple of years ago and loved it. Read it twice. It remains my favorite "apocalypse genre" book. Just finished the second and third books of the series and really liked them, too. The Savage Boy takes you on a new path with different characters than the first book (with slight overlap - not gonna spoil, though). This book still continues the saga of life after society as we know it is no more, with more interpersonal (?) relationships and grea ...more
Loretta
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was a remarkably good read. The Wasteland Saga is a compilation of three interconected stories by Nick Cole which include The Old Man and the Wasteland, The Savage Boy and The Road is a River. The Wasteland Saga follows the journey of "The Old Man" and the "Boy" in a post apocalyptic world some 40 years after a nuclear war.
I found the writing stlye of the author somewhat difficult to read at the beginning but once I got into the first story I could not put it down and found his style t
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David P Forsyth
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the Old Man and the Wasteland in 2012 and really enjoyed it. I didn't realize it was a series until I met Nick Cole at the Long Beach Comic and Horror Con last month. I went home and bought it that night. So glad I did! This is an epic tale that draws on many classic apocalyptic themes. I really enjoyed the geographic scope of the plot and was familiar with most of the landmarks described. The hardware, even years into the apocalypse, was also realistic. What sets this book apart from the ...more
Ed Gosney
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like Post-Apocalyptic fiction, I strongly recommend “The Wasteland Saga,” by Nick Cole, which contains three novels in one volume, available in both hard copy and as an eBook. I read the Kindle edition, published by Harper Voyager.

These three books will tug on your heartstrings and the stories and characters, the actions, emotions, and sacrifices will stay with you for a long time. I would love to see more stories that take place in this thermonuclear wasteland, but regardless of whether
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Lee
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Listen...if You like post-apocalyptic literature in any way, You need to read ALL of Nick Cole's books. I bought this Saga, and didn't sleep much for three days as I read them all. Nick writes so You can lose Yourself in the story, and You get invested in the characters. I really don't want to give any of it away, but let's just say that it is a deeply satisfying read. He manages to be 'realistic' (and bad things certainly happen)...without making You lose hope or wish You had not read them when ...more
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