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Into the Wilderness

(Blood of the Lamb #2)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  146 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Award-caliber social science fiction with a strong message about race and the abuse of religious faith by those in power.

     Maryam, Ruth, and Joseph have fled Onewēre, reluctantly taking Joseph's troublesome cousin, Lazarus, as well. They arrive at their destination, Marawa Island, filled with hope for rescue and reprieve. But at first glance the island appears to be s
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published January 7th 2014 by Pyr (first published 2010)
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Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: five-star
Reviewing this because I just started reading it again;
I think the reason I love these books, and all of Mandy Hager's works, so goddamn much lies in the way they sweep me up into another person's life so completely that I almost feel like a stranger to myself once I close the book. They are no great musings on life and society and don't really contain many lessons or morals to be learnt and appreciated, but the narrative is so engaging and the characters so vivid and real in my minds eye that i
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maryam, Joseph, and Ruth have escaped the clutches of the Apostles on a boat built by Joseph's father with one unwanted hijacker, Lazarus. But can they outrun Te Matee Iai long enough until they can find help and sanctuary?

It took me a while to get into this book. The gang end up on Marawa Island, where it appears the inhabitants are all dead. Joseph and Maryam have become close and have confessed their love to one another. It wasn't until they left Marawa Island that things begin to pick up. He
Danielle J.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished reading this book, and honestly it's so much better than the first book. There was more depth in the characters, and I got to know them more better. I loved their interactions and conversations, especially Maryam understanding more about Lazareth's life in the Holy City.
I'm gonna say something controversial, I'm sorry, but the book got better after Joseph died. Don't get me wrong, I was sad Joseph died, but I got more absorbed into the book once he did. When he was alive, I was r
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very distinct feel of the middle book in a trilogy - less defined, very inbetween/transitional, not much to recommend it on its own. I'm not too devastated by all the death and injury; it's all getting a bit old.
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
better than the first book
it still dragged a little bit but honestly had a lot more substance than i was expecting. ready to read the final book!
Jan 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I was pretty sick of all the injuries by the end of the book. Seriously, within someone healing from an injury, someone else gets on 5 pages later.
Mar 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
In 2013's THE CROSSING, Maryam discovered she'd been lied to her entire life. That the Apostles weren't who they said they were and that the native women taken to the ship were being treated like slaves. Determined to escape the injustices, Maryam makes a plan, and with the help of her newfound friend Joseph they do--with two unexpected companions in tow.

Now, in INTO THE WILDERNESS, Maryam and Joseph cross the sea in search of a new home, but nothing goes according to plan.

The story continues wh
Jan 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Into the Wilderness, book two in Blood of the Lamb series by Mandy Hager, brings Maryam and her cohorts out to sea as they escape the cult clutches of the Apostles. Their only guides are ancient maps, star charts, a compass, and the knowledge that a dreadful apocalypse has destroyed the world as it was known before the Apostles isolated their home island. While the mystery of the apocalypse overshadows Maryam and her friends, they must battle the impartial sea and make land fall before Joseph su ...more
Kristine Hansen
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OK, I was surprised.

A book two in a trilogy of dystopic proportions can be somewhat of a letdown. Usually they feel more like a bridge to the stirring conclusion than a story strong enough to stand on their own. Here we see something that has enough ooomph to keep my interested and eager to pick up book three, with enough development of character and plot to really engage the reader.

In other words, the journey doesn't end in a place that you expect it to. Or with the conclusion that you would e
So I just type my name here eh ? And my last name here ?
Excuse me for sounding like a possessed fan girl, but I'm in love with this book.

Into the Wilderness is amazing. It's the second installment in the 'Blood of Lamb' series, and the fact I hadn't read the first made me skeptical as to how well I'd understand the second. But alas there was a nifty little explanation of the first in the front of the book which helped me get my bearings.

I instantly felt as though I knew the characters. They had depth and personality, Maryam, strong willed and dete
Emily W
May 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia, new-zealand
Another great book by Mandy Hager!
In the second instalment of the Blood of the lamb trilogy, Maryam And her companions reach new land for the first time. It was exciting to see the way they engage with their new environments, as the try to understand both the island's history and their own.

This book delved more heavily into the themes of colonialism and racism, as the four face far harsher treatment than ever before.

Hager does a great job especially in describing the new and unfamiliar surrou
Mrs Mac McKenzie
This is the sequel to The Crossing which I absolutely loved, and was looking forward to reading this instalment. This book does not move as fast as the Crossing, however it has some interesting twists in it that make the reader reflect on current events with refugees across the world. The character development and plot development are deep with things now starting to be connected. I will read the third book as I am intrigued how it the story will end.

To understand the events in this instalment,
Jan 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been enjoying this Polynesian post-apocalyptic dystopian series -- even though they could have been parsed out at a more convenient rate from the U.S. publisher, since they were issued in New Zealand years ago. The major themes are race, religion and class, which have only become more severe and stratified in this imagined future. Add a deadly plague and a racist totalitarian state based in Australia and you have the backdrop for the personal dramas which are really the heart beat of the no ...more
Annie Easton
This book took a dark turn and I'm not convinced that its young adult intended audience would enjoy it as much as the first. The first book was original and a riveting read. Into the Wilderness was mainly set in a futuristic camp for refugees, much like Christmas Island. I think it veered away from a really good story into a grim political commentary.I would be interested in other peoples thoughts on this.
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pacific islands
New Zealand author
Fleeing lands to find a better place
Jane M
Jul 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like the complexity and growth shown in the pacific teenage female protagonist. An authentic action read.
Jun 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely spectacular. Best book I've read this year.
Dee brown
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On to book 3!
Mar 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I must say... Wow! Mandy hager has captured the essence of hope, loss, fear and hope once more. I had trouble putting this book down for the best part of it :D 100% praise
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Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's odd. It really is great's cruel, in a way that intrigues and irritates slightly. But in a good way.
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Mandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction, most often for young adults. She has won the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction 3 times (‘Smashed’ 2008, ‘The Nature of Ash’ 2013, ‘Dear Vincent’ 2014), the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards for YA fiction (‘The Crossing’ 2010), an Honour Award in the 1996 AIM Children’s Book Awards (‘Tom’s Story’), Golden Wings Excellence Award (‘Juno L ...more

Other books in the series

Blood of the Lamb (3 books)
  • The Crossing (Blood of the Lamb, #1)
  • Resurrection (Blood of the Lamb, #3)