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(The Wasteland Chronicles #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  2,982 ratings  ·  247 reviews
In the year 2030, the meteor Ragnarok impacted Earth, rending the world a wasteland. Billions died, the sky went crimson, and the world entered an ice age from which it will not emerge for centuries.

By 2060, what is left of the United States exists underground in the Bunkers. Where once there were 144, now only four are left - fallen for reasons of starvation, rebellion, o
Paperback, 1st edition, 176 pages
Published December 5th 2012 by CreateSpace
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Fouracescw .
Apr 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
First this is a novella, and should the white space be removed, it would be a short one at that. Combined with the need for a good editor & a few more re-writes, and you have something that reads more like a high school project than an eBook selling for $11. Inconsequential elements are just thrown at the page, in the hopes that something will stick with the reader. If it is worth writing about, the details need to be fleshed out so they paint a mental picture for the reader.

"A couple of kids we
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
Think Fallout (any of the games) meets Jeremiah meets Thunderdome & a touch of Eli...whip it up with xenosludge into a slurry with a side of Escape from LA and Zombieland & some good old fashioned alien unknown 195-60 genre conventions ... Ya!

Quick paced, nothing really new. Though the return of old B-movie and PA is comfortable, having everything piled in with zombies is a bit much.

A decent entertainment and beach read for enthusiasts of all the above. If it was a movie, Rifftrax would love it
Kyle West
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I just read my own book on my birthday. That's so meta.

Actually, I'm just reading this to sort of "remember" everything, along with the rest of the series, so I can see if there needs to be anything added to Book 6. Just to sort of get a feel for the series as it stands.
Stuart Keane
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
People who know me, my tastes and my demented mind will acknowledge that I love a dystopian thriller. The end of the world is, for me, a topic that never gets boring. There's so much untapped potential in any novel that approaches this subject, mainly because...well, lets face it, we will never see the apocalypse in our lifetime. And no one has ever lived through one. This leaves the field open to interpretation which, in the right hands, is a lot of fun.

Kyle West keeps it simple. Part Fallout,
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: No one.
Updating my reviews here. You can find the dates I started and finished this book and the review for this book on my BookLikes.

It was an interesting take on the virus zombie apocalypse, but it was poorly done. Poor grammar, spelling... it was like reading a high school student's first draft. This was a freebie on Amazon, and the only reason it got two stars instead of one was that it was free. Had I paid for this crap, I would have been incredibly angry.
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The wasteland can be a very scary place

Alex Keener just turned 16 and one of the first things that young adults inside of Bunker 108 do when they turn 16 is to go outside for a routine recon run. Things aren't like a normal recon, though, he quickly finds out that there is a lot more going on than he imagined. Follow Alex as he has to make important decision after important decision.

The narration for Apocalypse was done by Graham Halstead and he does a really great job. I honestly do not know Ha
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Cait Keil
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
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Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Apocalypse is the first book in a seven book series called The Wasteland Chronicles. It's about a post-apocalyptic world after the U.S. was hit by this huge meteor called Ragnarok that also carried a deadly virus called Xenovirus. As the virus spreads, the survivors that were living in Bunkers have been forced to live in the harsh wasteland. This was another pleasant surprise that I found in the Kobo store. It's action packed and the pacing is on point and the story is a good length -not too lon ...more
Mỹ Khương
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
First and foremost, I'd like to send my thanks to Kyle West, who sent me an e-version of this book. Apocalyptic books have always been my favorite, and this book did not let me down. I love the way first narration was used in this book, because it helped depict the protagonist's - Alex's - dimensions of emotion, which has always mesmerized me ever since The Hunger Games. The plot, however, is a little predictable. But who cares about that when you're so hooked in this book? What can I say, I LOV ...more
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took me a while to get into this, but it was an okay read overall.
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just loved it! a little bit short though and don't really like the idea of having to read 6 more books ... ...more
Apr 14, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a quick, rather uninvolved read. There needed to be a lot of editing and the dialogue wasn't realistic but overall, not too bad. ...more
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
a nice quick read, it did remind me and make me think about books i have previously read. ocasionally the editing and wording annoyed me but i still enjoyed it.
Aug 09, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I downloaded this book (well, the omnibus that contains this book) for free from BookBub. It jumped to the front of my queue due to a 2021 reading challenge: read something by an author with the same initials as you.

This book was fine, I guess. The writing was a little repetitive, in a "I forgot what I wrote" kind of way (at one point, a character starts a story stating she was 7 when it happened. After, a different character was like "wow, you must have been what? Seven? Eight?" Some descripti
Oct 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author is Kyle West and he wrote “Apocalypse”. It was published December 5, 2012. It is a High fantasy for people 15 years and older. There is an invasion of monsters and a boy named Alex Keener. He leaves his bunker for the first time at age 16. After a meteor hits his world. He goes on an adventure to find bunker 1. On his way to find bunker one he has to survive with all the monsters around. The book really keeps you engaged and wanting to read more. The author does a good job at explaini ...more
Jonathan Echevarria
This was a very fun and interesting post apocalyptic adventure.

This book reminded me a lot of a combination of the most popular post apocalyptic fiction that I've enjoyed. I could see a little bit of that Fallout series, a pinch of Mad Max, and a tiny piece of The Walking Dead sprinkled throughout this story. While I'm new to the author's work, I enjoyed how much it reminded me of my favorite stories growing up. After all I've always wanted to have more Fallout in my life and how awesome would i
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: liked-fiction
Like someone who grew up with Fallout video games, the summary of the book made me really interested. Once I started reading my mind constantly went before turning the page "On the next page it will say what the water chip is broken, go get a new one" :D

At times the writing can feel simple, maybe too simple, but actually I probably liked it more than I disliked it. Simply because my imagination has a big budget (no idea from where) for environments, actors, etc., so it has much more space to run
Uptown Horror Reviews
I decided to pick this book up because I read somewhere its very similar to the Fallout games, but now that Ive finished the book I can tell you that the ONLY thing this book has in common with the Fallout series is the setting.

What makes Fallout so great are the adventures you have en-route to your main mission and the sense of surprise and wonder where at the next corner literally anything could happen. "Apocalypse" by Kyle West did not have that sense of wonder at all. "Apocalypse" is a bori
Dec 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I should have liked this book but like another book that I read this week, it was far, far too much and the end result was far, far too little.

It's a post apocalyptic novel that features an underground bunker, tribe of people surviving the desolate wasteland, miltary vs. civilian strife and play for authority, mutant virus that turns people into zombies, escape to terrain above with evil humans where slavery is permitted, plucky, enterprising young heroine with wits, etc. etc. It is EVERY sci fi
Lisa Sandberg
Not sure how to review this book. It is a short read and very fast paced. Not a lot of detail about what Alex saw in the outside world for the first time in his 16 year old life or what he thought about it all. Maybe I like more detail, but then it wouldn't be a short read. :) I definitely liked the book and am anxious to read the next one in the series.

I liked how the virus affects everything and not just humans. It wasn't just about zombies, zombies, zombies. Even though I like the whole zombi
Danielle Frappier
Dec 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Okay I hate when I can't connect with the main character, I don't know what it was, maybe it's that Alex is a dude maybe it's cause he is a pussy but I found myself hating him. Also not really buying into the meteor virus plot maybe I just needed more explanation or maybe I've read a butt load of books like this and I'm tired of the genre. But this was okay for me. Glad I read it but didn't blow me away. ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite, I don't tend to like it when humans take on super human characteristics. I love sci-fi, post apocalypse, etc. I will even get on board with aliens, buy dieses CANNOT make a human grow taller. Bring on the walking dead, magic, and fantasy creatures, at least they have an explanation. Growth where impossible just frustrates my reading imagination. I will not be reading any more of this series. ...more
Miguel Melo
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Surprisingly good read, if you like Fallout and Andromeda Strain kind of stories. Moving on to book two of the series right away.
Middle of the range post-apocalyptic zombie YA freebie. Nothing you haven't read before, but not bad. ...more
Jan 22, 2022 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-a, e-books, zombies
The first part of the book, I kept thinking, “Fallout but if Vault-Tec actually helped people.” I’ve seen similar comments in a lot of the reviews, and the author is probably tired to death of the comparison. Although, really, if you’re going to have a place for humans to go to survive the end of the world—where are they going to go but into bunkers underground? It’s not like they’re going to survive in glass treehouses. So whether you call it a Vault or a bunker or something else, that part is ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first glance, this book is very similar to the Fallout series on PC. There is a bunker. There are mutants. I began wondering if these series of books was going to be a Fallout fan fiction with just enough changes to sell it. But after reading the novel, it was obvious that despite the similarities, this series is its own thing.

This is the first book of a longer series. As the first book, it introduces characters and settings. It provides a mission and goal that will help drive the characters
Ken Finlay
Alex Keener, 16, is on his first recon mission outside Bunker 108. It's one of just four bunkers left from over 100 - they were set up to provide safety for a part of the population thirty years earlier (2030) after a massive asteroid, Ragnarok, sparked a strange and deadly virus.
The xenovirus affects plants, animals and, now, people - turning them into monsters.
To make a longer story short, Alex brings the xenovirus back to Bunker 108 and the people there obligingly release the disease - cue mu
Dennis Crotts
Apr 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
At first very dry no back ground info listener is thrown in knowing nothing why, where and when. Now as the story goes along you try to figure out the story is about and when it happening I thought it was a long time in the future and it been only 30 years since the asteroid hit earth and mankind was thrown into a somewhat dark ages again. Now not sure when this happen but there was 114 underground bunkers built the largest held 10,000 peoples. Since everyone went underground there were people w ...more
This is an interesting start to a post-apocalyptic period in the world story line. The story is told from a first person viewpoint, which one doesn't often see these days. This viewpoint gives the readers a different viewpoint in the story from the psyche of the protagonist, which can be quite refreshing if written correctly. In this case, with the psychology of the teenage mind being used as the foundation, I think the author did a reasonably good job in this first outing of this series. I'll r ...more
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I'm Kyle West, author of the Wasteland Chronicles and Xenoworld Saga. I live in West Palm Beach and try to write books with lots of action and crazy twists to keep you turning the pages.

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