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The Wilds (The Wilds #1)

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My name is Dahlia but I’m called a Plaguer, a person who survived the Bloody Death. When the virus first hit the world, it ravaged the human race. I thought I was lucky to survive it but survival comes at a cost. Ever since the sickness, I see things and I’m hunted for these visions.

Some seek me out because they want to keep their secrets safe. They don’t want the world t
Kindle Edition, 350 pages
Published August 29th 2015 by Strong Hold Publishing, LLC
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3.5 stars

I didn't want to put this down although there were things about it I didn't like. The setting was original. A plague had swept across the world and killed most of the population. Most of civilization had collapsed. Society was divided into smaller countries, and most of the USA was a massive forest called the Wilds. Strange beasts and dangerous people lived in there.

Dahlia was a plaguer, which meant she was one of the few who had the plague and survived it. Plaguers had some special abi
Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
Mar 15, 2017 marked it as did-not-finish
Shelves: contains-idiots
DNF at 35% - I want to smack the heroine so badly that carrying on any longer is sure to send me into hulk mode.
Aug 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an addicting read. This is an urban fantasy that will have you chewing through the pages. I picked (figuratively) up the book up and couldn't put it down. This book was better than the blurb makes it out to be. The female protagonist, Dahlia, is a plaguer the has been trapped inside a facility since she was 4 years old. Plaguers are people who have survived the black death and are pariahs of society, deemed crazy and locked up away from normal humans. They're tortured, abused and treated li ...more
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Donna Augustine’s dark, in the not too distant post apocalyptic future debut to her new series is a fantastic fast paced urban fantasy/thriller with a bit of a coming of age/loss of innocence storyline added for good measure. Her excellent world building sets the perfect stage for not only this installment but for future books as well. Her dialogue is the ideal match for the tenaciousness of her amazing ever evolving, well-developed stars and sensational co-stars, and her timely, quick shots of ...more
I'm not usually a big fan of apocalypse dystopia type reads but this one had impressive overall reviews so I decided to give it a shot. Here's my breakdown:

* Amazing character depth - even the secondary characters were solid
* Offered as a kindleunlimited
* It never had an overly juvenile feel to it which is all too common in the YA genre
* Beautiful book cover

* I really could have gone without Dax being intimate with Becca (even though he and the heroine aren’t involved romantically in
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: most-annoyed
I'm disappointed that I wasted my money buying this and in myself for believing those wonderful reviews about this book. At first, I liked how tough the character was but then she became annoying. She was the stereotypical, " I'm an independent woman but wait I still need help from the brooding guy." Also, how does she seem to know everything? Yeah she read Moobie's books but that doesn't mean she should know things like what a ranch house looks like right off the bat. Also, the story was lackin ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book!
Loved both Dal and Dax - brave, stubborn, determined, funny (ok, at list Dal is) heroes.
The story is great and I just can't wait to start the next book - in fact, I'm going to do it right now!
Highly recommended for fantasy lovers.
I went into this suspicious (because of the mysterious synopsis) but still super excited!
After my friend praised this book sky high I received a review copy from the author.

I was instantly sucked into the book. The story was amazing! I got worked up after every chapter and couldn't turn the page fast enough.

You have no idea how fun the protagonist is. I loved her! She's badass and doesn't take crap from anyone when she is in the right position. I do have to confess that she was quite naive, bu
In a post apocalypse America, Dahlia is a rarity. She's one of the few (possibly the last) who survived the plague.
The plague left her with the ability to see into people, to know their darkest secret. It's both a gift and a curse. The Dark Walkers want her for their sadistic experiments, Dax wants her for his own mysterious agenda. All she wants is to live free.

It's basically a zombie book without the zombies. It's OK though not all that original and maybe just a little childish.
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
This book was in my recommendations for a long long time!!

Kicking myself for not reading this sooner! But kinda happy, because I got to devour the first three books, one right after another.

This world building - loved it.

I liked Dal a lot. She was funny and giving her circumstances I really loved her world view.

Dax - yum.
Noella  Van Looy
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Ergens in de toekomst. De wereldbevolking is getroffen door een Plaag, en bijna iedereen die ziek werd, stierf. Sommigen werden niet ziek, en er waren er enkelen die genazen. Deze genezenen hadden nadien bijzondere krachten, en de mensen waren bang van hen en wilden hen uitroeien of toch tenminste opsluiten. Dahlia is zo iemand. Ze zit opgesloten in een betonnen gevangenis, krijgt amper genoeg voedsel om net in leven te blijven en wordt zeer slecht behandeld. Ze droomt ervan te ontsnappen. Op ee ...more
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it

About century and a half ago, a destructive disease called Bloodfever decimated human kind, leaving behind few lucky ones who didn’t get infected, and the ones who survived the sickness, but their survival was anything but a happy circumstance. Dal is one of the survivors, called Plaguers, and the fact she managed to survive this horrifying illness earned her a one way ticket to an insane asylum at the age of 4, because an aftereffect of the illness is an ability to see things that are not
Mar 23, 2016 marked it as d-n-f
DNF @ 41%
I thought the premise sounded interesting and the sample was pretty good, but then it went swiftly downhill after the sample finished I'm afriad. The main protagonist was just incredibly juvenile as the story progresses, which is a real shame, as I thought this had promise and one of the reasons I picked this up was because it seemed the main character DIDN'T act like a child in what I'd read of the sample! Frustrating.
This started 4 star but swiftly dropped to 2 stars.
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Lovedddd it!
SN the Viking
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is id hands down the best book I read this year. love this author so much.
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Wilds is turkey one of my new favorite series to come. In this first book we find out about the Bloody death. , plagues who see these bad people if they are people. The plungers are the ones who survive the bloody death but then are deemed crazy and locked up in mental institutes. This is where we meet Dal. she's a plague. locked up since age 4 . abused by theses dark things. always coming to her in different form trying to know what she sees but she learned very young to say nothing act cra ...more
Nov 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Wilds – Donna Augustine

This is a great start to a very good series. The wilds is about a virus that changed the world called the Bloody Death, it killed a lot of people and nature took over the land and the virus seemed to raise its ugly head every 25 years. Though some people started surviving the virus, but were locked up in fear of spreading the disease further. These survivors are known as Plaguers and they seem to have a gift of seeing what people have done in the past through their emo
Oct 14, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm torn, because though this is a great story, the gratuitous profanity (including f-bombs) nearly killed it for me. I find it highly unlikely that all the characters, despite being from different countries and widely divergent backgrounds, would all use the same two swear words constantly. Also, the heroine's inner dialogue was awash in the same. If you're going to world build a dystopian future (and she does it well), your dialogue shouldn't be straight out of the boorish vocabulary of today' ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: strong-women
I really was excited to pick up this book and burned through it in a day. I've read another series by the author and I've got to say I like this one even better. If you liked Anne Bishop's The Others series, you would probably also enjoy this book. There is more snark and humor compared to Anne Bishop's series. In the Wilds, I really enjoyed the Dahlia character and her decision to take life by the throat. The writer's treatment of her discovery of the world and how it operates was humorous and ...more
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5⭐ ...more
ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)

DFN 65%

I was so excited about this one, and i really tried but this is just not my cuppa...
Nov 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 this definitely reads like it needs editing, but the story picks up towards the end.
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Good! I found Dahlia to be loud and abrasive but I ended up liking her.
Apr 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Game changer

This book was filled with so many different aspects it's hard to decide. The writing was good. Fit for most readers. Strong lead heroine that is determined to be free but are we ever free from our own prisons we make In Our own minds?
I saw this book reviewed by Debbie @ The Reading Frenzy blog and it sounded fantastic. Imagine my thrill when I won an audio copy of this intense and intriguing YA Dystopian.

The world of this story is in our future after a plague hits the world and decimates the population only to return every twenty years or so. Old government and society falls only for new city-state governments to take over in certain parts of the world and the rest left to become The Wilds where might tends to make right. Th
Yolande Pienaar
Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite female leads!

This was an epic start to a series, Donna! I can not go on enough about how good the writing is and how different the take is on the supernatural.

Dahlia is flipping hillarious. I want to be her when I grow up. The things that come out of her mouth...

And the promising romance will leave me in suspence until the next book is out. Dax is 100% alpha, Dahlia is nuts, the scene is horrifying and hopeless, but the ride is soooo thrilling!!
Allie Rashkow
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One Wild Ride!

I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I wasn't exactly sure what I was going to find upon opening its pages but what I found was a treat! I loved every second of Dahlia's story from the anguished and hopeful locked up to the wishful and not so naive free. It was a wild ride with quite the shock at the end and I cannot wait for the story to rev on!
Candice Burnett
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: already-read
Dark and intriguing with a strong female lead what's not to like. Found her love for food similar to my own :) Can't wait for the next in the series and to meet that little girls "imaginary" friends though I feel they aren't going to turn out to be so imaginary.
Lisa P
Oct 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Very intriguing story. Right from the start it captures your attention. I really like the world building, character development, and just everything! Be warned- the next book doesn't come out for a few months. Great start to the series! It's a dystopian story with a unique twist.
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“Sometimes the devil you know is just that—some asshole to steer clear of.” 2 likes
“Those aren’t the rules. She cost us a meal,” Tank said. “You cost the group a meal, you go hungry. That’s the way it’s always been.”
I thought Dax was going to let them fight it out but then he spoke up. “I don’t want to feed her right now either but she’s a walking skeleton, and I need her alive. If there was one jerky, she’d get it before any of us.” He reached over and grabbed two dried meat sticks from Lucy and tried to hand me one.
“I’m fine. I don’t need it,” I said, looking at Tank.
Dax grabbed my hand and shoved the jerky into my palm. “I took you out of that compound for a reason. I will force-feed you that jerky before I let you starve yourself.”
“Fine. I’ll eat it. Whatever. You don’t need to get so bent out of shape about it.” I was hungry as hell so it wasn’t actually a concession, but he didn’t know that. I mean hell, I knew I needed the calories and the Cement Giant wasn’t going to blow itself to smithereens.
“I took a couple of bites as Dax got up and walked out of the camp.
I gnawed on the stuff as I leaned against my rock. “What flavor is this? It’s really good stuff.”
Lucy and Tank looked at me kind of oddly. Hey, if I was going to eat it I didn’t see a lot of reason to pretend it sucked. These people were weird.”
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