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The Purge of District 89

(A Grower's War #1)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  525 ratings  ·  39 reviews
"The perfect culmination of jaw breaking action and political intrigue from DJ Molles. Readers will certainly find his newest thriller to be as chilling as it is exciting."
--Nicholas Sansbury Smith USA Today bestselling author of Hell Divers

Keep your head down. Do what you’re told. It’s easier that way.

Walter Lawrence Baucom is used to the troops that patrol Agrarian
Kindle Edition, 321 pages
Published February 6th 2017
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Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just when you think you've read it all, along comes DJ Molles with a new take on everything! Fresh spin on a classic dystopian theme that once it has you-doesn't let you go! It's a page turner with some major surprises and twists. Cannot wait for the next one! ...more
Deirdre Toby
New dystopian series from DJ Molles

Being a fan of The Remaining, I was excited to see this new series starting. I really enjoyed the prequel to this, and was drawn in immediately... This book however seemed a bit of a slow starter. Once I got into it tho it was worth the slow start. I will definitely be getting book 2.
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I choose this book because of the positive reviews it had received. I am careful about these end of the world type books, as they can be a bit overboard and quite depressing. But this book appeared on the surface to approach the subject appropriately.

I read this book, not so much to learn anything, but simply enjoy a good story, have a little fun in my reading, (as I spend a lot of time in books about political theory and theology). It did not disappoint and was just that; and enjoyable, captiva
Darren Dilnott
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It took a while for me to give this book a chance. D. J. Molles has always been one of the best ZA writers in the world, and finding this book wasn't ZA or even post apocalyptic steered me away.
What was i thinking??
The Purge Of District 89 is a typical D. J. Molles treat, which is as always character driven, and action packed.
Plenty of violence, and bad language, and that is a VERY VERY good thing.
So sick of ZA, PA, and dystopian books where the characters are so unrealistic, and the dialogue i
Chris Tee
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Love the way DJ writes, but wasn't sure I'd like this storyline. First 3 chapters were boring. But, by the 4th I was into it. Glad I took a chance on this one. ...more
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A capable protagonist with a unique gift, a good start. I think what really stuck out to me, was that this book seemed well crafted. By well crafted is that it could have been very disappointing and cliche. However, the way it was written, it came off tasteful and charming. Writing a story about foreign powers invading, evil Feds, and having a girlfriend that there is little interaction accept the memories of the main character, can easily go south. Even if they just be one of those cliche menti ...more
Mark Kearney
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Decent start to a new series
David Pokorski
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Didn't want to end

Holy cow was that a great read. D.J. Mollies really made another great book. He added so much more to his charters.
Phillip Clark
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action, fiction, e-book
Start of another great series from D.J. Molles. The story of one person paints such a believable picture of oppression. Can't wait for the second in the series. ...more
Finn Adams
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What Dj Molles does with this novel and also his previous books is take a well worn premise which is full of cliche situations but make them seem perfectly fresh, believable and exciting. This book is well written and presents a chilling vision of a near future USA run by a subservient Fed with Chinese and Russian 'peacekeepers' providing order (which given the current political upheaval could possibly be quite prophetic). It throttles along at a good pace which hooks you in and keeps your atten ...more
Cherye Elliott
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book 1

I can not remember who recommended this author and series to me but thank you. What a delightful read. This book was written where you feel like you are part of the story. Walt running through the field, helping his wounded friend and dodging bullets I was scared, tired and out of breath too. Oh and Walt's phobia of laying on the ground and putting fallen leaves on you as a cover and all he thought about were the spiders. I found myself running my hands through my hair checking for spiders
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Looks like another good series from DJ Molles. I liked Molles after reading "The Remaining". This is a different take blending Post-Apocalypse with Dystopian genres. It starts off slowly, introducing the characters and building the world. We get bits and pieces and have to put the puzzle together. I like putting puzzles together. In the second half of the book it takes off running and hardly gives you a moment to breath until the surprising end. Dark but not hopeless, a little slow to start but ...more
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
A good, fast-paced, anti-utopia novel. Sometime in the future, not sure where (plains of the US?) or when, communities/districts of "growers" are virtual slaves as they try to eke out a living within the tight set of rules allowed them by their Russian, Chinese, (and other?) rulers. The story follows Walt, the youngest of three brothers, as his world spins out of control and the district in which he and his wife live is "purged". Look forward to the next book in this series. ...more
bryan richter
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dystopian goodness

I enjoyed DJ Molles' bleak future of servitude to the state and the determined, grassroots resistance. Walt is an unassuming and reluctant protagonist forced into action by extreme circumstance that uncovers previously unrealized conviction. He's a likeable every-man hero. Very relatable. Looking forward to the next installment in the series.
Dec 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hold on to your hat!

This is my first read of DJ Molles' work and I was happily surprised at how sucked in I got into this story. His characters have depth, and the world is eerily something I could picture our current future being. There are 2 sides to every story, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the resistance is up to in book 2 - Renegades.
Josh Best
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. D.J. Molles once again is telling a great story. I'm not a fast reader by any means, but it was hard to put this one down. To be fair I have yet to find a book by D.J. Molles (the remaining) that isn't. Once the ball really got rolling, it just snowballed. I'll be starting the 2nd book right away :) ...more
May 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Molles writes great stories, but his vocabulary boo boos so often take me out of the story that I can't give them more than three stars. He seriously needs a proof reader, but I guess once you're a best selling author, little nitpicky things like vocabulary, and some of the other issues that pop up aren't considered important. ...more
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing

I absolutely loved this book. It starts out a bit slow, I wondered if I’d made a mistake, but DJ was just setting the scene of drudgery and dystopia. Can’t wait to start book 2
James T Long
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Like looking in to a cloudy, crystal ball.

Starts off on one rail, but once it gets rolling, it doesn't stop for nobody! :)

..It says my review needs 4 more words.. there's seven. ^^
Charles Thibos
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book, science fiction, thriller,deeply meaningful! All rolled into one. America needs to read this book and wake the heck up, because it is where we are headed.
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
D.J. Molles is one of my favourite authors and this book doesn't disappoint. The story keeps you engaged and you don't want to put it down. Looking forward to #2. ...more
Marty Nicholas
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
New series by the author of the excellent "The Remaining" books. More immediate and introspective than many in this dystopian genre. A good story, am anxious to read #2. ...more
Robert M.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite writers. DJ continues to hit high notes with his storytelling.
Scott Norris
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting flip of the narrative we usually see, with America being the one that needed outside powers to come and intervene... and then they stayed and took over.
Miranda Stokes
Sep 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fast paced and interesting

I liked this author’s Remaining series and decided to give this one a try. It has a similar masculine writing style and fast action pace.
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was ok

Started well but then the action seems got too wordy. Too much time inside the heads of the characters and too much hand wringing.
Peter Alward
Jan 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Solid but ...

Not as good as the Harden stuff, but solid. And I already hate the “I can’t find Carolyn” storyline that I might not read the sequel.
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
DNF. Not a bad set up for a world, but just got tired of it all and just didn't care that will happen in the end. ...more
Angel Davila
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Looks like...

Looks like where out future is going! This is a great book and an amazing author! This is a must read.
Lana Mccall
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grows on you

I was not impressed when I first began reading but the storyline began to become more interesting along the way. The characters became cearer and more filled out.
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D.J. Molles is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Remaining" series. The Remaining was originally self-published in 2012 and quickly became an Internet bestseller. He is also the author of "Wolves", a 2016 winner in the Horror category for the Foreword INDIES Book Awards, and the "Grower's War" series. This year (2018) he will release the Audible Original, "Johnny," as well as "Harden," ...more

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