The New Wilderness
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Listening Length 12 hours and 45 minutes
Author Diane Cook
Narrator Stacey Glemboski Release Date 03 September 2020
Publisher W. F. Howes Ltd
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #12,214 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
#37 in Dystopian Science Fiction
#585 in Literary Fiction
#4,714 in Science Fiction (Books)

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Reviewed in India on 21 October 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and brutal
By Aloka on 21 October 2020
The New Wilderness by Diane Cook
This book attracted me the most when it made it to the booker long list and then when it was shorlisted I knew I had to read it .
Set in the future where humans have wrecked the planet to such an extent that living in the city is impossible there is one last wilderness state where no one is allowed into until a group of 20 are introduced in it to live as nomads and where they are monitored from afar to see how they fare .
Such a future is not unimaginable which makes it very hard hitting . Humans in the city and the group we get a closer look at , the bunch surviving in the wilderness have started to look at death as a non dramatic event and there are no emergency rooms in the city nor do the people in the wilderness shed much of a tear when one of their own dies . Their way of life in the wilderness is shown in a very brutal and vivid way .
The focus is on ruthless survival and how these people become part of the land and the animals. How they manage to survive in the wild is portrayed well. We see most of the book from the perspective of Agnes a girl who came with her mother to the wilderness. Her mother Bea left the city to come here as Agnes was very ill and would not survive there and there is an undercurrent of resentment and love throughout both conflicting each other .
The mother daughter portrayal made more difficult under the circumstances is very well done and the book was gripping. I couldn’t put it down.
It was not a perfect book there were too many holes so to speak in the plot that didn’t sit too well with me. Whether it deserves a Booker nod over mantel or not I cannot say or speculate but I did enjoy reading this and I am very glad it made the shortlist so that I read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty standard Booker longlist
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 August 2020
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