The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands

by Benjamin Percy
Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Grand Central Publishing
Hardcover, 416 pages
$26.00

"Good God, what a tale. Don't miss it." This is the quote provided by Stephen King on the cover of Benjamin Percy's new book, The Dead Lands. He's right. This is a futuristic, post-apocalyptic retelling of the journey of Lewis & Clark. In this story, most of the human race has disappeared either from the flu epidemic or nuclear bombs. Cancer seems to be more prevalent than the common cold, and mutant animals are now roaming this new world where the Mississippi has dried up and no one seems to be safe. Percy's descriptions of this world and it's characters are equally beautiful and frightening. This is more than just a scary story though; this is a fable about environmental stewardship, the punishing lash of class division and the dangers of American exceptionalism. Again, don't miss out on Ben and Nick Butler's author event on June 29th at the Bayfield Carnegie Library.