Book Review: Wizard of the Wasteland by Jon Cronshaw

Posted October 21, 2017 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Post-Apocalyptic, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Wizard of the Wasteland by Jon CronshawWizard of the Wasteland (Wasteland, #1) by Jon Cronshaw
Narrator: Ian Coleman
Series: Wasteland #1
Published by No World Press on 08-24-17
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic
Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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Overal Rating: three-stars

Abel wanders the wastes, scratching out a meagre existence until he finds something incredible...the Wizard of the Wasteland.

Terrified of being alone with his demons, Abel joins the travelling showman, passing off pre-apocalypse technology as objects of magic and intrigue.

When they stumble upon a group of children, enslaved by the brutal drug gang The Family, Abel must risk everything he has to save them. But having the wizard at his side might not be enough...

In an post-apocalyptic world where technology is seen as magic, Alfonso, the great Wizard of the Wasteland travels from town to town to share a piece of his magic. At one of the towns he visits, he meets Abel, which decides to join the Wizard, and together they will try to save some enslaved children.

I usually enjoy post-apocalyptic stories, and this one had great premises, but I found the execution quite poor. It felt disjointed and confusing at times. The characters were one-dimensional, and it is still a mystery to me why Abel decided to join the Wizard.

I am usually very curious about what happened to trigger the change in the world, but in this case I just didn’t care. I also found strange that some people seemed to remember technology and others didn’t, and that very few people knew how to read. Reading and writing is something that has been among us from very distant times, and it is not something especially tied to civilization or electricity. It is just very difficult for me to believe that this situation could happen one day.

Even with these setbacks, my main problem with the book were the characters. They were mere drafts, with no depth. I also found the dialogs forced and awkward at times.

Ian Coleman’s narration did not help. He delivered a narration without technical issues, and distinctive voices for the characters, but the general tone of the narration was monotone, and I had to force myself to pay attention, which I found difficult. The dialogs were just okay, and I would recommend Coleman to work on his interpretation skills.

This was just an okay book, entertaining, but far from compelling.

I received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: three-stars