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The Arrivals
by Melissa Marr
William Morrow, TPB, $24.99, 274pp
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Jack and Kitty are siblings; Jack was a lawman and Kitty a gambler in an 1880’s frontier town when they were snatched and dropped into the Wasteland. As the years passed, they were joined by many people from all walks of life and all eras. When Chloe from 2010 joined the group, there was a Prohibition rumrunner, a former hippie and a mentally unbalanced 1950’s housewife. They were a family with Jack at the head. And they hired themselves out as peacemakers while trying to protect each other from the local denizens and wildlife/monsters. And there wouldn’t be conflict without a bad guy – Ajani. No one knows if Ajani is native or from their world, no one knows what Ajani’s agenda is. And no one knows how or why they’ve all been deposited on this heinous world. No one knows why the Arrivals, as they are referred to, don’t age and don’t usually stay dead. Jack really wishes to know why some of his group don’t always resurrect while everyone in Ajani’s group always resurrects. But it’s Chloe’s arrival that tips the balance in a way no one could have anticipated.

This was a fun read. I was drawn into the characters and the atmosphere. The worldbuilding was a bit sparse, but then so was the landscape. The plot was sufficient although some plot points were never resolved, which was in keeping with the storyline. I was happy the end had a resolution and not a cliffhanger. It would be okay with me if Ms. Marr revisited this world. ~~ Catherine Book

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