Wranglestone by Darren Charlton
Published by: Stripes
Released: 6th February 2020
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Winter was the only season every Lake-Lander feared…
In a post-apocalyptic America, a community survives in a national park, surrounded by water that keeps the Dead at bay. But when winter comes, there’s nothing to stop them from crossing the ice.
Then homebody Peter puts the camp in danger by naively allowing a stranger to come ashore and he’s forced to leave the community of Wranglestone. Now he must help rancher Cooper, the boy he’s always watched from afar, herd the Dead from their shores before the lake freezes over.
But as love blossoms, a dark discovery reveals the sanctuary’s secret past. One that forces the pair to question everything they’ve ever known.
An action-packed and thought-provoking debut, for fans of Patrick Ness, Marcus Sedgwick, DREAD NATION and The Walking Dead.
The concept of Wranglestone had me from the get go! A LGBTQ+ romance set within a zombie apocalypse? Erm yes please! As soon as I got an early copy of this book I was super excited to get stuck in.
Set in a post-apocalyptic USA, a small community is surviving within a national park, surrounded by water, keeping the dead away. However, when winter arrives nothing is stopping the dead from crossing the ice and going into the community. When teenager Peter puts the community at danger, he is sent to help rancher Cooper herd the dead before the ice freezes over. As love blossoms between the two boys, they discover a secret that makes them question everything they have ever known about the world they live in.
This was a really well written, thrilling read that had me for the most part, gripped. However, it did start off a bit slow for me and I found that I didn’t get fully engaged into the story until I was about halfway through. Mind you, once I was immersed I was in for the long run.
The concept, was unique in the way that the world was set up and how the characters all interacted. I never thought in a million years I would be reading a M/M love story set within a zombie apocalypse but I was wrong. The tight knit community and the way the ‘zombies’ are portrayed brought a new lease of life to a genre that has been done several times before.
The love story between Peter and Cooper was just the sweetest, despite the premise of the plot. Seeing them finally get together after admiring each other from afar brought me so much joy. The love they had for each other, you could tell was so genuine and true and was just a delight to read. They are probably one of my favourite M/M couples in YA right now, if I’m being totally honest.
Wranglestone was an exciting, distinctive read that had me absorbed and captivated. It’s truly one to look out for this year, mark my word!