Book Review // Wasteland*


I am very excited to share with you today’s post, it’s my very first book review of July. It’s definitely not quiet at the moment for book reviews! I’ve even got a couple more lined up to share with you over the next couple of weeks. Today, I will be reviewing Wasteland by Terry Tyler, I’m super excited to share this one with you today. This review opportunity has been made possible by Reads & Reels.

Before we start my review and what I thought, let’s read the book bio for background context.

Wasteland? Let me tell you a little bit about it;

‘Those who escape ‘the system’ are left to survive outside society. The fortunate find places in off-grid communities; the others disappear into the wasteland.’

The year is 2061, and in the new UK megacities, the government watches every move you make. Speech is no longer free – an ‘offensive’ word reaching the wrong ear means a social demerit and a hefty fine. One too many demerits? Job loss and eviction, with free transport to your nearest community for the homeless: the Hope Villages.

Rae Farrer is a megacity girl through and through, proud of her educational and career achievements, until a shocking discovery about her birth forces her to question every aspect of life in UK Megacity 12. On the other side of the supposedly safe megacity walls, a few wastelanders suspect that their freedom cannot last forever…

When I picked up this book I knew it was a sequel and to be honest, that didn’t stop me! It’s unique because it is a true standalone as well. We’re treated to a book that shares the action between several protagonists but Rae Farrer is the central character. Rae’s thoughts is in the first person and the other characters are in the third person. Terry Tyler portrays Rae as a fairly typical conformist member of society. For me the first half of the book was a little slow but the second half of the book definitely explodes into life!

By the end I was definitely engrossed and then I realised I finished the book. I’m glad the unanswered questions are tied up at the end, it’s definitely allows the book to be a stand-alone one as mentioned above. You go through so many different emotions throughout this book, Terry Tyler has definitely done well with this one. There are some poignant, sad and disturbing moments. I also love the writing style of Terry Tyler!

This is the first book I have read from Terry Tyler and I’ve fallen in love with her style so I’m definitely going to look at her other books. Of course, like my other reviews, I don’t want to reveal too much! If you want to find out more, then you’ll have to read it for yourself. I can thoroughly recommend Wasteland to any reader who loves the Dystopia genre, to be honest, even if you just want to try Terry Tyler’s work.

How about a little about the author, Terry Tyler;

Terry Tyler is the author of twenty books available from Amazon, the latest being ‘Blackthorn’, set in a post apocalyptic England, 115 years in the future. Proud to be independently published, Terry is an avid reader and book reviewer, and a member of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team.

Terry is a Walking Dead addict, and has a great interest in history (particularly 14th-17th century), and sociological/cultural/anthropological stuff, generally. She loves South Park, Netflix, autumn and winter, and going for long walks in quiet places where there are lots of trees.

You can follow Terry Tyler on Twitter and her official website.

Please give some love to Terry Tyler and if you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy Wasteland to read in Ebook (Kindle Format). You can also find it on Goodreads now!

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*Thank you Reads & Reels for gifting me the Wasteland eBook, in return for an honest review. The featured image was sent to me in the Media Pack, for more information please see my About Page.


Fallout Shelter: Start-Up Guide

So I have recently become addicted to the mobile game Fallout Shelter, released by Bethesda Softworks last year. Ahead of the release of Fallout 4 in November. Even with this game now being a year old, it is still going strong on the market store.

There are many different approaches to this game, depending on how you fancy playing. It wasn’t easy starting the game as there’s a lot to understand. I thought I would share my top seven tips that I wish I knew when I built my first Vault.

Vault 101

1. Don’t expand too quickly

It might seem fun adding extra rooms when your caps are rolling in. But the more rooms you have, the more electric that needs to be produced. You only want to expand when your Dwellers are increasing. Before you add specialist rooms, make sure you’ve got enough resources being produced. As those caps could have been used to increase your resources.

2. Build Food and Water rooms close to Power Rooms

If you run low on Power, the rooms furthest away will loose their power first. Meaning those rooms won’t be able to be used by your Dwellers. If these are your Food or Water rooms, Dwellers won’t be able to produce these resources. If they are close, they will be the last to loose power. You will hopefully be able to control it before it gets too low.

3. Have guards at your Vault Door

You are able to have a maximum of two guards at your Vault Door. Try having these Dwellers the highest level as possible. They will have more health than others. It’s good to have guards here as they can defend your Vault quiet well. Allow them to have your better weapons as you’ll have regular raids.

Fallout Vault Door

4. Merging rooms

You are able to merge rooms which increases how many Dwellers can produce that resources. Also producing more of that resource at one time. Remember, merge first then upgrade the room. Saves you having to upgrade both of the rooms as they don’t merge until they are the same level.

5. Assigning Dwellers to the correct room

When new Dwellers reach your vault, they have stronger skills that allow them to produce resources quicker. When you’re hovering a Dweller over a room, the higher the number, the better they are for that room. Make sure you know who is best for which room so you can produce your resources quickly.

6. Don’t rush rooms too much

You are able to rush rooms to produce their resources quicker but if those Dwellers don’t have good skills, the room will fail. Leading to an attack or a fire. Don’t have too many unsuccessful rushes as the life of your Dwellers will quickly decrease. Having one person in each room will be helpful as weapons do more damage than fists.

Fallout Rush.png

7. Explore the Wasteland

It is never too early to explore the Wasteland, it’s the best way to acquire weapons and outfits that can boost your SPECIAL stats of your Dwellers. It’s best to do this early on as with receiving the outfits, you can increase the chances of a successful rushing. Also enabling different Dwellers to be in different rooms with the use of outfits.

So that’s it guys! I know this is a little different from my usual lifestyle piece but I am completely addicted to this currently! Still after a year of it being released. I had a hard time starting in the beginning so I hope these points have helped someone. If you have anymore tips or if you wish to know anything else please comment below!