The Wildlands by Abby Geni

The Wildlands

From the award winning author of The Lightkeepers comes a page turning new novel that explores the bond between siblings and the animal instincts that threaten to destroy them.When a Category 5 tornado ravaged Mercy, Oklahoma, no family in the small town lost more than the McClouds. Their home and farm were instantly demolished, and orphaned siblings Darlene, Jane, and Cora made media headlines. This relentless national attention and the tornado...

Details The Wildlands

TitleThe Wildlands
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherCounterpoint LLC
GenreFiction, Literary Fiction, Thriller, Contemporary, Suspense

Reviews The Wildlands

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    An easy, deliberate 5 stars!In the prologue of The Wildlands, a family is quickly preparing for a Category 5 tornado. They live on a farm and are working to secure the animals and themselves before disaster potentially strikes. I read The Wildlands as a hurricane was leaving an indelible and devastating path through my home state, and Abby Geni’s adept writing had me viscerally preparing for the tornado with the family. The McCloud children liv...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    ”But it was Tucker who worried Darlene the most. Something was happening to him--something she could not identify. He was speeding up, growing more intense by the day. Their great loss had created a mechanism inside his person--buried in his chest or the core of his brain--and it was always humming. She could practically see the vibration of the engine beneath his skin.” It all begins with a storm. The swirling finger of a vengeful god spins ...
  • JanB
    An easy 5 stars! The author’s writing is beautiful and completely captivating. All the elements come together to make this a riveting read. The audiobook’s narrator, Carol Monda, was excellent and when I wasn’t listening I was looking for a way to do so. When a tornado rips through Mercy, Oklahoma, the motherless McCloud children, Tucker, Darlene, Jane, and Cora, are left homeless orphans. Their father is dead, and the home and farm are des...
  • Rachel León
    Sometimes it's hard to know how many stars to give a book. Not this time--5 solid stars all the way.
  • Jill
    Some of the best contemporary books in literature teach us how to be human. But what does “being human” mean? Are we elevated from the rest of the animal species by our conscience and our ability to feel compassion? Or are we the most selfish and dangerous predators that ever lived, destined to eventually become extinct?This intelligently-written, page-turning novel provides no easy answers but it does provide much food for thought. Four sibl...
  • Acacia Ives
    I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. She’s done it again! This story of family and relationships is solid, beautiful and raw. I thought there was no way I’d like it as much as The Lightkeepers but I’m so happy I was proved wrong. The natural world is described with such love and attention. Absolutely obsessed!
  • switterbug (Betsey)
    “The Wildlands. Uncultivated land. Cultivation—that’s what humans do.”Geni’s latest and exciting literary thriller once again examines the liminal space between humans and wildlife, while depicting how compassion can mutate to corruption and danger. In this novel, Geni’s characters are not research biologists and strangers to each other, like in THE LIGHTKEEPERS. In THE WILDLANDS, her characters are four Oklahoma siblings orphaned by ...
  • Jeanette
    The writing was 4 star. But my enjoyment and interest festered rather than bloomed. The emotion that this book seeped- that was probably the 5 star bulls-eye for others. For me it just became almost too off putting for me to continue. I left it after the section titled August for some days. Disturbing and so mean this book! Brutal that tragedy would "explain" or "justify" in this way. To me it is. Sick seeps through this.She's a talented writer w...
  • Janelle
    Review to come...
  • Elizabeth
    i really liked this. it is a grim read but so well told that it was easy to keep reading. after a deadly tornado leaves 4 siblings orphaned the family quickly fractures. told from different perspectives this story unfolds as tucker & his younger sister hit the interstate & attempt to elude the police. tucker is an eco terrorist who lives somewhere in between the animal & human world. he is out of sync & troubled but his younger sister cora is fie...
  • Bruce Katz
    Solid 4.5 and I'm not sure myself why I didn't add that extra 1/2 point. (Well, I do, but...) "Wildlands" is every bit as well-written and engaging as "Lightkeepers," but quite different in subject, tone, and atmosphere. As other reviewers have pointed out, the book begins with catastrophe: a tornado that suddenly touches down in a small Oklahoma town (ironically named "Mercy") and leaves four children -- siblings of different ages -- homeless an...
  • Kelly
    I can’t say enough about this novel. It blends a unique and exciting plot with wonderful fully developed characters. Abby Geni has an amazing way of being descriptive, particularly bringing animals and nature to life in a way that I could visualize them. She does this seamlessly without slowing the story down at all. I loved this novel so much than I immediately purchased her prior novel, The Lightkeepers.
  • Len Joy
    I started this book after takeoff from Sydney headed for San Francisco. I finished an hour after we passed over Hawaii. It’s not a page turner in the sense that you have to keep reading to find out what happens next – it is simply an engrossing, compelling, compassionate story that is hard to put down. Three years before the story begins a deadly tornado rips through Mercy, Oklahoma, The four McCloud children, Darlene, Tucker, Jane and Cora a...
  • Jessica Sullivan
    Another solid novel from Abby Geni centered on the interactions between humans and the natural world.The McClouds’ lives change forever when a horrific tornado rips though their Oklahoma home, leaving the four children orphaned. Tucker, the second oldest, runs away shortly after, and resurfaces a few years later to commit an act of environmental terrorism on a nearby cosmetics factory.Nine-year-old Cora has always felt a special bond with her b...
  • Varsha Ravi (between.bookends)
    I’ve previously read and loved Abby Geni’s short story collection, The Last Animal and her debut novel, The Lightkeepers. So I was very excited to get to this and I’m glad to report that it was worth a read. The Wildlands, to me, felt like a slight deviant from her usual style. While the inherent theme of environment and relationship to the natural world remain the focus, her stories, usually more personal, literary and character driven, in...
  • Gloria
    A rather typical family in Oklahoma is first devastated by the death of the mother, a woman with an affinity for animals and nature who will bequeath this characteristic to her son. This story opens with a tornado that in its sheer magnitude takes the life of the father and the family home, leaving four kids to grapple with grief and the needs of ordinary life.Darlene is just 18 when she gives up her dreams for college and becomes the head of the...
  • Ericka Seidemann
    Four orphans living in a trailer in Oklahoma are just trying to scrape by after a tornado destroyed their home and family. Tucker, the only brother, runs off, and Darlene, the eldest, takes on the responsibility of caring for her two younger sisters, forgoing her dream of going to college. They manage to eke out a living until one day when Tucker returns. He’s been on a rampage with an extreme animal rights group, and now he wants to take his a...
  • Gretchen
    I loved this book every bit as much as — and maybe more than — The Lightkeepers. I wouldn’t have guessed that possible. It was a beautiful, elegant, devastating read from start to finish. The final scene was more moving than anything I’ve read in recent memory and it easily brought me to tears. Additionally, I’m not usually a fan of epilogues, but this one brought me exactly what I needed.There’s so much to be said for Geni’s deft e...
  • Karen
    Some books should come with a warning. Since Abby Geni neglected to provide one, allow me. Get yourself a glass of water. Don’t want water? Pick a different beverage, but do NOT sit down to read this book before making sure your physical needs are met. Use the restroom, take your dog out too, grab that beverage. Think you might get hungry? Select a snack. Gather all the blankets. You will literally be paralyzed in your chair from the moment you...
  • Brian
    Four children survive an awful tornado that leaves their farm gone and their father deceased. The kids struggle and end up living in a trailer park. However, after a family fight, the only son, Tucker leaves the girls behind to fend for themselves. Years later, Tucker reappears to take Cora, the youngest child under his wing in some very shady and self righteous animal activism. What follows is a cat and mouse game that is very thrilling and well...
  • Jennifer Harris
    Excellent!!!! Loved all the Oklahoma aspects too. I loved this author’s other book as well.
  • Lisa
    "This is all true, you know. This really happened." The McCloud family is known as the saddest family in Mercy, Oklahoma. First the mother died during childbirth to Cora. Six years later, a tornado ripped over their farm, killing their father. The oldest brother, Tucker, becomes wilder than ever, and finally leaves the family in the care of Darlene. She does her best to hold Jane and Cora, her two remaining sisters, together in the ramshackle tra...
  • Kelly Morgan
    An unusual coming of age story about a family who continually faces the unthinkable. One tragedy after another places four children in a trailer park as orphans. The tragedy that took place at the inception was the horrific category 5 tornado that cost the children the patriarch of their family along with their household home, all their belongings and their animals. That event bonded the children together but fractured them as well, Tucker, espec...
  • Jaimirsky
    This book had me hooked on the first page. The writing is beautiful and the story and characters are compelling throughout.
  • Nicole Sunderlin
    This book was really good. I completely escaped into it for a few hours, and that’s the sign of an amazing book in my opinion. Read The Wildlands now. 🦒🐄
  • Debbi DuBose
    THE WILDLANDS by Abby Geni is an exceptionally well-written, intelligent, and thoroughly thought-provoking story. I enjoyed reading this novel because it's so different from anything I've read before! Ms Geni has penned a gem of a novel in THE WILDLANDS and I loved it!Mercy, Oklahoma is hit by a category 5 tornado and the McClouds lose their Dad, their home, and all the animals on their farmland. The oldest sister is Darlene who's 18 years old an...
  • Rachel Watkins
    Sometimes, more than parents or spouses, siblings are those we share the greatest intimacies and the harshest family histories. Only the four McCloud siblings know how deep the loss of their father and family farm is to them all, especially Tucker, the brother who connected the most to the animals, so beloved by his deceased mother. More than a story of a family broken apart by a natural disaster, THE WILDLANDS will have you discussing ecotourism...
  • Mike
    When her estranged older brother returns home, bleeding and running from the law, nine-year-old Cora agrees to leave with him, but soon discovers the shocking truth of his dangerous crusade. A highly readable and suspenseful page-turner with compelling moral questions.
  • Dgordon
    Tragedy always seems to follow the McCloud family but when a tornado wipes out their Oklahoma farm taking their widowed father they are left behind to pick-up the pieces. Tucker the only son takes off leaving the oldest sister Darlene behind to take care of her younger sisters Jane and Cora. Tucker is on the run but he returns for Cora where the go on the run from the law and the past.Abby Geni has done it again with this story of responsibility,...