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Friday, July 24, 2015

Book Review: Wisteria (Wisteria #1) by Bisi Leyton

Wisteria (Wisteria #1)
by Bisi Leyton

278 pages
August 15th 2012
Sixteen year old Wisteria Kuti has two options—track the infected around the Isle of Smythe or leave the only known safe haven and face a world infested with flesh eating biters. But even with well-armed trackers, things go wrong and Wisteria ends up alone facing certain death, until she is rescued by the mysterious Bach. Uninfected, Bach is able to survive among the hordes of living dead.

Eighteen year old Bach, from a race known as The Family, has no interest in human affairs. He was sent here to complete his Great Walk and return home as a man—as a Sen Son. The Family regard humans as Dirt People, but Bach is drawn to this Terran girl, whom he has never seen before, but somehow knows.

Hunted by flesh eaters, cannibals, and the mysterious blood thirsty group called Red Phoenix, Wisteria and Bach make their way back to the Isle of Smythe, a community built on secrets and lies.

I don't read much YA because I fear running across a female protag who I want to go all little bunny foo-foo on (you know, bop them on the head). Wisteria is one of the emotionally strongest female YA characters I've read. Dealing with bullying and betrayal she still manages to do the right thing when others would look for revenge. She is a good person thrown into a horrible situation and manages to hold onto her humanity when those around her don't.

There are so many layers to this story. The blurb doesn't even begin to cover it. There are two separate story lines: Wisteria's post apocalyptic world and Bach's, we'll call it alien, world. Bach has only experienced the worst of the human race and was raised with no tolerance for the lesser Terrans. The author keeps Bach and Wisteria true to their characters as both try to understand each other. The story stays away from the Romeo and Juliet troupe and delivers something more real. It flirts with some teenage angst, but I like the way Wisteria handles things.

And then...plot twists! The two protags start uncovering a conspiracy that shakes both their foundations.

The story is well written and moves at a quick pace with a creative plot.

4 "Terran" Sheep


About the Author:
Bisi Leyton was born and lives in London.She has worked around Europe including France, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and the Czech Republic. She has a fondness for reading graphic novels, and grew up in the UK, Nigeria and the States, listening to the stories life and love from aunts, cousins and big sisters. As a fan of the Sweet Valley High Series, she started writing fan-fiction at eleven, will never reveal under pain of death.