The Arrivals by Melissa Marr

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Novel Summation:

Chloe walks into a bar and blows five years of sobriety. When she wakes, she finds herself in an unfamiliar world, The Wasteland. She discovers people from all times and places have also arrived there: Kitty and Jack, a brother and sister from the Wild West; Edgar, a prohibition bootlegger; Francis, a one-time hippie; Melody, a mentally unbalanced 1950s housewife; and Hector, a former carnival artist.
None know why they arrived there–or if there is way out of a world populated by monsters and filled with corruption.

My Thoughts:

This was a really interesting and creative book. I first thought this book was going to be like the movie Predator and be about an alien race that brought people and creatures from different times and places to this one place and then hunt them and instead I got something just as cool. The setting is a very western feel with elements from other genres and times. We have a mafia gangster character, someone from our own time period, a cowboy and saloon girl, a hippie, and vampire like creatures. The world is creatively unique and very captivating. There is no real main character but the book does follow the perspectives of Kitty (Katherine), Jack, Chloe, and briefly Ajani who is the antagonist of the book. I liked Kitty but sometimes I found her to be too standoffish (such as when she had thoughts of shooting Chloe for making her brother have feelings for her). Jack was a strong leader though it seemed silly that he thought he was immune in a way to love. Chloe was the new arrival to the group and her acceptable to her new life was a bit strange but you find yourself enjoying watching how she handles things and people. Ajani wasn’t very intimidating and for the apparent villain he wasn’t seen doing much bad things (it was just assumed he was bad from what others say). You almost get the feeling after reading this book that there should be more to this book or a prequel that goes more in depth of the interactions between the Arrivals and Ajani and the Arrivals and the Monks/demons. We are just told that there is animosity between the two groups and while the glossing of the past dynamics might be find for other readers I was hoping for a bit more depth and substance to the book. I didn’t like the explanation for how the Arrivals arrived and maybe would have preferred something more spiritual (like this is their opportunity for a second chance or some higher being brought them for an unknown and never known purpose). Overall I would recommend this book because it is just so different from what is out there but still finds a way to combine the things you are use to (like vampire like creatures, westerns, modern issues, action, romance/sex, magic, demons).

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