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Bindweed Highway by Aaron Michael Ritchey is book four in the author's Juniper Wars series, following on the heels of Dandelion Iron, Killdeer Winds, and Thistle Inferno. As a quick backstory, the Juniper Wars follow Cavatica Weller and her band of sisters (both natural and amassed), surviving in a dystopian future after a nuclear war that decimated the United States, and five in particular: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. These form "Jupiter", a dangerous and desolate land where the war seems to rage on, all by itself. The few men that still exist are mostly sterile, but women are still battling gender equality (go figure, right?). In Bindweed Highway, the adventure continues with the Weller sisters out to find an enemy (who could prove helpful) and rescue Micaiah and Pilate.
Bindweed Highway by Aaron Michael Ritchey is an absolute gem from the very start. Cavatica Weller has all the qualities we search for in a female protagonist, and she's endearing from the first sentence. Ritchey has created a rich and vibrant world out of the ashes of one we see now. The writing is tight, the first-person narrative is gritty and authentic, and the story line carries all of the suspense a character like Cavatica deserves to grow and punch through. It's not easy for an author to carve out a unique place in the steampunk genre, but if you're looking for a high-tech thrilling adventure...Bindweed Highway is where it's at. I look forward to the fifth installment in the series, Needlegrass Girls.