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Reviewed by Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite
The Sino-American War lasted from 2028 to 2045 and decimated several generations of men. But that wasn’t the worst thing. Along came the Sterility Epidemic that made 90% of the surviving males sterile. A year into the war, the Chinese detonated a nuke over Yellowstone. The aftermath was that electricity no longer functioned in five western states: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. While the rest of the country recovered, not so for them. The states were downgraded from state to territory status, a territory that resembled the old West of the late 1800s. Collectively, they became known as the Juniper, arguably the most dangerous place on Earth with very little law and an everyday struggle to survive. Juniper dwellers Cavatica Weller and her two gun slinging sisters, Sharlotte and Wren, start a cattle drive like no other to save their family ranch when they accidentally rescue a boy. Who is this strange boy, and why is he the subject of such a massive manhunt?
Dandelion Iron: The Juniper Wars Book 1 by Aaron Michael Ritchey caught my attention and I’m pleased that I chose it to read. The story has everything you need; lots of action, adventure and intrigue, leaving the reader eager to turn the pages. The author’s excellent writing skills have put together a satisfying tale with great characters, a setting that tweaks the imagination, and dialogue that is suitable for the story line. While billed as young adult sci-fi, any lover of the science fiction genre will certainly find it enjoyable. Nicely done. I liked it a lot.