Wipe Out

Fiction - Dystopia
276 Pages
Reviewed on 09/15/2023
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Reviewed by Alex Ndirangu for Readers' Favorite

Teresa Godfrey's Wipe Out transports us to a society where Wipe Out Viruses shock humanity's existence and population to their core. What once used to be flourishing farmlands, vibrant cities, and busy towns are desolate wastelands where bloodthirsty, malformed monsters wander. Worse yet, friendship, love, social bonding, family, and loyalties to each other are relics of a time lost, utterly meaningless, and anti-citizenship. Procreation is strictly governed and only done artificially to ensure a healthy population loyal only to the state. In this new and dangerous world, we meet Hazel, a law-abiding citizen and military driver whose life turns upside down after tragedy, and inner turmoil pushes her to challenge everything that defines a good citizen of the state. It all starts when Hazel heads out searching for 19-year-old Salt but finds him dead and clutching the photograph of what looks like a mother and her son. When the authorities task Hazel with the mission to find out the identity of the people in the photo, she is thrust into a world of dark revelations about the system she swore to protect and serve.

Wipe Out is one of the most engaging novels I've ever read. The pacing moves swiftly and naturally, and it's easy to immerse yourself in the world of the story. The characters' ways of life are well established, and the concept of a society where connection, trust, and love have deteriorated does not feel outlandish. It is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans live emotionless and unhappy lives for the benefit of a selfish and tyrannical leadership and system. The narrative lives up to its early promise thanks to Teresa Godfrey's aptly crafted descriptions. You can visualize Hazel following Salt's trail with darkness falling. This part gave me chills, and I couldn't help but feel that a virus-riddled animal was lurking in the dark in the scorched rubble, keenly watching and waiting for the right moment to pounce. This book will be a new favorite if you enjoy dystopian settings, horror, and fast-paced action.