Wisteria by Bisi Leyton
Genre: Dystopian Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (191 pgs)
Age recommendation: 12+
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Snapdragon
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 was shocked to find a ‘glossary of terms’ before the opening of a work of fiction, but must admit that Wisteria’s glossary is intriguing in and of itself. Just a quick glance through has you imagining all sorts of things about the coming story.
Wisteria brings us into a whole new realm. We step across the threshold into a completely unpredictable tale. There are points that we recognize–it’s a contemporary city with ordinary motorways and the like. The pharmacy, school and sidewalks make this a place we can visualize. Other points, like ‘biters’ with their faint echo of vampire/zombie-ism and the Isle of Smythe are new ideas and places invented for our travels.
For teenager Wisteria Kuti, its important to learn survival skills; she joins a patrol, and even moves up to tracker. Teams are important – friends and family all rely on one another in a near-professional way, just to stay alive. Even with the endless fear, precautions, and hopes, a lot about Wisteria is still a normal teenager. Other kids are other kids, and it's nice to befriend another kid in need, like Amanda. While nothing in life is ‘normal’ it’s nice to see Wisteria still has hopes of the normal. When she finds herself in need – a whole other community comes to her aid. Bach is a wonderful alternate type person, and .... but I don’t want any spoilers here!
It’s enough to say that this is a super read. The action is fast and frequently suspenseful. Conversation is believable – making the whole story more believable. I do think fantasy fans will enjoy this book.