Wonderblood

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    IGNOU M.Com Study Material, IGNOU Books, Free Download set in a barren United States, an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the land in strange and dangerous carnivals A mad cow like disease called Bent Head has killed off millions Those who remain worship the ruins of NASA s space shuttles, and Cape Canaveral is their Mecca Medicine and science have been rejected in favor of magic, prophecy, and blood sacrificeWhen traveling marauders led by the bloodthirsty Mr Capulatio invade her camp, a young girl named Aurora is taken captive as his bride and forced to join his band on their journey to Cape Canaveral As war nears, she must decide if she is willing to become her captor s queen But then other queens emerge, some grotesque and others aggrieved, and not all are pleased with the girl s ascent Politics and survival are at the centre of this ravishing novel."/>
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  • Wonderblood
  • Julia Whicker
  • 14 February 2019
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About the Author: Julia Whicker

Hardcover ç Wonderblood ePUB ´ wonderblood free, WonderbloodWonderblood Kindle Julia Whicker is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop where she won both the prestigious Capote Fellowship and the Teaching Writing Fellowship She s had her poetry published in the Iowa Review, Word Riot and The Millions, among others, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize A version of the first chapter of Wonderblood was published in the literary journal, UnstuckShe lives with her husband and daughter in Pennsylvania.


WonderbloodHardcover ç Wonderblood ePUB ´ wonderblood free, WonderbloodWonderblood Kindle It syears in the future, and a mad cow like disease called Bent Head has killed off most of the US population Those remaining turn to magic and sacrifice to cleanse the Earth Wonderblood is Julia Whicker s fascinating literary debut, set in a barren United States, an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the land in strange and dangerous carnivals A mad cow like disease called Bent Head has killed off millions Those who remain worship the ruins of NASA s space shuttles, and Cape Canaveral is their Mecca Medicine and science have been rejected in favor of magic, prophecy, and blood sacrificeWhen traveling marauders led by the bloodthirsty Mr Capulatio invade her camp, a young girl named Aurora is taken captive as his bride and forced to join his band on their journey to Cape Canaveral As war nears, she must decide if she is willing to become her captor s queen But then other queens emerge, some grotesque and others aggrieved, and not all are pleased with the girl s ascent Politics and survival are at the centre of this ravishing novel.

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10 thoughts on “Wonderblood

  1. Lisa says:

    What a huge heaping pile of horse shit I had to crawl through, just to reach the end of this dreadful story First off heads Head s everywhere Axed off Cut off Sawed off Staked Bagged Hanging from walls, tents, around waists Ugh I am completely skeeved out by beheadings Still, I kept reading Surely it can only get better Hurrump No character building The characters are all complete idjits Finally there was no ending None At no time did I ever get lost in this book The Cape, the What a huge heaping pile of horse shit I had to crawl through, just to reach the end of this dreadful story First off heads Head s everywhere Axed off Cut off Sawed off Staked Bagged Hanging from walls, tents, around waists Ugh I am completely skeeved out by beheadings Still, I kept reading Surely it can only get better Hurrump No character building The characters are all complete idjits Finally there was no ending None At no time did I ever get lost in this book The Cape, the carnival and its people not once became real to me, but I did at least expect some resolution I ll not recommend or read anything from this author

  2. Fabian says:

    This novel is a dystopian panorama literally like a painting that encompasses bloodlines and locations, all within a sturdy frame The colors of blood, moonlight, books, candles It s like a Spanish paining wherein everyone is mid grimace Velasquez , everyone has personality biography by proxy But the colors they will distract you And who could not love a tale that does nothing but remain still until the last few pages where it sludges to an awesome outcome Especially if it includes s This novel is a dystopian panorama literally like a painting that encompasses bloodlines and locations, all within a sturdy frame The colors of blood, moonlight, books, candles It s like a Spanish paining wherein everyone is mid grimace Velasquez , everyone has personality biography by proxy But the colors they will distract you And who could not love a tale that does nothing but remain still until the last few pages where it sludges to an awesome outcome Especially if it includes shrunken heads, vindictive queens, starships, virile incompetents, gore galore Thanks to St Martin s Press for my advanced copy stmartinspress

  3. Carrie says:

    Wonderblood by Julia Whicker is a dystopian fantasy read set in the distant future where a disease has wiped out most of the population Those left on Earth fight to survive as they await the return of the space shuttles at Cape Canaveral that will signal the cleansing of the planet.I have to say this is one of those books I start out reading and then think what the heck have I gotten myself into Total weirdness from page one is what I got The book starts with the talk of how everyone seems t Wonderblood by Julia Whicker is a dystopian fantasy read set in the distant future where a disease has wiped out most of the population Those left on Earth fight to survive as they await the return of the space shuttles at Cape Canaveral that will signal the cleansing of the planet.I have to say this is one of those books I start out reading and then think what the heck have I gotten myself into Total weirdness from page one is what I got The book starts with the talk of how everyone seems to like to behead people and what they do with those heads But the sad thing to say I don t blink at this but I get to where Aurora thinks she ll survive eating the seagulls and then I get disgusted and think not the seagulls So anyway now we know how I ended up with the weirdness to begin with The story starts off pretty slowly as we wade through the decapitated victims and meet Aurora what has been with her brother s carnival Another carnival shows up to take the land and next we know Aurora is captured by Mr Capulatio who is a total creeper and of course thinks he ll be ruling the world with Aurora as his queen.As the story went on I started thinking I wonder if the author is from a legalized marijuana state maybe got the idea from The Walking Dead where the survivors now are constantly at battle as if getting 90% of the world wiped out isn t enough The characters in here all sort of have Negan s kill first ask questions later attitude with the idea of spilling blood to save the world.Then we get to learning how everyone worships at Cape Canaveral and I actually found this a really creative idea I imagine that over the course of 500 years the idea that we once went into space before the world became ill and the disease hit would be just what some nutty person needed to create the blood obsessed world it had become.By the time I got to the end of this one though I was back to scratching my head The potential of the idea to me really didn t get played out as well as I hoped that it would and after wading through all the craziness and mayhem I felt a tad disappointed with the end leaving me to rate this book at 2.5 stars.I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.Forreviews please visit

  4. Sh3lly says:

    This was a cool, quirky, post apocalyptic story that will have triggers for some, but was entertaining and fulfilled my weird quota nicely.I loved how the religion was based off the shuttles and their return Cape Canaveral was the great kingdom with the heirs to the throne descendants of astronauts This book has a little bit of everything for fans of dystopian and post apocalyptic books Yes, there is a pedophile and his young child bride she is 14, I think But, there are no graphic scenes This was a cool, quirky, post apocalyptic story that will have triggers for some, but was entertaining and fulfilled my weird quota nicely.I loved how the religion was based off the shuttles and their return Cape Canaveral was the great kingdom with the heirs to the throne descendants of astronauts This book has a little bit of everything for fans of dystopian and post apocalyptic books Yes, there is a pedophile and his young child bride she is 14, I think But, there are no graphic scenes Still, you can love to hate the fanatical David the one true king and his psycho first wife lolMy only criticism is that the sections with the two members of court, the hierophant and chief astronomer could have been shortened But, they were still entertaining and neurotically fun to read I loved the weirdness It s got just the right amount of disturbing for the type of book it is Thank you Netgalley and publisher for providing a digital copy to read and review.Original post I m confused as to whether this is a new release or a re release It says not due out until spring of 2018, but I m also seeing originally released in 2016 Anyhow, I started it and got to 20% and it s pretty darn good It s a cray cray post apocalyptic story Right up my alley Think The Book of the Unnamed Midwife a little bit.There are abuse triggers, FYI Child abuse too, although nothing explicit so far This is grittier than the cover would have you expect, in my view But, I m liking it so far On Netgalley

  5. Mel (Epic Reading) says:

    Added June 19, 2019 Just bought a print copy of Wonderblood for my bookshelf and thought to myself what a great book it is I can even still remember what happens and many of the characters and scenarios I cannot say that for many books a year after I read them Re reading my review below I cannot figure out why I gave it only 4 stars So bumped to 5 and put on the favourites shelf as this one has stuck with me While the set Added June 19, 2019 Just bought a print copy of Wonderblood for my bookshelf and thought to myself what a great book it is I can even still remember what happens and many of the characters and scenarios I cannot say that for many books a year after I read them Re reading my review below I cannot figure out why I gave it only 4 stars So bumped to 5 and put on the favourites shelf as this one has stuck with me While the setting and dystopian features of Wonderblood may not sound different from the average dystopian book it is certainly in the literary realm of Station Eleven and Cloud Atlas The story takes place in the continental USA when a disease has ravished the country and not only killed many but contaminated the actual soil of the earth The style and tone of Julia Whicker s writing is very literary One of the religions uses historical space shuttle names as a part of their lore Ironically there are no space excursions or futuristic elements to Wonderblood even though it is set in the future It has a little magic, a little science, a little horror but a lot of beautiful and thought bending prose Writing StyleA huge portion of the experience reading Wonderblood is being immersed in the literary style that Whicker employs You could just as easily have been reading a historical account The setting is the future but it s a nomadic no technology world and so it feels different from the average sci fi novel The magic in the book is rooted in scientific concepts but they are not explained or analyzed in the context of modern science Finally, there is lots of blood but it s not described in a horrific way that feels like a horror story Wonderblood is, at its core, a literary book The mood of the writing is as much the story as the actual plot and characters themselves The use of descriptors woman, girl, man instead of names, when we are experiencing the world from certain points of view, reinforces that there is a theme to the way the story is told This tone and style affects how the story feels as you read it It sthan just a story about people in tough times Yes it s awfulbut not like you thinkIt s very difficult to write a dystopian story without having a lot of blood and death It s just the nature we expect from dystopian books Whicker certainly doesn t shy away from the horrors of her futuristic societies we follow two different religious social groups but she also doesn t emphasize them either From certain points of view the blood is horrific, and from others it s just part of a ritual In some instances carrying a rotting head around is terrifying and disgusting but for others it s comforting and a way of life Whicker has normalized some of the horror to a point where we start to understand why some of our characters don t comprehend that what they are doing is perhaps morally objectionable.ReligionI think using the names of space shuttles to form the basis for a religion is a cute nod towards the science fiction genre It s easy to get caught up in the intricacies of each group s religious practices that define their morals, laws, personal interactions, rituals, etc As with most religions there are important books or texts and being able to read and interpret them is of value The core elements of most religions exists here and yet these two religions are far from our own Whicker is, I believe, making a point about religion throughout the book She uses elements from our true past and skews them into these new religious groups The insinuation, of course, is that perhaps we don t interpret or understand the culture or context of the ideals we worship A bit of a jab at religion in general which is ironic given the importance of the two competing religions to the book Characters PlotIf you re looking for an in depth character analysis or active intricate plot you ve probably got the wrong book The core of Wonderblood is the analysis of what drives and motives humans to be a certain way There is no real plot except that a comet appears in the sky and our two religious groups react to this appearance For me that was enough plot to set up the reasons why things start to happen but I could see how many may find this book to be too unsubstantial or lacking focus because there is no real purpose to the story other than to explore morals, faith and human nature OverallI really enjoyed this book Upon finishing it I instantly wanted to read it again Wonderblood is a book that could easily be analyzed and studied in any classroom at any level It s the kind of book people will love to hate as its literary style may be a bitchallenging than your average read Therefore you have to put some effort into reading Wonderblood as it is riddled subtle and symbolic events and thoughts For me, the effort was worth it I loved contemplating the intricacies Had I read this book as a teen I could see it having a profound impact on me assuming I read it all the way through As it was, even as an adult, I loved how much it made me think I will definitely be purchasing this book for my print library I cannot wait to read it again and revisit the morals, concepts and ideals set up in this dystopian future Please note I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley This is an honest and unbiased review.

  6. megs_bookrack says:

    I finished Wonderblood late last night and needed to sleep on it before I could formulate my thoughts into a coherent review Firstly, this is a debut novel for Julia Whicker and although this book did not blow me away, I would certainly be interested in other books, unrelated to this one, that she may write in the future I enjoyed her writing style a lot which was not just agreeable, but at times absolutely lyrical At the beginning of the book, literally the first 10 to 15 pages, there was so I finished Wonderblood late last night and needed to sleep on it before I could formulate my thoughts into a coherent review Firstly, this is a debut novel for Julia Whicker and although this book did not blow me away, I would certainly be interested in other books, unrelated to this one, that she may write in the future I enjoyed her writing style a lot which was not just agreeable, but at times absolutely lyrical At the beginning of the book, literally the first 10 to 15 pages, there was some content that almost made me give it up It did not grab me at all and in fact certain elements of it turned me off It is an Adult SciFi novel that is set in a very gritty, very harsh post apocalyptic wasteland Trigger warnings for abuse, child rape, sibling incest and or sibling molestation I could see this causing a lot of people to turn away very quickly from this book If you can get by that, it does get better.The middle is where I feel the story is at its strongest, with political intrigue and an interesting religious system Taking place in a future United States, which has had its population decimated by a mad cow like disease, this story picks up in the aftermath We never learn too much about the chain of events prior to the current action and I would have liked a bithistory or general set up It reminded me of blend of Mad Max meets The Road.One of the biggest disappointments for me was the lack of character development I came away feeling so blah about all of the characters There were none that I related too or even felt that I knew enough about to care for in any way If this were a start to a series, I ll be honest, I would not pick up the second book Additionally, I didn t feel like the atmosphere was strong enough to make up for the lack of character development Overall, the execution fell flat.On the positive side, I did love that the characters worshiped NASA space shuttles and had Cape Canaveral as their holiest of sites That was extremely unique Thank you so much to the publisher, St Martin s Press, for providing me with a copy to read and review I appreciate the opportunity

  7. Mogsy (MMOGC) says:

    2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum pains me greatly to admit I couldn t get into Wonderblood, the latest entry into the flourishing genre of literary dystopian fiction Debut author Julia Whicker writes beautifully, with her haunting and haunted world and characters enticing readers into a realm filled with harsh wonders and mysteries, where one can easily become lost in the cracks and crevices of time and place Ultimately though, it came down to a matt 2 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum pains me greatly to admit I couldn t get into Wonderblood, the latest entry into the flourishing genre of literary dystopian fiction Debut author Julia Whicker writes beautifully, with her haunting and haunted world and characters enticing readers into a realm filled with harsh wonders and mysteries, where one can easily become lost in the cracks and crevices of time and place Ultimately though, it came down to a matter of taste I found the book too unsettling and strange, and coupled with the slow and dense plot, I had a very difficult time connecting with any of the characters or their motivations.The story takes place in a post apocalyptic future where much of the United States has become vast swaths of barren wasteland In Cape Canaveral, Florida, a king and his circle of royal elites preside over the faithful who live among the crumbling ruins of NASA s facilities and defunct shuttles There, they await the return of their ancestors in the Rockets , an event prophesied to be their salvation Meanwhile, across the south, the roving tribal bands called carnivals continue to do their bloody work based on the doctrine of Wonderblood, which directs its followers to carry out killings and beheadings lots and lots of beheadings in order to cleanse the land of its disease.In one of these carnivals, a girl known only as Aurora is captured by Mr Capulatio, the leader of a rival carnival who foresaw her role in his campaign to overthrow the king Believing her to be pivotal to his rise to the throne, Mr Capulatio keeps Aurora alive and makes her his new bride despite the anger and protestations from his first wife, the prophetess Orchid Their sacred texts say that the Rockets will only return once the True King reigns at Cape Canaveral, so when two bright spots suddenly appear in the sky, Mr Capulatio and his legions see it as a sign to start laying siege to the city The royals on the other hand are mystified and unnerved by the outlaw carnival amassing outside their gates, the king sending his head hierophant and astrologers scrambling to interpret the appearance of the stella novae No one knows for sure whether they are the long awaited shuttles carrying their forebears, but most are convinced they are a harbinger for violent changes to come.First, what I liked Whicker s prose is intensely rich and evocative, painting a stunning yet stark view of the dystopian future which serves as the backdrop to her grim tale A strong sense pervades the reader that civilization has become a ruin for so long that the world s real history has become virtually inseparable from myth Some of these accounts include blood and viscera raining from the heavens and poisoning the land, resulting a deadly mad cow like disease known as Bent Head which killed millions and mutated animals into monstrous creatures The people s understanding of science and religion has also been distorted and in some cases these concepts have been corrupted and combined, giving rise to certain bizarre social or cultural practices, like keeping shrunken heads as charms and worshipping space shuttles.However, in spite of these fascinating elements, there were still a lot of holes in the world building Many of them are due to the limited perspectives of our characters, many of whom have insular outlooks and are operating within their own spheres of influence, presenting few opportunities to really expand and explore the world Their voices also feel very aloof and detached, like Aurora, who doesn t seem to possess any kind of drive or agency to affect her situation beyond the capacity of the space she s thrust into While a rough life of sexual assault and abuse at her own brother s hands may have led to this acquiescent personality, it also meant that Aurora remained rather static and undeveloped throughout the story Things didn t go much better with the other characters either, and some of chapters taking place within the king s court were a downright struggle to read because I didn t feel like they did much to advance the plot or characters The pacing would slow to a crawl in these sections so that it seemed like even after we hit the three quarters mark, barely anything has happened at all.Others might also find the book s topics and themes disturbing There s no glossing over this dystopian nightmare, where the credo is kill or be killed Rival carnivals fight for territory amidst this chaos and lawlessness reminiscent of a Mad Max type world, and the winners are driven by religious zeal to capture and behead as many of their enemies as they can because of Wonderblood The character Aurora also experiences rape and abuse, first from her older brother and then from Capulatio, who manipulates her by keeping her imprisoned and unaware of her fate It s a cruel and merciless world, so if you re uncomfortable with the idea then it might be wise to stay away.In sum, Wonderblood offers a uniquely imagined dystopian future replete with violent and dark themes Julia Whicker can write well, as evidenced by her gorgeous prose, but unfortunately, the plot s slow pacing and the lack of development and depth to the characters ultimately made this one an unsatisfying read The lack of closure was also disappointing, with the open ended nature of the conclusion making me suspect that a sequel will be forthcoming, though at this point I m not sure I ll continue because I m just not feeling the story or the characters

  8. Brooke — brooklynnnnereads says:

    This was one weird and unusual read that I didn t see coming Prior to reading, I thought this book may have been one part dystopian and one part space odyssey Man, was I wrong on that account First, before I get into my thoughts I have to say that although I m giving it a 3 star rating, it s a 2.5 star to me The struggle was real on deciding whether to round up or down, but I have come to the conclusion that visually it s a 3 star but in reality, it s 2.5 stars Okay, moving on Again, I hav This was one weird and unusual read that I didn t see coming Prior to reading, I thought this book may have been one part dystopian and one part space odyssey Man, was I wrong on that account First, before I get into my thoughts I have to say that although I m giving it a 3 star rating, it s a 2.5 star to me The struggle was real on deciding whether to round up or down, but I have come to the conclusion that visually it s a 3 star but in reality, it s 2.5 stars Okay, moving on Again, I have to emphasize that this was a weird, unusual, and odd novel It starts off with the first chapter involving beheading people and using the head as an almost trophy of protection Weird Yes It continued to be that weird throughout Part of me is envisioning, The Walking Dead except these people.weren t dead One of the main things that I had a hard part with for this novel is the alternating points of view between characters Alternating points of view is hard to get right for any novel and unfortunately, this book did not seem to get it right I felt that we barely grazed the surface of each character in both their histories and actually getting to know them Also, what can happen with a lot of multiple point of view novels is that I become interested in one character s story and the rest I am disinterested That also happened within this novel with me becominginterested in Aurora s story Another issue that I had with this novel was the pacing It really isn t that long of a novel but for some reason, it read really slow for me I had a tough time getting through it It could be because I felt myself losing interest repeatedly but overall, the novel was incredibly slow and was like trudging through sand to get through Now, with all that being said, I do have to identify some things that I felt the novel had going for it First, the illustrations were beautiful and were the perfect addition to the novel Secondly, there were periods of time while I was reading that I was reminded of the writings of Brandon Sanderson He s an incredibly popular author and I remember at moments having difficulty with some of his novels So, maybe it s a personal issue There is potential that many will enjoy this book even though I didn t particularly I think it was a good debut and it was imaginative but I m hoping forfor this writer in the future Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review

  9. Minx says:

    If there has ever been a story that has left me grappling with feelings of love and revulsion, it is Wonderblood When I first read this synopsis, I was intrigued and revolted Dystopian society where said society is in complete disarray, barren wastelands well hello Mad Max style setting The captive bride reference left me feeling that there would be rape and all sorts of other not nice scenarios Then there was promise of politics, ugh, not the biggest fan of that element But I thought, If there has ever been a story that has left me grappling with feelings of love and revulsion, it is Wonderblood When I first read this synopsis, I was intrigued and revolted Dystopian society where said society is in complete disarray, barren wastelands well hello Mad Max style setting The captive bride reference left me feeling that there would be rape and all sorts of other not nice scenarios Then there was promise of politics, ugh, not the biggest fan of that element But I thought, hey at least there won t be any love triangles, I hate those, but guess what, there sort of was There are a lot of mixed reviews on this book so I will try and be very clear about my loves and dislikes.The setting is five hundred years post Bent Head disease and society has fallen into warring factions Although not everybody, but a huge majority of the people left are worshipers of everything NASA with a special focus on the space shuttles This is no starry eyed dystopian society with morally grey inhabitants This is kill or be killed, seriously messed up factions who have descended into utter madness No one is enlightened or civilized, this society is bottom of the barrel type individuals and is absolutely straight out of my newest nightmares I loved it and hated it Loved it because as messed up as it is I think that it is a valid scenario of a post apocalyptic situation Hated it because it scared me to consider it and nothing about this scenario gave me any sense of peace.There is no vigilante hero to get behind in Wonderblood The main character that the story incorporates is Aurora but her point of view is not continuous The story is told from alternating point of views and at the start of each chapter you have to take a minute to figure out whose story is being told because it is not clearly noted That may be off putting to some readers The characters themselves do not really develop, they are pretty static in terms of growth, but that works for this story because it is not really about the characters The story is really about the warring factions within a society and the pinnacle of their frenzied worship on a religion based on schematics and such from a defunct space program.What needed to be improved There were no in depth details about what exactly Bent Head disease was I also wished forinformation about the initial collapse of society How did it start, who was affected first How was it that intellectuals did not survive to be a faction in this society There was no way highly educated individuals could ever function as low as the characters in this setting did, there is just no way, because this society was a very low functioning society that had very primitive brain thinking There were also parts of the story that started to go somewhere and then were just dropped off Might not matter to some but I noticed and was left wondering.Overall, I appreciated the uniqueness that is Wonderblood The idea of a civilization that worships space, space shuttles, and NASA was very cool to me Also, to be in a society where doctors, medicine, and surgical advances were seen as abhorrent was a complete mindblower I would have liked to have explored that concept someNow comes the WARNING If you can t stomach decapitations, mutilations, and depravity, this is not a story for you Rape is another subject that you would have to deal with There is nothing graphically depicted, but it is pretty clear about what has taken place There is also the fact that the main character is a child and is taken as bride by a much older man The ending is abrupt, so there may beto come in this world, and this is not a world that will appeal to everyone I say if you are a fan of post apocalyptic, dystopian fiction that you give this story a try It is world set in a heighten state of unrest and has all the elements that would appeal to readers of that genre.This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley It is an honest and voluntary review The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review andat The Genre Minx Book Reviews

  10. d says:

    Wonderblood is one of the best books I ve read in a very long time It is sort of like Blood Meridian, The Road, and Candide had a baby with a tarot deck It is unflinching and epic like Blood Meridian but without Cormac McCarthy s pretentiousness it s bleak like The Road but lacking its single minded simplicity It has the heart and wonder behind the satire of Candide And it s archetypal like those books, like tarot cards, but much weirder The story is set 500 years or maybe 1000 I ve seen Wonderblood is one of the best books I ve read in a very long time It is sort of like Blood Meridian, The Road, and Candide had a baby with a tarot deck It is unflinching and epic like Blood Meridian but without Cormac McCarthy s pretentiousness it s bleak like The Road but lacking its single minded simplicity It has the heart and wonder behind the satire of Candide And it s archetypal like those books, like tarot cards, but much weirder The story is set 500 years or maybe 1000 I ve seen conflicting things in the future in a dystopian world where a sickness called Bent Head has wiped out much of the population The descendents of the survivors worship astronauts, travel the deathscapes in carnivals that behead people, and view medicine surgery as witchcraft The book follows a group of characters through a series of momentous events and tracks how their views of the world change It s about the absurdity of the human condition, how little we understand at any given moment, and faith doubt in the face of those things.I ve seen other reviewers call this YA fiction, which it s not, even though one of the characters is a teenager Dystopian fiction is a better label, but it s literature first, so don t expect it to be plot driven this is a book about feelings and ideas The writing is lush and evocative, and there is just enough mystery and coincidence in the world that it feels real like a medieval funhouse mirror version of our own world, but a mirror nonetheless.I m really not qualified to make this statement, but I feel it, so I ll say it anyway Julia Whicker must be one of the greatest writers of our generation, if not one of the greatest writers alive The pain of it all Wonderblood made the unreal real and so sometimes magic didn t seem so much like a lie after all, and that confused her