The Arrivals: A Novel by Melissa Marr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Melissa Marr does such a great job building worlds! The Wastelands are inhabited by vampire-like creatures, humanoids evolved to do things like mining, and the Arrivals, humans taken from our world and brought there. Each Arrival was a killer in our world, so perhaps that has something to do with why they've gone to this new place. None are from the same era, with Jack and sister Kitty the longest there (26 years) and from the oldest era (1870s), and in this new place people don't necessarily die, they can rise again after six days. Oh, and there are monks who summon demons. Discovering what makes the Wastelands tick is part of the fun. Figuring out how (if) Jack and Kitty can keep their crew safe from Arjuni and his crew, not to mention from Garuda, is the rest of it.
My problem here wasn't with the world, but the pacing is a bit slow. I wasn't sure where this was going, or how far we were going to veer from normal. Westerns are also not my genre, not even ones set in a very different world. That I kept reading and enjoyed it as much as I did is testament to Marr's skill.
ARC provided by publisher.