The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands

The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands

Hardback Published on: 20/06/2024
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The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
Incredible!
Wow what a book! I devoured this in just two days, I didn't want to put it down and I obsessed over it every second I wasn't reading it and I expect it wil... READ MORE
Rayah Evans
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
A great book to travel in
I rarely get to read books about trains in fiction. I’d personally argue we need more stories about trains our lives and this story definitely helps in my ... READ MORE
Alexander Cooil
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
A beautiful and original novel.
I’m blown away by this book. Captivated by the world Sarah Brooks has created. It’s absolutely a book that grips you and keeps you wanting more. You real... READ MORE
James, Canterbury.
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
A journey fuelled by suspense
Cautious Traveller’s Guide to the Wastelands really impressed me with it’s clever writing and intriguing worldbuilding, while mixing together elements of S... READ MORE
Bookseller Adam, Birmingham
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
A Unique New Voice in Fiction
Sarah Brooks’ debut is an imaginative, clever and altogether captivating read. Readers accompany a diverse cast of characters, the passengers and crew of t... READ MORE
Jen Mackay at Windsor
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
A thrilling ride into the unknown
I sped through this fantastic book because I didn't want to put it down. The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands follows a train journey from Beij... READ MORE
Izzie M
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
Intriguing ride with imaginative world-building
This is a slow-burn historical fantasy set on the Tran-Siberian railway at the end of the 19th century. After a previous disastrous journey, the controllin... READ MORE
Selena, Guildford
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
Fantastic
Equally cosy and creepy to combine the wonder and magic of the orient express with the horrors of a dangerous wilderness and questions about our relations... READ MORE
Luke
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
A wonderful journey
I really enjoyed travelling the wastelands with the passengers in this book. The story itself was very well crafted, with brilliant and eclectic group of c... READ MORE
Cerys at Hemel Hempstead
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
A book as beguilling as the landscape it describes
Deftly straddling the precipice between weird fantasy mystery and outright horror, The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands was an absolute joy to ... READ MORE
Lore at Enfield
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
Inventive, intelligent and brimming with atmosphere and richness of the imagination
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands by Sarah Brooks This is an excellent novel set in an alternative Victorian England about a train journe... READ MORE
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Synopsis

'It is said there is a price that every passenger must pay. A price beyond the cost of a ticket.'

It is the end of the 19th Century and the world is awash with marvels. But there is nothing so marvellous as the Wastelands: a terrain of terrible miracles that lies between Beijing and Moscow.

Nothing touches this abandoned wilderness except the Great Trans-Siberian Express: an impenetrable train built to carry cargo across continents, but which now transports anyone who dares to cross the shadowy Wastelands.

On to the platform steps a curious cast of characters: a grieving woman with a borrowed name, a famous child born on the train and a disgraced naturalist, all heading for the Great Exhibition in Moscow.

But the old rules are changing, and there are whispers that the train isn't safe. As secrets and stories begin to unravel the passengers and crew must survive their journey through the Wastelands together, even as something uncontrollable seems to be breaking in.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781399607537
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 640g
  • Dimensions: 230 x 152 x 34 mm

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The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
Fantastic journey ..
Now, fasten your seatbelts and make yourself ready for the journey of a lifetime. It’s the end of the 19th century and you are on the magnificent Tran-S... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
Incredible and such a lot of fun
This was delightful. A steampunk fantasy about the Trans Siberian express set in an alternative Victorian world? Yes. Yes. Yes. Where do I sign up? I loved... READ MORE
Katy Wheatley
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
Mystical
An unusual and imaginative novel for any train traveller. Some unique characters chart the progress of this lengthy train journey as we traverse to the Gre... READ MORE
Romany
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
An Intriguing Journey Through A Beautiful Yet Terrifying Landscape
’They forced us to read the Wastelands as we would read a book in a lost language; a series of signs which we cannot hope to decipher.’ ’The Cautious Tr... READ MORE
Charlotte Watkins
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
A slow moving train
The Great Trans-Siberian Express is traversing the Wastelands to get to the Moscow Exhibition. After the last disastrous crossing, The Company is quick to ... READ MORE
KindigBlog
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
Imaginative fantasy novel
The Cautious Traveler’s Guide to the Wastelands by Sarah Brooks is a strange and wonderfully unusual novel that takes place in Victorian times. Traveling o... READ MORE
Amy Lewis
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
An thoroughly uncautious train ride through an uncanny realm
This book transported me in so many different realms -- across land, through mirrors, between reality and fantasy, swirling together elements of goodness a... READ MORE
Agnes Monod-Gayraud
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
A captivating journey that blends vivid world-building with a deeply engrossing narrative.
I was thoroughly enchanted by the vivid descriptions and the richly imaginative world that Brooks has crafted. The narrative is both fulfilling and leaves ... READ MORE
Aiesha
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
Unique
The land between Moscow and Beijing is an untameable wilderness, known as the Wastelands. The only way to cross this deadly terrain is via the Great Trans-... READ MORE
Ella - The Story Collector
The Cautious Traveller's Guide to The Wastelands
Sorry but the book was as slow as the train journey.
This book sounded fascinating and, in its way, it is but I found it a very slow read and not one that I could focus on. Interleaved it with reading other b... READ MORE
Jon Jonnson