The world changed the day the thieves attacked. Parasitic
wasps, called thieves, destroyed their human hosts,
creating crazed beings who would do anything the thieves
commanded up until the host body died. However, not
everyone died and one remnant of society is sending out a
ship to see if there are other survivors. What will they
find when they venture out of their safe haven?
Joseph Wallace crafts a dark, seemingly hopeless world in
SLAVEMAKERS. The survivors in Refugia have eked out a
living while the world outside their village has crashed.
I like the idea of an immunity and can even see how prior
to the invasion some would view the Refugia residents as
more of a cult than a real harbinger of what is to come.
However, it bothered me that there were so few humans who
had the necessary vaccine. Even more disturbing is the
story of Jacob and what the thieves have forced upon him
and some of his fellow humans. However, I think these are
exactly the thoughts and feelings that Joseph Wallace
intends to arouse in the reader and he does so quite
The main focus of the story centers around the unique
abilities of Aisha Rose and the survivors from Refugia,
particularly Kait. I am not a fan of Kait or her actions.
However, Jacob and his story captivated me far more, even
as I feared what might be
revealed. Joseph Wallace brilliantly evokes the horror men
will do to one another when
their own survival
is on the line.
SLAVEMAKERS is a dark, disturbing, and thought provoking
horror tale. I generally avoid anything with bugs
(particularly deadly flying and stinging bugs!), from
movies to books, but Joseph Wallace conveys the overall
horror of the scenarios without getting too caught up in
the nasty minutiae of the attacks. Joseph Wallace is
quickly solidifying his expertise at crafting solid
apocalyptic tales, and I look forward to seeing what he
has in store for us with his next novel.
The new postapocalyptic thriller from the author of
IT’S THEIR TERRITORY NOW.
Twenty years ago, venomous parasitic wasps known as
“thieves” staged a massive, apocalyptic attack on another
species—Homo sapiens—putting them on the brink of extinction.
But some humans did survive. The colony called Refugia is
home to a population of 281, including scientists, a pilot,
and a tough young woman named Kait. In the African
wilderness, there’s Aisha Rose, nearly feral, born at the
end of the old world. And in the ruins of New York City,
there’s a mysterious, powerful boy, a skilled hunter,
isolated and living by his wits.
As the survivors journey through the wastelands, they will
find that they are not the only humans left on earth. Not by
a long shot.
But they may be the only ones left who are not under the