The Dead Lands:
by Benjamin Percy
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Since the invention of messianism, every generation, regular as clockwork, wonders if it might be the last. History is planted thick with prophets of the end times: John of Patmos, David Koresh, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Some make for better reading than others.
Mass death and destruction are unfortunate, but fiction writers find them nifty all the same. And if the last few years have seen an especially strong renaissance of apocalyptic literature, Benjamin Percy’s impressive new outing, The Dead Lands, takes the form into its mannerist phase. Loosely adapting Lewis and Clark’s journey west, the book opens in what was once St. Louis. A century and a half have passed since humanity was ravaged by a pandemic—and, adding insult to injury, much roasted by a substantial nuclear exchange. Few believe in life beyond
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