The wild dead

, #2

264 pages

English language

Published April 13, 2018

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4 stars (1 review)

"A Mariner Original Mysteries and murder abound in the sequel to Carrie Vaughn's post-apocalyptic mystery Bannerless. A century after environmental and economic collapse, the people of the Coast Road have rebuilt their own sort of civilization, striving not to make the mistakes their ancestors did. They strictly ration and manage resources, including the ability to have children. Enid of Haven is an investigator, who with her new partner Teeg is called on to mediate a dispute between households over an old building in a far-flung settlement at the edge of Coast Road territory. The investigators' decision seems straightforward--and then the body of a young woman turns up in the nearby marshland. Almost more shocking than that: she's not from the Coast Road, but from one of the outsider camps, belonging to the nomads and wild folk who live outside the Coast Road communities. Now one of them is dead, and …

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reviewed The wild dead by Carrie Vaughn (Bannerless, #2)

Good post-apocalyptic fiction about rebuilding communities

4 stars

The Bannerless saga is an interesting thought experiment into what makes communities. Is it common rules? Is it enforcement of said rules? Is it caring for people even if rules are broken?

I like that the "investigators" provide a service and are not just blind enforcers of law, the main character could be seen as a cop but the book is low on copaganda. It could be seen as anarchism in practice.


  • Dystopias
  • Murder
  • Fiction