The Wild- K. Webster

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Blurb

I brought them to the wilderness because we couldn’t cope with our reality.
The plan was to make a new life that didn’t include heartache.

No people. No technology. No interference.
Just us.
A chance to piece together what was broken.

But the wilderness is untamed and harsh.
Brutal and unforgiving.
It doesn’t give a damn about your feelings.

Tragedy lives there too.
No escaping the truths that won’t let you go.

All you can do is survive where love, no matter how beastly, is the only thing you can truly count on.

Confusing. Wrong. Twisted. Beautiful. Sick.

Love is wild.
And we’re going to set it free.

Warning:
The Wild is an extremely taboo story. Most will find that the themes in this book will make you incredibly uncomfortable. This book is only for the brave, the open-minded, and the ones who crave love in even the most dismal of situations. Extreme sexual themes and violence in certain scenes, which could trigger emotional distress, are found in this story. If you are sensitive to heavy taboo themes, then this story is not for you.

Review

This book begins with a pretty strong warning and let me tell you- it’s for a very, VERY good reason. Unfortunately, the warning is long, and honestly pretty vague. This book was dark, messy and even the word “taboo” doesn’t seem strong enough.

 

I very rarely review a book on my blog that I wouldn’t give at least three stars to, but here I am.  I figured with all of the buzz about this book I needed to give it a fair shot. I went in with an open mind, having read as few spoilers as I could. I really wanted to give this book a fair shake.
At first I thought the book had promise.  Things went downhill fast.  The plot was all over the place until about half way through where it became non-existent.

 

Contrary to comments by the author, I didn’t find this to be a un unconventional love story. I didn’t find this romantic. Once the plot fell away it became nothing other than a lot of sex between people who shouldn’t be having sex in the first place.

 

I disliked both characters immensely.  Reed bemoaned being a victim of his own fate, unable to fight the pull exacerbated by extenuating circumstances. Circumstances have very little to do with his choices. Devon was supposed to be sixteen years old at the beginning of the story, which is already stretching the taboo, but she was very young and immature.  She was ignorant to how her own body should function- how you get pregnant, the basics of what to expect during childhood, that it was hard to believe she was even as old as that.

 

We’re supposed to justify these two characters’ behavior because of their situation- both because of the depression of Reed’s wife and Devon’s mother and because of their loneliness and isolation. The “twist” is predictable and supposed to validate the relationship. It still doesn’t make a difference. I didn’t buy into it and the author kills that notion even further through some pretty disturbing flashbacks. I just didn’t buy into them being victims of their situation.

 

If you love really taboo, this book might be for you. But let’s just say again this, it is NOT romance. This is shameless, gratuitous sex written for shock value. People should not go into it believing this is some sort of epic love story.

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