“A History of Wild Places” is a gripping novel with sharp prose and intriguing characters. It’s a fast-paced read that will take you by surprise. You’ll want to know what happens next to the characters and what the mysterious woods hide. You’ll want to keep reading to find out.
A HISTORY OF WILD PLACES is an atmospheric, lush novel about the psychology of cults and the allure of dark, hidden places. As a debut novel, this dark fantasy is both gripping and disturbing. Its themes are universal, and it will appeal to readers of all ages.
If you enjoyed Ernshaw’s YA novels, then you will love her debut novel, A History of Wild Places. This atmospheric and lush novel explores the psychology of cults and the allure of dark, hidden places. The book’s story arc spans several decades and follows the lives of a group of young people who go missing in the Pacific Northwest forest.
A History of Wild Places is a debut adult novel by Shea Ernshaw, an Oregon resident who has spent most of her life in rural areas. This novel blends noir and folk horror with social drama. Ernshaw has published three young adult novels and won the Oregon Book Award. She lives in Bend, Oregon, and has a son. In a recent interview, she discussed her novel’s transition from YA to adult readers and what makes a good YA book.
Theo, Calla, and Bee
The plot of A History of Wild Places follows Travis Wren, who has the ability to “harvest” memories from objects. He is on a mission to find a missing woman, Maggie St. James. But when he returns to the commune, he finds the truck abandoned and confused. As he begins to search for her, he finds himself questioning his life decisions and the choices of his family. The novel focuses on the characters’ lives after leaving the commune, as well as on their search for answers.
The sisters have lived in the community of Pastoral for years, and they are both enamored with its peaceful nature. However, they both long for something more. Calla’s husband, Travis, is restless in his life outside the community. But when Bee becomes ill, the life in the Pastoral changes, and the sisters are faced with difficult choices.
Pastoral members live a simple secluded life, and they discourage straying outside the village in fear of contracting a deadly disease. However, Theo has been living in Pastoral for as long as he can remember, but one day he decides to cross the boundary in order to find an abandoned truck. It contains a wallet and a photograph of a beautiful woman.
Theo, Calla, and Bee are all drawn to Pastoral, but they’re also afraid of Levi. When they learn of his past, they realize that they aren’t the only people who belong there. Bee, meanwhile, is in a relationship with Pastoral leader Levi, and her feelings for him are changing.
The characters in Pastoral are rich and complex. Each has secrets to keep and depend on each other in order to survive. They must face their primal fears in order to survive. Despite their lack of understanding of the past, they must work together to face the dark secrets of their community.
A History of Wild Places is Ernshaw’s debut novel for adults. It’s a lush, atmospheric story of the psychological dynamics of cults and the appeal of hidden places. If you’re looking for a book that will enlighten you while also making you think about the future, A History of Wild Places is an excellent choice.
The book is beautifully written and has many twists and turns. It’s a perfect read for fans of Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s FIERCE LITTLE THING, Courtney Summers’ THE PROJECT, and Ava Reid’s THE WOLF AND THE WOODSMAN. It’s a truly unique tale by a writer at the top of her game.