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Wonderblood

(2018)
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Set 500 years in the future, a mad cow-like disease called "Bent Head" has killed off most of the US population. Those remaining turn to magic and sacrifice to cleanse the Earth.

Wonderblood is Julia Whicker's fascinating literary debut audiobook, set in a barren United States, an apocalyptic wasteland where warring factions compete for control of the land in strange and dangerous carnivals. A mad cow-like disease called "Bent Head" has killed off millions. Those who remain worship the ruins of NASA's space shuttles, and Cape Canaveral is their Mecca. Medicine and science have been rejected in favor of magic, prophecy, and blood sacrifice.

When traveling marauders led by the bloodthirsty Mr. Capulatio invade her camp, a young girl named Aurora is taken captive as his bride and forced to join his band on their journey to Cape Canaveral. As war nears, she must decide if she is willing to become her captor's queen. But then other queens emerge, some grotesque and others aggrieved, and not all are pleased with the girl's ascent.

Politics and survival are at the center of this ravishing audiobook.

Genre: Science Fiction

Praise for this book

"A richly imagined broken world, one whose land, customs, history, and people are so sharply conveyed that they seem almost to have been incised into the page. I admire Wonderblood for its absorbing and unsettling story, for the uncanny beauty of its prose, but above all else for the daring of its tone, which begins in pitch darkness and brightens not to white but to a more lustrous black." - Kevin Brockmeier

"Wonderblood is a richly imagined, otherworldly tale about the power--and danger--of faith and belief. I loved this book's beautiful prose and its startling, brutal, and poetic images; I loved its unique premise and masterful worldbuilding; I loved its complicated, passionate, and mesmerizing characters. Julia Whicker is a genius. This is a strange, daring, and masterful first novel." - Edan Lepucki

"In fiercely glittering prose Julia Whicker evokes an apocalyptic America where medicine is illegal, everyone is searching for portents and only a severed head can offer protection. I love how richly imagined this novel is and I love how relentlessly it moves towards its amazing climax. Wonderblood is a stunning debut." - Margot Livesey

"In a novel marked with heart-stopping violence, brutal ritual, surreal courtly intrigue, and moments of piercing beauty, Julia Whicker imagines a clash of religions in a broken future. The characters, and their world, are unforgettable." - Vivien Shotwell

"Visceral and intense . . . a fully built-out world, rich with color and detail." - Charles Yu


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Used availability for Julia Whicker's Wonderblood

Hardback Editions

April 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Wonderblood: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Whicker
ISBN: 1-250-06606-9 / 978-1-250-06606-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


Paperback Editions

April 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Wonderblood
Author(s): Julia Whicker
ISBN: 0-345-81496-7 / 978-0-345-81496-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Canada
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Audio Editions

April 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Wonderblood: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Whicker
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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April 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: Wonderblood: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Whicker
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon AU   


April 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Wonderblood: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Whicker
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2018 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Wonderblood
Author(s): Julia Whicker
Publisher: Random House Canada
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April 2018 : USA, Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Wonderblood: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Whicker
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon AU