Book Reviews

Wranglestone by Darren Charlton // Book Review


The islands of Lake Wranglestone are a safe haven in a world filled with the Restless Dead. But as the lake freezes over, there’s nothing to stop them from crossing the ice.

Peter’s has never really felt at home in a place where practicality and grit are valued above all else. He’s nothing like rancher, Cooper, the boy he’s always watched from afar. But when he’s is ordered to join him out on the mainland to help herd the Dead from their shores, they find more than just each other.

There they unearth a dark secret about Wranglestone’s past. One that forces the pair to question everything they’ve ever known.



A post-apocalyptic zombie story that’s at it’s heart a gay romance, this story didn’t follow the usual tropes I see in YA. It’s a very twisty story that kept me on my toes trying to guess what was happening, and just as one mystery started to reveal itself, another one would pop up.

I did like that Peter and Cooper’s relationship felt more realistic, there was no insta-love or long scenes of pining, which I find annoying. Instead, they more realised that they liked each other, and had for a long time, and decided to date. It was very simple, and unusually, two boys dating didn’t receive any pushback or homophobia in their community.

I did feel towards the end the story started to get a little confusing, as the people around Peter and Connor started to reveal their true intentions, but the story left me with enough answers and yet more questions to want to read the next book.

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