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The Dead Lands by Benjamin Percy

The Car-Trip Pick

Road trips are a summer classic for a reason—they require little planning, you can change your route on a whim and they're an unforgettable way to see the country. But sometimes the open road can start to seem a little monotonous. Percy's post-apocalyptic reimagining of the Lewis and Clark saga will help keep those miles flying by. In the wreckage of St. Louis, a handful of humans have managed to survive relatively unharmed. One day, a stranger turns up and reports that to the west of the Cascade Mountains, civilization is thriving. Led by Lewis Meriwether and Mina Clark, a small group heads out to investigate, hoping to eventually reunite the States. A few egomaniacal leaders, however, are not willing to let them go. An excellent reminder during highway traffic that, sure, so you're only going 20 miles an hour, but least you're not trudging on foot across a wasteland decimated by a superflu and a nuclear fallout. Nice.