Welcome to the Wastelands
of a Hostile, mysterious, unforgiving future
Shadow Hunter by Will Baker
Frank is found and put into a hospital, but Ronald is nowhere to be found. Or at least, nowhere to be found by humans. After running very far through the canyon, Ronald is caught by a race of humans degenerated from radiation called Homo lapsis, the Ginks. They accept Ronald into their society in the dark caves and on the radioactive desert of the Wastelands.
Meanwhile, while searching for Ronald, the ruling government is organizing a military campaign against the Ginks and all of wildlife under the belief that the incident was caused by the Ginks.
About the World of Shadow Hunter
The story has a negative mood. There is a thriving utopian society, but it is only a mask, as there is the Wastelands, which no one seems to care about except those that live there, namely the Ginks, who are, mostly through propaganda, primitive savages who would kill and eat people on sight. Although this is partially true, the government shouldn't need to say that they are bad if they really are. The Ginks are actually calm and peaceful, but they are forced to be the savages they are imagined to always be because they have to be. The Wastelands, as the name suggests, is a barren, forsaken place with not much life, and living there requires skill, which the Ginks have, although that doesn't mean it's not difficult. They have to hide in the caves and canyons to not only stay out of the sight of people, but also because of the radioactivity from years and years before. After Ronald's disappearance, the mood becomes even more worrisome, because Ronald is away from his home, and later on, the Federation plans for the reclaiming of the Wastelands and extermination of the Ginks. However, they won't find that so easy, for the Ginks have wildlife on their side from tiger bees to Mata the Bear.