TW: ableist slurs, violation of bodily autonomy, Holocaust
In the distant future, after mankind totally screwed up the Earth and nearly killed themselves off as a species, the descendants of the survivors of the Cataclysm (think of that playground scene from T2, minus the machines) live in a strange land. They've split into clans, who have different mutant abilities. It's a fantastic premise, but in the end I found it lacking.
Keric's ability is to see into the past, which means he witnesses daily how the world as we know it ended, as well as other atrocities, such as the Holocaust (which felt unnecessary to include when we have the world-wide Cataclysm to explore). His uncle hopes that this also means Keric can unlock the knowledge that has been lost to the past, such as how to build our weapons. Keric doesn't want to do that and he has little to no control over his abilities. His uncle bans him until Keric decides to cooperate.
Dolan was to be sacrificed by his clan to their god to keep the balance in the Force, or something like that. He went into the Wastelands, or the Hollow Lands as his clan calls it, to literally lay down and die. Keric finds him and saves him. Dolan's people are relatively unknown to all the tribes, as they live in the nighttime and have the ability to cloak themselves from the detection of others.
Keric's tribe is well-detailed, as is Dolan's, though we never really meet either tribe, nor do we hear much about any of the others. We meet a few people from Keric's tribe near the end, including Keric's sister, but we quickly leave them behind before we can really get to know them. Dolan discovers why Keric has difficulty controlling his powers, but the mystery of why this happened to him goes unanswered. Keric at one point has to run away to keep from being dragged to his uncle's. One of his uncle's men gives chase. There's a prolonged chase followed by a really short battle with an unknown resolution.
There's a lot to like here, but too much is left unresolved to be a satisfying read. There was also weird comma usage throughout, which was distracting.
I did love Bane the Pony though (who was alternately called a horse). He was funny and worth the read. Honestly, I would read this whole story from Bane's point of view in a heartbeat.