After a terrible virus
ravages the planet, Carly Daniels, one of the few survivors, hides in
her apartment in Juneau trying to survive the best she can with only
occasional forays to gather food. With her is Sam, a wolf puppy she
found starving on the streets. He becomes her companion and a reason to
continue when giving up sometimes seems like the more attractive option.
Still dazed with shock and grief, she hopes for the world to go back to
She is discovered by Justin, an ex-soldier who is
intent on making his way to Florida before the winter sets in. Justin
coaxes her out of her hiding place and convinces her to join him on his
journey, because a warmer climate will be their best chance against the
extremes of Mother Nature.
Together, they begin a perilous
journey through a nation laid to waste by the disaster. Challenges
abound along the way. The weather, injury, and shortage of supplies all
help to slow them down. In time, they discover that they aren’t the only
survivors. Some are friendly but some have had their minds destroyed by
the high fever. Then there are those who simply take what they want,
leaving Carly and Justin with no choice but to defend what is theirs.
their journey is not without joy and love. Together, they face every
struggle, including an unplanned pregnancy. Despite the perils of
bringing a child into a world of chaos, their baby is a new beginning
for themselves and a symbol of hope for the other survivors they find
along the way.
This is the story of their journey to find a place to begin a new life, and a home in each other.
I seem to be on a kick where I'm really attracted to post-apocalyptic novels at the moment, so when I was offered an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) of this novel I jumped at the chance to read it.
This is a good book. For those of you who love romance (which most of you know is not really my thing) there is a good deal of romance to be found here. But it's not all romance.
I think Lissa Bryan has painted a fairly realistic portrait of a post-apocalyptic world, and has done a beautiful job with the development of Carly and Justine's characters in this story.
There is plenty of action to keep you interested too. A thoroughly enjoyable novel, which appears to be the first in a new series. Keep your eye out for this one!
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