WANTED: Men and women willing to drive through the valley of the shadow of death. The world’s population has been decimated by the Change, a chain reaction of events triggered by global warming. In Europe, governments have fallen, cities have crumbled and the wheels of production have ground to a halt. The Alps region, containing most of the continent’s remaining fresh water, has become a closed state with heavily fortified borders. Survivors cling on by trading through the Runners, truck drivers who deliver cargo and take a percentage. Amid the ruins of central Germany, two Runners, Cassady and Ghazi, are called on to deliver medical supplies to a research base deep in the Italian desert, where scientists claim to be building a machine that could reverse the effects of the Change. Joining the pair are a ragtag collection of drivers, all of whom have something to prove. Standing in their way are starving nomads, crumbling cities, hostile weather and a rogue state hell-bent on the convoy's destruction. And there's another problem: Cassady is close to losing his nerve.
Disastrous climate changes and radiation have ravaged Earth, and humankind's future depends on a convoy of supply truck drivers in Price's unforgiving dystopia. Ghazi and Cassady are Runners, delivering supplies to settlements across Germany's ruins in a truck named Warspite. Price maintains a good balance between reflection and thrills as Ghazi, Cassady, and three other Runner teams undertake a critical medical supply run to the Italian desert. The weather, desperate survivors, and extreme religions conspire to form a brutal world, vividly depicted through Price's economical yet evocative prose and accentuated by the Runners' psychology. Hostility among the Runners and Cassady's failing nerve for his dangerous job add to the tension as the convoy approaches the biggest barrier between them and their goal: the fortified state in the Alps. Price (Static Age) employs clever, precise writing that's evocative and atmospheric without venturing into gory horror. This truly grim version of the future will keep readers riveted.