Humanity wasn't always doomed. There was a time when people were actually pretty decent.
Two hundred years ago, every person on earth was connected through the stream of AVA: a hyper-advanced artificial intelligence system designed to give the world a fresh start. AVA cleansed humanity and rebuilt it on the ideals of progress and peace. With their pasts bleached and their futures filtered out, humans advanced in a startling leap. They thrived in the new world that AVA created.
Then the virus struck.
Now, after a centuries' long apocalypse, humanity has returned to its violent roots. The few ragged settlements that remain fight each other for what little the Nothing provides, and will do whatever it takes to stay alive. Charlize Smith doesn't know it yet, but her hometown might be the last civilized place on earth. Born defective and forced to undergo a slew of dangerous experiments, Charlie dreams of the day when she can finally set out on her own. But when a tragedy pushes her to the edge, she's arrested and thrown onto a truck bound for the Nothing –– where she'll probably die.
Apocalypse done right
A strong, flawed, appealing young and cluelessly queer female protagonist, striking and plausible tech, genetically pure 'normals' in a walled Dallas garden, beautiful but bleak Texas imagery, shocking violence, and intriguing mysteries slowly unwinding... if you enjoyed 5th Wave, Maze Runner, or The 100, this is even better and a suitable upgrade.
I absolutely loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. Just when I thought I knew what was going to happen, it took a turn. I don’t normally read post apocalyptic books, but I’m glad I found this one!