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When 17-year-old Zephyr Rockwell wakes from a camping trip in the woods, he discovers that nearly everyone in the world has disappeared and most of the luxuries mankind maintained are already breaking down.
What happened? Where did everybody go? Why is he still here?
The boy soon embarks on a journey for answers and companionship in a new reality where great cities lay in ruins, food and water grow scarcer by the day, and every other survivor is a potential threat.
There are secrets waiting in California. Still, is the trek halfway across the country worth the risk? Zephyr and his new friends decide to find out. Some of them, however, may not return.
A “… gritty, cinematic post-apocalyptic thriller.” — Publishers Weekly
A “… tense journey.” — Publishers Weekly
“… will broadly appeal to fans of breathless end-of-the-world action sequences.” — Publishers Weekly
"Casamassina’s novel avoids getting bogged down by a standard, predictable plot arc.” — Kirkus Reviews
"Solid apocalyptic fiction that focuses more on its character relationships than its sci-fi elements.” — Kirkus Reviews
An almost absurd premise sets up Casamassina's gritty, cinematic postapocalyptic thriller. Seventeen-year-old Zephyr returns home from a camping trip to discover that most of the world's population has vanished, leaving only piles of clothing behind. As he tries to understand this new reality, he meets a seemingly friendly older man, Ross, but it soon becomes clear that Ross is dangerous, and Zephyr decides to flee the city in search of more people. As the tense journey progresses through scenes of horrifying lawlessness, Zephyr allies himself with fellow wanderers, including a shy but endearing young girl, much-too-chill twins, and an aimless slacker. The group liberates two sex slaves, teen Aurora and 30-something Sarah, after a gruesome struggle in Las Cruces, N.M. Zephyr and the other survivors, who are a bit too unbothered by their victimization and sudden capacity for violence, limp toward California to join a collective called Alpha that intends to rebuild society. Once they reach Alpha, Zephyr and Aurora's love blooms, but they are soon forced out again into the harsh, uncertain world. Despite some loose threads, the work will appeal broadly to fans of breathless end-of-the-world action sequences. (BookLife)
Decent read. Some predictable some not. 33shers
This book was excellent. The big draw for me was that you really did feel the tense scenes, you cry at loss, and yet the victories still felt hollow; this is fitting given that a victory when the world is over is rather hollow itself. This story leaves quite a few questions unanswered and deals in speculation for its own story. That is rather aggravating but the characters grow on you and you feel the loss the main character feels, it does not feel forced.
From a great journalist turned great writer. This book is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the sci fi genre. From the compelling story to the outstanding character development, this book is a MUST READ!!! The only question left to ask is if there is a sequel coming. Light up your cigars, pour yourself some scotch, and enjoy the read ladies and gents because it's worth it.