2021 IPPY Award Winner (Science Fiction)
2020 INDIES Book of the Year Finalist
A riveting blend of apocalyptic YA adventure-thriller and alien-invasion sci-fi for fans of "The Maze Runner," "The Martian," and "The Hunger Games."
A discovery of alien origin. A world on the brink. Now the race is on to possess ... what only one boy can protect.
On October 23, 2030, a meteor explodes over Los Angeles, triggering chaos and panic. For seventeen-year-old Dev Harrison, the event coincides with a strange, recurring dream in which his long-disappeared physicist-father reveals to him a location high on a Tahoe peak where he's hidden the world's most coveted scientific secret. Eager to see if there's any truth to the dream, Dev hits the road with his best friends Abby and Conner.
But their journey across a bleak California is far more dangerous than they imagined as they encounter fanatic separatists, mysterious drones, and a ruthless federal agent. Worst of all are the "crawlers"--not human, not animal, terrifying creatures whose appearance in the wake of the meteor is no coincidence.
Courage, loyalty, wits: The friends want for none of these, but their adventure will demand much more. Especially after a conspiracy comes to light, and Dev realizes he's all that stands between protecting his father's legacy and global forces hell-bent on altering the fate of the universe.
Three teenagers take a road trip through a California devastated by drought, disease, corporate malevolence, and subatomic particles in this arresting near-future sci-fi novel from Antani (The Leaving of Things). Antani builds his dystopian vision of the year 2030 through a series of apparently unrelated incidents: meteors strike the West Coast; power outages hit the East Coast; a rabieslike pathogen spreads from the desert; people riot over water; and the Triton conglomerate builds work zones in the Midwest, encouraging people to move there. Against this backdrop, 17-year-old Dev Harrison mourns his scientist father, presumed dead in an explosion as he was examining one of the meteorites, which turned out to be older than the solar system and too heavy for its size. Persistent dreams of his father telling Dev to find his co-worker Bollinger near Lake Tahoe prompt Dev and his friends Connor and Abby to drive north from Los Angeles in search of answers. It's a dangerous trek as they dodge gun-toting militia and regressed humanoid creatures. With skill and precision, Antani cleverly maneuvers his diverse cast and disparate disasters into a rollicking interplay of adventure, science, and terror. Readers will be hooked. (Self-published)