What happens when an unprecedented infection sweeps the world, leaving the earth on the brink of the Apocalypse?
But this infection goes far beyond disease. Beyond even the nightmare images of walking dead or flesh-eating ghouls. The infected are turning into creatures unlike anything ever dreamed of . . . more complex, more mysterious, and more deadly.
Trapped in the northwestern United States as winter begins to fall, Terry and Kendra have only one choice: they and their friends must cross a thousand miles of no-man’s-land in a rickety school bus, battling ravenous hordes, human raiders, and their own fears.
In the midst of apocalypse, they find something no one could have anticipated . . . love.
Barnes and Due (South by Southeast) retread a lot of familiar ground in this fast-paced but predictable homage to zombie film and fiction. An unusual confluence of events the consumption of yahanna mushrooms and inoculation against the Amsterdam flu turns people into rampaging zombies who spread their taint through bites. Within six months, civilization has all but collapsed and pockets of survivors seek each other out. Among them are teen Kendra Brookings, who saw her parents and grandfather felled by "freaks," and a pack of juvenile delinquents rehabbing as summer camp counselors. Traveling from southern Washington to California, Kendra and her companions endure the expected tense encounters with freaks and opportunistic humans. The authors leave enough plot threads untied to suggest that further adventures in this postapocalyptic world are planned; perhaps those will include some original ideas.