When a deadly pandemic spreads across the globe, two siblings face the ultimate choice: Stay and die, or run and survive.
Twins Virginia and Tommy Matthews have been on their own since they were orphaned at the age of five. Twelve years later, the world begins to collapse around them as a deadly contagion steadily wipes out entire populations and a devastating world war rages on. When Tommy is drafted for the war, the twins are faced with a choice: accept their fate of almost certain death or dodge the draft. Virginia and Tommy flee into the dark night.
Armed with only a pistol and their fierce will to survive, the twins set forth in search of a new beginning. Tommy and Virginia must navigate the dangers and wonders of this changed world. But how far will they get before the demons of their past catch up with them?
Mott (The Returned) spins a captivating, fast-paced dystopian tale about a world in chaos and twins fighting to stay alive. The world is plagued by two concurrent atrocities: the Disease, in its 10th year, is wiping out the elderly, and a world war has turned every country other than the United States into a war zone. Tommy and Virginia, orphaned twin siblings who escaped a brutal foster system at the age of five, are living as drifters in Oklahoma and believe they won't live to see the end of the war. Virginia's one goal is to see the shuttle launch to Jupiter's moon Europa, carrying what may be humankind's last chance for survival. When Tommy receives his draft notice, he tries to hide it from his sister. Virginia, who remembers everything in perfect clarity including their parents, whom Tommy barely recalls has been overly protective of him since birth; on their way to the shuttle launch, authorities catch up with Tommy for dodging the draft and he learns that Virginia has been keeping him from entering the army by forging documents. While Tommy leaves for the war, Virginia's talent for memory makes her appealing to the government and she enters its service. Although Mott's concept is interesting, unnecessary use of flashback makes the choppy scenes hard to follow. Fans of dystopian fiction will look past the rough plotting and enjoy Mott's intriguing concept.