I would like to thank the author for providing me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Doing so does not sway my review in any way.
I just finished reading this book and I'm still trying to wrap my brain around much of it. Set in modern times, a catastrophic event has occurred, leaving the world as we know it in an apocalyptic chain reaction of many incredible and unexplained incidents. From the onset of the major event until a few months afterwards, Tess was holed up in a shelter made by her prepper father. The majority of the book is about her getting to her father, several miles away, with the assistance of a stranger she meets along the way, Cole.
I pretty much figured out who Cole was from the start, but the reader never gets a definitive answer on it. There are many other things that are left with loose ends that makes me wonder if there is going to be a followup book to this one. If there isn't, than as a reader, I feel very slighted. Cole is quite the free spirit but he also provides the comic relief needed when times are so tough that you need to lose focus for fear of losing oneself. Tess, while butting heads with Cole most of the time, is every bit the seventeen year old she should be.
The author provides us a world that 99.9% of the population has disappeared by the time Tess comes out of the shelter. No animals are around other than her cat which she had taken into the shelter with her. There are not even birds to be heard. What has happened to all the people? Where are all the animals? What are the crazy weather patterns being experienced? So many questions with some being answered while others never really touched on.
A good book in this day and age where preppers even have their own show, personal faith is being questioned and teens have a more direct say about things that effect them. This book shows the survival skills a person needs to overcome obstacles and that apocalyptic events are not always man made. I recommend this book to anyone who likes a good what if book.