All Is Silence: Deserted Lands Book I
Robert L. Slater
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Deserted Lands Book I:
What if death forgot you?
In a future that could be ours, Lizzie, a suicidal teen-age girl, barely navigates her own life. Then everything falls apart. In a world ravaged by disease, Lizzie, is one of the few left alive. The freeway on the other side of her street sits eerily silent, the daily sirens and the warnings to stay inside have faded.
Lizzie said, “I hope you all die!” Then they did. Almost everyone. Her alcoholic mother and her little brother are dying in the hospital; her mom’s abusive boyfriend is dead. Despite her words, being alone isn’t a good thing for an suicidal cutter. Fear of the disease has kept her inside, frozen with indecision.
When she finally ventures out, she finds survivors: people altered by the disease, left less than human, and people less scarred, some from her past. A shocking turn of events leaves blood on her hands and reveals a link to a stranger she thought was dead. As Bellingham, her hometown, turns dangerous; they flee south through Seattle and across deserted lands seeking the stranger, safety and hope for new beginnings. Along the way people join their quest. They encounter fledgling governments, new and old religious fanatics and marauding renegades. In a world with plenty of food, plenty of gas, plenty of space… fear, anger and lust for power still control the patterns of human life.
All Is Silence is The Stand (without paranormal) meets The Bell Jar. It’s an edgy, realistic Young Adult apocalypse written by a former Alternative High School teacher for the angry, sad Children of the Children of the 80s, teenagers who grew up on their parents’ Hair Metal, John Hughes’ movies, and pizza. Oh, and also for their parents who aren’t too old to recognize themselves as teens…
Great apocalyptic read!
If you're a fan of apocalyptic stories, then I highly recommend this book. I appreciated the departure from the standard fare of civilization perishing under mushroom clouds or zombie hordes. More importantly, the characters are well thought out and so very human as they navigate coming-of-age issues in a dying world rife with unique threats.