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When 17-year-old Zephyr Rockwell wakes from a camping trip in the woods, he discovers that nearly everyone in the world has disappeared and most of the luxuries mankind maintained are already breaking down.
What happened? Where did everybody go? Why is he still here?
The boy soon embarks on a journey for answers and companionship in a new reality where great cities lay in ruins, food and water grow scarcer by the day, and every other survivor is a potential threat.
There are secrets waiting in California, but is the trek halfway across the country worth the risk? Zephyr and his new friends decide to find out, and some of them may not return.
“In this debut YA thriller, the leftovers of an unexplained apocalypse struggle to survive and find meaning in the wreckage. The great vanishing, while an ever present mystery, isn’t really Zephyr’s main concern as the story goes on, which can make it difficult for readers to see where it’s all leading. However, this also means that Casamassina’s novel avoids getting bogged down by a standard, predictable plot arc. It’s also nice to see such a cynical protagonist in a YA novel rather than one that’s overwhelmed with shock after a calamity; Zephyr often gives sharp warnings that are regularly ignored by adult travelers, often with disastrous consequences. The resulting tone allows the book to delve into darker territory than many other YA tales. Solid apocalyptic fiction that focuses more on its character relationships than its sci-fi elements.” — Kirkus Reviews
This book was excellent. The big draw for me was that you really did feel the tense scenes, you cry at loss, and yet the victories still felt hollow; this is fitting given that a victory when the world is over is rather hollow itself. This story leaves quite a few questions unanswered and deals in speculation for its own story. That is rather aggravating but the characters grow on you and you feel the loss the main character feels, it does not feel forced.
From a great journalist turned great writer. This book is the perfect gift for anyone who loves the sci fi genre. From the compelling story to the outstanding character development, this book is a MUST READ!!! The only question left to ask is if there is a sequel coming. Light up your cigars, pour yourself some scotch, and enjoy the read ladies and gents because it's worth it.
Dead Weight by Matt Casamassina
Loved it! It’s a real page-turner and sucked me in on the first page and kept me engaged throughout. I knew Matt was a great writer and his novel really proves how talented he is.