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Unnatural Disasters

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From a bestselling author, an edgy, voice-driven novel set in a not-so-distant-future world about teens trying to survive when attacks by an unknown terrorist organization throw the entire planet into chaos. Just right for fans of Tommy Wallach's We All Looked Up.

Will the Class of 2049 be the last class ever?

Lucy Weaver has her future all figured out. Make an appearance at prom, ditch graduation, and then head out on an epic road trip with her boyfriend, Luke. But when everyone’s phones start to ring halfway through the dance, Lucy knows something terrible has happened—something big.

Decades of climate change have left the world teetering on the brink—entire cities drowned, violent extremism on the rise, millions of refugees with nowhere to turn. Is this the night it finally slips over the edge?
The unforgettable journey of one teen finding her way in a world the adults have destroyed, Unnatural Disasters is an ultimately hopeful story about survival, family, identity, love, and moving on.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 12, 2018 – It's the end of the world but no one feels fine in this apocalyptic drama, set in upstate New York, 2049, which explores the everyday realities of small-town life during the collapse of civilization. As high school senior Lucy and her friends plan a postgraduation trip, a terrorist attack disrupts their prom and annihilates much of Washington, D.C., starting a domino effect that leads to the threat of all-out global war. Meanwhile, climate change results in horrifying weather conditions and the certainty that things will never return to normal. Lucy's friends, family, and neighbors react to the events in myriad ways: her boyfriend moves to Brazil with a group of religious extremists, many classmates drop out of school, and others become emotional zombies. Lucy, her plans to travel now on hold, finds unexpected rapport with former overachiever Jay; together, they struggle to maintain sanity in a world gone mad. Focus on everyday reactions to extraordinary events leads to an intimate story about grief, trauma, and coping, and character reactions by Hirsch (Black River Falls) feel authentic. The global crisis itself mostly takes place offstage, which sometimes seems like a missed opportunity, as does the final act, which fast-forwards through another book's worth of material to end on an optimistic moment. Ages 12 up.
Unnatural Disasters
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Grades 7 and Above
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Sci-Fi
  • Published: Jan 22, 2019
  • Publisher: HMH Books
  • Seller: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
  • Print Length: 352 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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