The end of the world? That’s the stuff of Hollywood blockbusters and deep philosophical exercises in school. No need to sweat it. So when sixteen-year-old Tess’s doomsday-dad builds a bomb shelter in their suburban backyard, everyone thinks he’s gone crazy....
...Until fire rains down from the sky, sinking whole cities into colossal-sized craters and setting much of the world ablaze.
Tess’s dad gives her a few short minutes to gather her emergency bag and her freaked-out kitten, then leads her outside and into the underground shelter. Terrified, the last thing she expects is for him to leave her there all alone, but he has no choice—he must find her missing brother.
Before leaving, he makes Tess promise to keep the hatch door shut, not to open it foranyone but him, and to stay put until he returns.
But he forgot to tell her one thing: What is she supposed to do if he never comes back?
I am a big fan of Angela Scott, and have been since I read her first book Desert Rice. I always get excited when she has a new book come out. This one did not disappoint.
Can you imagine being thrust underground, into the fortress your crazy father insisted would one day be necessary? To find out that he is right? We make fun of those people all the time. But maybe they know something that we don't?
I felt claustrophobic as I was reading about Tess's time underground, as if I were down there with her. I can't imagine being stuck down there, yet Scott described it well. You lose time, just as she does. You feel lazy and stir-crazy at the same time. When she finally decides to see what is going on, you also feel apprehensive, yet curious. I found myself wondering what I would do in a similar situation.
As Tess embarks upon her adventure and search for anyone else on the Earth, you will find yourself wondering what is real and what is not, just as she does. The answers are not clear. In fact, you may never get all of the answers you seek. This was a different kind of dystopian novel for me, and I appreciated that.
I could not put this book down while I was reading it. I had to devour it in one sitting. In fact, I was highly disappointed when it ended. I felt like it should have gone on a bit longer. I want, no need, to know what is going to happen next.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.