Here's how the publisher describes it:
In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.
In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade for food and other items essential for survival. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true, where there are real houses, barbecues, a school, and even baseball games. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing forever.
So, clearly this is a dystopian--and as many of you may remember, I've been a *little* burned out on the dystopian genre recently, just because there are SO MANY. But I was drawn to this one because a) I'd heard it was awesome from more than one person. And b) it's DIFFERENT.
It's not set in a world/society so far into the future that it almost feels like it's on another planet. Instead, it takes place in the all-too-familiar ruins of America after a devastating war and plague (a scenario which is described in a disconcertingly plausible way). There's no sci-fi techie gadgets, no highly developed alternate government oppressing the masses with its rules and regulations. And the story takes place only years after "The Collapse," with characters who can actually remember the way things were before. Which gives the story a completely different feel from the average dystopian novel out there. (None of which I am criticizing, btw. I'm a huge fan of many of them. I'm just a little burned out and enjoying some variety). It feels almost real--like something that could possibly (but hopefully not) happen at some point in the future. Which makes it a totally page-turning, wild ride.
I won't say more than that, because I don't want to ruin it for anyone. But I highly recommend it to all of you. Which is why I'm sharing my ARC with one lucky commenter on this post. Oh, and it's SIGNED. :)
To enter, make sure you follow my blog and leave a comment by 11:59 pm PDT on Saturday, August 27th (going to be a quick contest this time, so I can get the prize out to one of you nice and quick.) I'll draw one random winner and post their name on Sunday, August 28th. International entries welcome.
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