After a mysterious Sickness wipes out the rest of the population, the young survivors assemble into tightly run tribes. Jefferson, the reluctant leader of the Washington Square tribe, and Donna, the girl he’s secretly in love with, have carved out a precarious existence among the chaos. But when another tribe member discovers a clue that may hold the cure to the Sickness, five teens set out on a life-altering road trip to save humankind.
The tribe exchanges gunfire with enemy gangs, escapes cults and militias, braves the wilds of the subway and Central Park…and discovers truths they could never have imagined.
WHY SHOULD YOU CHECK IT OUT?
Upon viewing the cover, we get an immediate sense of rebellion, anarchy, and a beaten-up world. With the five teens gathered on the rooftop with their tattered flag, it could easily read as a historical novel. It also reads like a dieselpunk poster, like the ones for Sky Captain. Obviously, this one could quickly get a cinema treatment.
This is author Chris Weitz debut novel. But you might know his other work as Oscar-nominated writer and director of such films as The Twilight Saga: New Moon, About a Boy, The Golden Compass, and American Pie!
EARLY REVIEWS SAY…
Screenwriter/director Weitz… kicks off a post-apocalyptic trilogy with a riveting adventure … He also finds room to touch upon issues of race, class, commercialism, and sexuality in nuanced moments that are sharply juxtaposed with the near-constant dangers and seeming hopelessness of the larger picture. (Publishers Weekly)