In this first installment of Ilsa Bick’s dystopian thriller trilogy, Alex is a teen with a dark secret who goes backpacking in the wilderness. While in the wilderness, an EMP blast takes out most of humankind and the few who survive are either Changed (turned into carnivorous monsters)or must fight the Changed and scavenge for supplies in order to survive. Alex finds herself part of a family of Spared (young people who survive and are not Changed) as she, Ellie (an 8-year old girl) and Tom (a 22-year old Afghanistan war veteran) fight to survive.
I found myself up late at night past my bedtime unable to put this one down. Bick has created a world with deep characters and a well-planned storyline that kept me guessing as to what would happen – all the way up until the end of the book when I was left hanging. Only then did I realize this was part of a series.
For those who loved the Hunger Games series, this book is a sure hit. I can’t wait for the next installment in the series!