As the end of the world begins, Carla and Tully hurtle through a wormhole five years forward in time—to find they haven’t missed the Apocalypse after all.
Carla and Tully are picnicking in the quad of their international high school in central Paris when the end of the world begins. They are sucked into a wormhole that spits them out five years later to find that the world is a freezing desolation but still hanging on, waiting for something even worse to finish it off…the something worse turns out to be the Burnt Man and his horsemen.
Taken prisoner by the Flay Tribe to their lair in the ruins of a shopping mall, Tully is forced to become a warrior, while Carla joins the other girls as a kitchen slave and comfort woman.
Tully might like the idea of playing soldiers, but Carla knows what is waiting for the girls when the food runs out, and it isn’t pleasant. The supermarket holy man’s vision of the return of the Burnt Man and his demon friends drags Tully back to reality—when the four fiends are reunited, the Apocalypse will really begin. Carla and Tully don’t plan on being there when that happens.
But in this post-Abomination world where only the young and brutal have survived, where food and fuel are running out, and the climate is plunging into another final ice age, there is nowhere to run—except down another wormhole, with no idea of what might be waiting for them at the other end.
This is a fantastic story, but very dark and intense. The story is unique and the world-building excellent- along the lines of The Hunger Games or Walking Dead (without zombies). Instead, there is what happens when the fight to survive turns seemingly innocent children into savages.
Two high school students, Carla and Tully are sucked into a wormhole right as the Apocalypse begins. On the other end, they discover they’ve been thrust a few years into the future and things have not gone well at all. The world is desolate, frozen. There are terrifying prophecies and unbelievable brutality.
Before they have the chance to try and make sense of things, they are captured by the Flay Tribe – a group of young survivors – and taken to an abandoned mall where the tribe has set up their bizarre, new society. That’s when the real, terrifying challenges begin.
This story captivated me and kept me on edge. I love how the author used the varying viewpoints of the male and the female characters in the story. Once again, the girls are forced to fill the subservient role and the men are the warriors. I enjoyed experiencing Tully’s ‘aha’ moment when it became all too frighteningly real, and he finally understood how mired in violence and brutality the tribe is – and that they need to get away from them.
The Biblical theme of the Four Horses of the Apocalypse is incorporated into the story and it’s very well done. Ms. Dougherty does a fine job of upping the ante on the tension and suspense. When I got to the end I was definitely not ready for this wild ride to be over! I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. This a 5 Star must read for those who love dystopia, suspense, thrillers and strong, well-drawn characters.