An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.
For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.
"This novel is dystopian to it's very core and creepy as all get out. One random day, North America (at least) gets hit by a tremendous electromagnetic pulse that wipes out all electric things and immediately kills most of the population. Only the very young (12 and less) and the very old (65+) seem to survive relatively intact. Others survive too--mostly teenagers to early 20s--but they have changed into cannibalistic zombies and are very, very dangerous. The story centers on 17 year old Alex, who was camping off-season in the Michigan woods alone. She meets up with an old man and his 8 year old granddaughter shortly before the pulse, and finds herself the guardian of the little girl when the EMP kills the old man via his pace maker. Thus begins an adventure that just doesn't stop, and the surprises and violence are very nearly continuous. Desperation and brutality seem to be the aftermath of the pulse as those who are left fight to survive the first winter after 'The Zap'. It's a scary story with a LOT of graphic moments, but it's also impossible to put down. There are plenty of unanswered questions by the end of the book, making me wonder if there is going to be a sequel. I certainly will be trying to figure things out for a long time, wondering what clues I may have missed, etc. While it's a little choppy in places, I still call it a fine, if very, very dark, novel."