It’s the near future – the very near future – and the fossil fuels are running out. No gas. No oil. Which means no driving. No heat. Supermarkets are empty. Malls have shut down. Life has just become more local than we ever knew it could be.
Nobody expected the end to come this fast. And in the small town of Spring Valley, decisions that once seemed easy are quickly becoming matters of life and death. There is hope – there has to be hope – just there are also sacrifices that need to be made, and a whole society that needs to be rethought.
Teens like Niki, Tom, and Gwen may find what they need to survive. But their lives are never going to be the same again.
I thought the characters in this book were good. Maybe the dialog wasn’t the best but it wasn’t something I’d noticed until I read someone’s review going on about how awful it was. It wasn’t awful. Clearly they haven’t read a truly awful dialog in a book. This was just so-so, but your so occupied with everything else it’s easy to not be bothered by it. I was more immersed in what each person was doing to get by.
Another thing people complained about was that they felt the author was preachy. I didn’t feel like she was preachy, but at times it felt a bit too textbook. It wasn’t blended in so well so it felt like a bit of a nonfiction book thrown in. It was short pieces of a paragraph or two and I was interested in it, so I liked it. I’m not marking it down for that. But I can see how some may not like it as much.
I think this book is a fantastic way to get out there in a fiction book about something that could so easily happen in our future. This is a book I would buy and give away to everyone I know so they can consider stocking up on canned foods and maybe take at least a few steps in preparing for this or something similar.