Storms have destroyed the world. Radiation wreaked havoc with survivors causing everyone except pregnant women and animals to perish. Now a group of mutant teens, horses, and a neurotic dog must go on a journey to save their people. They live life in a protected valley, but will not live long if they cannot find a cure for the sickness that is killing them. Along the way they will meet animals they’ve only seen in books, make new friends, and learn the truth about a secret one of them has been keeping.
Targeted Age Group:: 11-18
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to portray a post-apocalyptic scenario that wasn’t dark and dirty, but instead hopeful. Rather than violence and bloodshed I wrote about a group of women not only surviving, but thriving, after disasters destroyed their entire world. I also wanted funny quirky animals and teens to play starring roles… so that’s what I did.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Each of my main characters has something abnormal from residual radiation aftereffects. One has a dog tail, one has non-working gills and multi-colored eyes, one has purple hair and eyes, and one has a secret that you’ll have read to find out. I had a lot of fun coming up with my “misfit” teens.
He stroked her brown hair and gave a watery smile. “My baby girl, you know how this goes. We simply don’t live for long and there is no cure for what ails us. Live your life to its fullest now. I don’t have long left on this earth, but I lived my life to sustain you and your brothers. Though, they were a happy surprise after we thought we were done having kids.” Talking seemed to visibly drain his energy as he slumped farther into his stained pillow.
Her heart wrenched seeing her father so weak. When she was younger she had been told how the sickness worked, but refused to believe it could strike strong healthy adults. Even though she knew the oldest anyone in this community had lived since her birth was 35 she could not wrap her mind around it. Watching her dad grow weaker day by day made it her reality. There was no denying the ferocity, but buried within her there was a spark of hope, a hope for a cure that was just waiting to be discovered.
She leaned down and gently kissed her dad’s clammy forehead, glancing at her mom, she saw the pain hidden there, brimming beneath a layer of strength. She returned to the kitchen, though she no longer had an appetite. Her brothers were just polishing off their food when she walked in. “Here munchkins, have mine, I’m not hungry this morning.” They grinned as she scraped her food equally between their plates.
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