Published by Scholastic Press on June 1st 2011
A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.
Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.
I love post-apocalyptic/dystopian stories, and this one looked really good. Definitely a fast-moving survival plot, involving natural disasters, the invasion of militant-like Sweepers stealing people whenever they please, and even some budding romance. It all revolves around Lucy, who decides to abandon her seclusive camp of the past few months when hunting dogs find her and a young man saves her and tells her about the group he stays with. She's reluctant, but when a tsunami takes over her camp, she's forced to higher ground and gravitates towards Aidan's camp – Hell's Gate.
I really enjoyed getting to know Lucy. She did what she had to in order to survive. She didn't instantly become super-woman either. Lucy was a nicely balanced character and I loved her interactions with Aidan and Del. My favorite character would have to be Grammalie, a resilient old woman of 80 who ran the Hell's Gate camp and was very wise in her ways. I think fans of a more realistic post-apocalypse novel will enjoy this one.