There are two inherent truths in the world: life as we know it is over, and monsters are real.
The Pestas came in the night, spreading their pox, a deadly plague that decimated the population. Kat, one of the unlucky few who survived, is determined to get to her last living relative and find shelter from the pox that continues to devastate the world. When it mutates and becomes airborne, Kat is desperate to avoid people because staying alone might be her only chance to stay alive. That is, until she meets Dylan. Dylan, with his easy smile and dark, curly hair, has nowhere to go and no one to live for. He convinces Kat there can be safety in numbers, that they can watch out for each other. So the unlikely couple set off together through the barren wasteland to find a new life – if they can survive the roaming Pestas, bands of wild, gun-toting children, and piles of burning, pox-ridden bodies.
WOW!! I absolutely loved this book. If you love dystopian, magical creatures and a little romance than hurry and grab this book. If you know anything about me at all, it is that I love dystopian/creature books where the characters are on a journey to find something or get to a "safe" place. Well this book was all that and much, much more. Shauna had a very different approach to the creature or Pestas as they called them.
After the pox hit everyone started turning into Peatas just by breathing in the air around them.
From the moment Kat’s pox ridden mom helped her pack her few belongings and put her in the car she was alone. The pox was not a natural sickness, it was magic and the human race was dwindling away. Kat definitely did not lead a life before that would in any way prepare her for what she was going to have to go through. The object now was just to survive. She learned quickly not to trust anyone not even the government.
Dylan is good-looking and I feel he is “innocent” in a world that has gone to hell. I don't believe Dylan has quite had to deal with what was actually happening out in the world like Kat has. She tries to get rid of him but he was very persistent and wouldn't let her go off without him. So they start off toward Washington to her Uncle’s place. After taking in a dog and finding a vehicle Dylan can hot wire, they head north.
Shauna did a wonderful job of continually building this world that was slowly dying. I could vividly picture every scene in my head like I was watching it unfold before my eyes. It is a wonderful story and had lots of breathe holding, white knuckle scenes. I can't wait until the next one comes out. Shauna hurry!!
5 HOOTS FOR WORLD OF ASH!!!
About the Author
Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis.