"In 2067, an airborne virus wiped out 97 percent of the male population. Thirty years later, women rule the world and have ushered in a new golden age on Earth. Poverty, crime, war, and hunger have all disappeared. Growing up in this utopia, fourteen-year-old Kellen Dent feels isolated as one of the few males alive.
When a rumored outbreak of the virus threatens Kellen's outcast father, he knows that he must warn him of the coming danger. During his desperate race to find his dad, Kellen uncovers a secret so frightening that his life and the future of the world will never be the same."
I really enjoyed this one from David Patneaude. I felt the concept was unique, the dialogue very believable, and the characters, especially our MC, Kellen, were likable. I thought the author did an excellent job at creating a goosebump-inducing plot and filling it with enough twists and turns to keep us guessing. I love a good post-apocalyptic story and this one was creepy enough for me to really like.
It dragged in a few areas and was quite as exciting and page-turning as I had hoped, but I was engrossed in the story from start to finish and interested in what came next.
I do have to saw, I'm a bit disappointed in the cover change from the ARC to what appears to be the finished book on Amazon. I loved the cover (that was the first note I took) with an actual visual of Epitaph Road and the thousands of crosses. The new one is kinda boring. But...the publishing date isn't until March 23rd, so maybe I'll be surprised again.
Overall rating: 3 out of 5
If you're a fan of Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer or anything of the like, definitely check it out.
Young Adult Fiction
Review copy received from publisher
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