The first installment of Ilsa J. Bick's new trilogy is chilling. I had to read it all in one sitting in an attempt to prevent nightmares!
Alex has brain cancer, and after years of treatments, she heads into the wilderness with a gun and her parent's ashes. She may or may not be ready to end her suffering, but whatever her plans were before, everything changes after the zap. Apocalyptic conditions are created almost instantly by an EMP, but it's worse than just a loss of electricity: most people between 20 and 60 drop dead on the spot, and many of the teens and children who are left turn wild. We're not just talking Lord of the Flies wild: the kids become crazed cannibals, hunting the other survivors. Alex finally makes it to Rule, a safe settlement, but things are not as they seem; something Alex doesn't realize until it is likely too late.
This is a zombie apocalypse book without real zombies: living teens who eat each other is, frankly, so much scarier. Not for the faint of heart!