Rarely are post-apocalypse tales so full of hope. This is the book The 100 could have been – and then it all goes a bit Sherri S Tepper.
Rai, Tien, Hera, Ghost, and Sam are part of a mission to reclaim the Earth more than a hundred years after all life there was wiped out. Aidan and Ally live with their mother and brothers under a mountain: the last five people alive – or so they think.
More than 400 pages of found family, hope for the future, and celebration of all types of diversity. It’s got everything you could want in a story: compelling characters, intricate world-building, and a story that keeps you turning the pages long after you should have gone back to working on your own novel. Deadlines, schmeadlines.
Trigger warnings: deadnaming, memories of child abuse, death, cruelty to animals (it’s a robot dog, but still).
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