By Sophie Littlefield
(Luna Books, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780373803521, 448pp.)
Publication Date: March 26, 2013
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Awakening in a bleak landscape, Cass Dollar vaguely recalls enduring something terrible. Having no idea how many daysor weekshave passed, she slowly realizes the horrifying truth: her daughter, Ruthie, has vanished. And with her, nearly all of civilization. Instead of winding through the once-lush hills, the roads today see only cannibalistic Beaterspeople turned hungry for human flesh by a government experiment gone wrong.
In a broken, barren California, Cass will undergo a harrowing quest to get Ruthie back. Few people trust an outsidermuch less one who bears the telltale scars of a Beater attackbut she finds safety with an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. And she'll need him more than ever when his ragged band of survivors learn that she and Ruthie have become the most feared, and desired, weapons in a brave new world.