Imagine the water rising and flooding whole areas. Storms destroying homes. Government as we know it stops. Everyone is for themselves. What can I get ....How do we survive...who do I have to kill to get food, water, shelter. These are the challenges that the main characters have to figure out. Nada and her mom are on their own and are currently in the old high school. This is were everyone else, who is not on their own was holding up. The guardians, are basically a mob, there to "help" make sure everyone gets their fair share. But they know that they are up to something very bad. Issac is just a boy Nada sees. He looks strong and is intimidating. She wants and needs his help, if she wants to survive. After a tragedy and her mothers death, Issac and Nada are on there own. Survival depends on the two learning to work together. Gathering their own little tribe and learning to live in the new world is not an easy thing. With the threat and realities of constant fighting, raids, or just finding and defending food, is challenging. Issac and Nada are best friends, but Issac hints at more. They come across a boy, from another district. Turning him in would mean death, and he is asking for help with an impossible task. He asks them to help get his sister. She has been kidnapped by the people who Nada and Issac want to stay as far away from as possible.....the guardians. He has just saved Issac's life from a cougar, and that makes it a really hard request to say no to. The new boy also knows of a shelter, where they would have enough water for many years to come. Is it worth risking to save one lone 14 yr girl?
YA novel. A start to a series. It kept my interest going. I loved the drama between Issac, Nada and the others. Makes you want to see them through to the end. Issac, you get a love/hate relationship. Nada is a strong teenager, confident and capable of taking care of herself.. The characters are well written and the action will keep you going as a YA or adult. Worth the read for almost any age. Be for warned, it is a start of a series! I am hoping the author sends me the next book in the series.