This was an exciting and action packed page turner YA novel, which had me hooked from start to finish. Set during an apocalypse, the author does a wonderful job of world building, and makes living during an apocalypse come to life. The vivid setting made me feel immersed in the story and I felt engaged with the unique characters, especially with the main heroine of the story, Kella O’Malley. She is seventeen and is a likeable and relatable young lady who brings the story together. Along with her brother, Kella has joined a group of young people to take precious CDC data north along the Appalachian Trail.
A pandemic has made humans mutate into feral cannibals, and no one knows what caused this or how fast the mutation spreads. Therefore the survivors must hike as fast as they can and stay ahead of the “Hyenas”. All this and it was supposed to be Kella’s spring break. Kella, who suffers from severe caffeine withdrawal, from a shortage of coffee, writes in her shelter logbook, and her entries although dark are lighthearted and witty. The storyline is intriguing and original and the plot kept me happily turning the pages. An enjoyable YA novel which I recommend to adults as well.