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Strange Days (edition 2019)

by Sharon Mikeworth (Author)

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The start of Skye Cassidy's adult life is also the beginning of the world ending as she knows it. At her twenty-first birthday celebration, she hears for the first time about a deadly flu-like illness sweeping the country. Before long the hospitals are being overwhelmed and entire areas have been quarantined. As more and more seats around her in class or at the café where she works become empty, Skye realizes the sickness has made its way to them. Abruptly all the schools close their doors, and many jobs shut down as well, including Skye's. Not long after, the utilities fail and gas and food become scarce as the sickness reaches epidemic proportions, causing critical infrastructures to collapse and transportation to grind to a halt.While nearly everyone around Skye dies, she continues to live and has to fight to survive in a strange and sometimes hostile environment. Struggling to adapt to her increasingly solitary existence, she must navigate a series of encounters and pitfalls along the way on a grim and desolate journey to find someone like her to alleviate her all-encompassing loneliness and give her a reason to go on. Strange Days is a gritty, compelling tale of courage and strength in the face of unfathomable loss and the hope for a salvation that seems out of reach.… (more)
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Title:Strange Days
Authors:Sharon Mikeworth (Author)
Info:River Nation Publishing (2019), 304 pages
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I ended up really loving this book, it starts to lag around 20% and become quite monotonous, but don't give up because it does pick up. This is a realistic account of what might happen if an extremely deadly flu epidemic hit the population. Because it is so realistic, there are definitely some more depressing moments, but I love that the main character seems to always hope for more at the end of the day. I found myself thinking about whether I, too, could maintain such hope in such a despairing situation. It has a great ending and some moments of surprise. If you like this genre and find the excerpt compelling I don't think you would be disappointed in picking this book up.

***I received this book for free from Librarything. This in no way influenced my opinion of the book. Thank you to the author and Library thing for providing me a copy of this book*** ( )
  caseyjessa | Dec 8, 2019 |
"A fresh angle on apocalyptic fiction. Skye is a fascinating and complex character, and in this premise of a rapidly emptying world, it is essential to have a unique protagonist at the center driving the story forward. Mikeworth’s insight into human nature is visceral, particularly for readers who have struggled with solitude, trauma and loss. Strange Days works to remind readers of their humanity, and humility, and perhaps spark greater appreciation for all that they already have, and all that they take for granted." —SPR
 
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The start of Skye Cassidy's adult life is also the beginning of the world ending as she knows it. At her twenty-first birthday celebration, she hears for the first time about a deadly flu-like illness sweeping the country. Before long the hospitals are being overwhelmed and entire areas have been quarantined. As more and more seats around her in class or at the café where she works become empty, Skye realizes the sickness has made its way to them. Abruptly all the schools close their doors, and many jobs shut down as well, including Skye's. Not long after, the utilities fail and gas and food become scarce as the sickness reaches epidemic proportions, causing critical infrastructures to collapse and transportation to grind to a halt.While nearly everyone around Skye dies, she continues to live and has to fight to survive in a strange and sometimes hostile environment. Struggling to adapt to her increasingly solitary existence, she must navigate a series of encounters and pitfalls along the way on a grim and desolate journey to find someone like her to alleviate her all-encompassing loneliness and give her a reason to go on. Strange Days is a gritty, compelling tale of courage and strength in the face of unfathomable loss and the hope for a salvation that seems out of reach.

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Skye Cassidy has just celebrated her twenty-first birthday when a deadly flu-like illness begins sweeping across the country. Before long the hospitals are overwhelmed and entire areas have been quarantined. Soon after that, the utilities fail and gas and food become scarce as the sickness reaches epidemic proportions, causing the critical infrastructures to collapse and transportation to grind to a halt.

Skye continues to live while people around her fall victim to the mysterious illness, and struggles to adapt to her increasingly lonely existence. Finally, in desperation, she sets out on a journey, following the faint sound of a faraway voice on the radio.
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