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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Mother Nature is pissed.
Few will survive.
Jackie is loving her last year of summer camp, despite new-guy Xander, jerk extraordinaire. That is, until disaster strikes on the senior backpacking trip. At first, it seems like a nightmare, but Jackie quickly realizes that the huge fire and resulting carnage around her are as real as real gets.
Miraculously (and infuriatingly, in Jackie’s opinion), Xander survives the burning, too, but that’s the least of her worries. Mother Nature has wiped out millions and burned cities to the ground, plants are growing at a crazy-rapid rate, and fairytale creatures are very real—and very dangerous.
Jackie and Xander must learn to survive sans food, shelter, and soap, and battle their way across the wild American landscape in search of their families—all without killing each other. Along the way, the duo learns that maybe the other isn’t so terrible after all, but going months with no toothpaste isn’t exactly a recipe for romance. Will the journey be too much for their growing relationship? Will it even be worth it at all? Or will their homes and families be burned to a crisp?
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was an okay story, but it was a bit unbelievable.
Mother Nature is supposedly ‘pissed’ at the human population for the harm that they have done to the environment, so she punishes them by killing most of them. Why some people survived and others didn’t I don’t know. I really don’t know why Jackie and Xander survived.
The storyline in this was about Jackie and Xander surviving in the ‘New Wild’ as they journeyed to Jackie’s home to see if her family was still alive, and we got some really random mythological creatures turning up which was a little odd. The survival stuff seemed a little farfetched as well as someone gave Jackie some tips on and suddenly she was able to go off on her own and cope just fine.
The ending to this was also less than believable for me, but Jackie was happy at least.
6 out of 10