Nobody knew where the virus came from.
FOX News said it had been set loose by ISIS, using spores that had been invented by the Russians in the 1980s.
MSNBC said sources indicated it might’ve been created by engineers at Halliburton and stolen by culty Christian types fixated on the Book of Revelation.
CNN reported both sides.
While every TV station debated the cause, the world burnt.
Pregnant school nurse, HARPER GRAYSON, had seen lots of people burn on TV, but the first person she saw burn for real was in the playground behind the school.
With the epic scope of THE PASSAGE and the emotional impact of THE ROAD, this is one woman’s story of survival at the end of the world.
What we say – review by Nikki Mason:
Flamin’ Nora – this is a cracker of a book! It’s The Walking Dead meets The Crucible meets Volcano. The sick vs the healthy. The persecuted vs the authorities and all crammed into an action packed epic that I hated putting down.
When people start self-combusting after becoming infected with a fast-spreading but seemingly incurable virus, widespread panic ensues. The sick are cast out from society or rounded up and killed. But where there’s life, there’s hope and some small communities of the infected are finding ways to live with their affliction but living with the risk of bursting in to flames at any moment can put a lot of strain on people’s emotions and from time to time, madness descends.
This is a huge cauldron of a novel that pulses with life, hope and decency as well as extreme fear and constant devastation. Harper has to be one of my favourite heroines of all time. A genuinely nice, caring woman with a slight Mary Poppins obsession but whose fight for survival brings out strengths she never knew she had. She’s sweet without ever becoming sickly and the grumpy, arrogant Fireman is her perfect foil. And he is an intriguing character if ever I read one.
I could write about this book all day but instead, I urge you to read it and then talk to me about it afterwards!