By Stephen Wallenfels
A "fast-paced and engrossing" (Publishers Weekly) sci-fi novel that asks the query: What may you do to outlive?
When the black spheres crammed the sky, an individual stuck underneath them could vanish in a flash of blue-white gentle. Huddled interior, the survivors have been unaware if what was once occurring of their neighborhoods was once taking place all over the world.
Josh is trapped at domestic along with his father, whose sanity is commencing to erode from the unending confinement. Megs struggles to outlive in a lodge parking storage the place she sees human nature at its worst. For either one of them, foodstuff, water, and time are working out.
And soaring patiently above them is an extraterrestrial enemy that has inexplicably declared struggle opposed to humanity…
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He rubs the counter with a rag, his hand relocating in gradual, meticulous circles. He’s fairly leaning into it, concentrating, bald patch down, like there’s a few stain that simply won’t pop out. After a couple of extra rubs he selections up the spray bottle, squirts a couple of blasts at one other spot, then is going again to paintings. Then he's taking a spoon, dips it within the glass, and drizzles it over the spot. He rubs that down with a distinct rag. Then he choices up the spray bottle, strikes a bit of to the best … I’ve noticeable sufficient. I flip round and slip again to my room. With the door closed and absolute darkness enveloping me, I reflect on this new rip within the textile of my lifestyles. And Dutch begins licking his balls. excellent. DAY 19: l. a., CALIFORNIA The Whispering girls i feel my eye is contaminated. It’s long past from sore whilst I contact it, to a gradual throbbing discomfort it doesn't matter what. i believe a whopper of a headache approaching, too. I can’t do that ladder factor anymore. i must locate Cassie prior to it’s too overdue, for her and for me. There are methods i will do this. One is to stroll correct in and inform Richie that I’ll supply him the gun if he’ll supply me Cassie. the opposite direction is lots tougher and that i commence sweating simply considering it, but when it capability warding off Richie and Mr. Hendricks, then I’m able to test. I fold up the ladder and lug it again to the application room. That’s the place I slept for the previous nights. It used to be shivering chilly, yet fortunately whoever labored there left a sweatshirt in the back of, so I didn’t have to sleep in a motor vehicle. I received scared at the moment evening simply because I heard noises and it used to be so darkish, darker than the Volvo trunk even, that I broke down and used a glow stick. It died this morning, so now there’s purely 3 left. That used to be silly. I count number doorways as I stroll and consider the proof: There are 3 guards I’ve seen—Richie, Hacker, and Black Beard. all of them have weapons. They take turns guarding the doorways, even at evening while every person is sound asleep. I’m unsure what they’re guarding and why, simply because nobody can use the skin entrance—the spaceballs ensure that doesn’t ensue. the golf green door that ends up in the parking storage is used purely while somebody choices up a bucket and is going out to The Sewer. the single wrong way in that i do know approximately is my mystery way—the software room. There’s a door to the stairway that is going as much as the 10th flooring. I can’t see it from the vent, yet I pay attention it establishing and shutting all day lengthy. I don’t imagine there’s a defend. yet there are at the very least 3 extra guards at the 10th ground. I heard Richie speak about “Jamie and Myles and that valueless Russian. ” I’ve obvious Hacker pass up there, too. That makes six overall, no longer together with Mr. Hendricks. I achieve the 7th door at the left, push it open. The tape continues to be over the latch. I slip into the software room, shut the door in the back of me, paintings my method to the surface door, and open it a crack. There’s simply enough gentle open air for me to work out what I’m doing. I take the instruments i would like out of the backpack and stuff them in my wallet: damaged knife, pepper spray, make-up replicate, twine and tape, screwdriver, PowerBars, and the final 3 glow sticks.