The Road Ahead
by Hali C. Broncucia
Publisher: BookBaby (April 2, 2018)
Paperback: 212 pages
A viral epidemic has wiped out 99% of the world’s population leaving scientist Heather Morgan to fight off thieves and scrounge for food and shelter near Denver, Colorado. When Heather befriends the young, naïve Jodi, she learns that a biotech company in San Francisco is rumored to have created a vaccine. Together, the women trek by foot to find the lab.
After suffering a near-fatal attack, Heather and Jodi find a safe haven on a farm with two young men, Cam and Elliot. Their security is short-lived, however, when irrevocable consequences threaten Heather’s mission. Will Heather be able to overcome loss and tragedy to find the vaccine or will she let sorrow overtake her and turn back? How many lives are worth the risk for a hope that rests in only a rumor?
May contain spoilers
THE ROAD AHEAD grabbed me from page one and I could not put it down.
Heather has been awakened by a nightmare and she determines it to be about 3 a.m. So, the story starts out at the Devil's hour. We soon learn an infective agent has wiped out 99% of the planet.
A VIRAL DEMON.
The descriptions of a dwindling population, where 1% of the remaining occupants are forced to search for food and provisions, I found to be very thought-provoking.
What does it take to be self-sufficient - to survive? And how does this change affect us?
It occurs to me that all senses may be heightened because much of the diet is plant-based. And people, when threatened and desperate, will act in involuntary and self -protective ways.
In this book, we have the main character Heather, who is tormented by the loss of her husband, Peter and, we have a small supporting cast, but foremost among them are Jodi, the beguiling teenager. John, the man with rotten teeth and the stench of urine. Cam and Elliott whose farm, Heather and Jodi stumble upon. Then there's a gunwoman and the conspicuous Dr. Monroe.
This achingly lovely post-apocalyptic read is from an intelligent and gifted author who excels in combining the what-if's of our imagination with the character's we view - making all seem suspicious. I truly felt the stone canyon metaphor was brilliant, as we often attempt to cling to things in life that potentially exceed our grasp. But we still make a tenacious effort.
I received this amazing book through the generosity of the author for an honest review and perhaps one day we'll meet along 'THE ROAD AHEAD'.