Author: Liam Brown
This is my 42nd book for the year
This is a story about Angela. A virus has swept the world driving everyone indoors. The virus is carried by contact and skin cells, so no one can be together withou a protective suit. Even that is dangerous. People can't even be together in the same house - their houses all retrofitted so they can exist solely on their own-their only way of communication is online. Their food is government issued and brought to them in secure locations once a week.
For five years what remains of the human race has existed behind closed doors. Talks of a cure have long stopped. People just exist on their own - squirreled away wondering if they will ever see another person ever again. For Angela. her husband and two kids-their communciation levels have long since broken down withou the ability to see each other. Her daughter Amber - a sulky teenager barely talks to her parents. Charlie - their younger son has become a monster in his own right. Angela - who has joined the neighborhood watch goes out in her suit one night and discovers a man - no suit, no protection - existing and not sick. Not knowing what to make of him, she realizes she needs to find out who he is and if he could be the key to ending this nightmare.
This was a pretty good book. It was short, but the author packed a lot into the pages. It was written in 2019 which is eerie - it was a premonition to our own pandemic. It is well written and a well thought out dystopian. I did not care for Angela's husband - his character was awful. As was her son Charlie. But they are small parts of this story, so it didn't distract from the story.
I found this novel by accident while perusing a used book store and I am read I found it.