"Hardly the familiar post-apocalyptic novel of zombie attacks and desperate efforts to rebuild civilization--a personal story of a scared girl and the survivors she finds in the ruins of her world. Lizzie is hard-edged and gritty, vulnerable and kind. Her personality is so compelling that she grabs you by the heart and pulls you along until it's three in the morning and the story's over and you just want to read more."~ Don Sakers - Analog Science Fiction
"A post-apocalyptic world that is inwardly and outwardly consistent by paying attention to the details. Lizzie, the anti-hero is the tough chick with a heart of gold. She survives the pandemic apocalypse that wipes out 95 percent of the world's population [and] captures the reader by being so human that you can't help being sucked into her world.... like Rowling and Suzanne Collins, writes about young people, but engages a wider audience [in] what it is like to be young in this difficult world." ~ Christopher Key, Entertainment News NorthWest
"A fast paced, adrenaline soaked novel. . . . Lizzie, or Crazy Lizzie to her friends, makes for a rather dark character. A former cutter who has occasional suicidal tendencies, she nonetheless manages to be very compelling. In fact, all the characters manage to be interesting. . . . Slater ramps up the action and suspense until you're flipping the pages almost too fast to read the words. . . . waiting (impatiently) for the sequel." ~ Kayti Nika Raet, Readers' Favorite.
From the Author
For 17 years I have worked with students who were dealt a challenging hand, often felt that they didn't have a voice, and had trouble finding themselves in the world. Too often the young adult books are light and fun. And the protagonists are often Caucasian and male. Though this is changing, there are not enough strong females central characters who actually effect the world around themselves. I had created this universe in a story about 15 years ago, but instead of a virus, it was a bacteria. When I came up with placing Lizzie in this universe, everything clicked.
I didn't want to write another zombie, nuclear war, global warming, alien invasion, natural disaster apocalypse novel. I wanted to create a realistic world.