Achoo! Hope that isn't the flu that you have... if so, I expect you will be dead soon... at least that would be the case in "Breakers"... The Breakers is a story of a massive flu virus that kills off most of the population of the world. It has two separate story lines - Walt, a man from New York, and Mia and Raymond, a couple from LA.
Walt is madly in love with Vanessa, a model/actress, and lives in New York. He finds a "Dear John" letter that states that she is going to break up with him and he is destroyed by the thought. He tried to find ways to change her mind or avoid her giving it to him since she doesn't know that he has seen it. One way that he comes up with is to pretend to be ill. This actually works very well since she lovingly takes care of him and he feels he has bought more time to change her mind as she is his entire world. Very ironic of course because she then gets sick with the flu and isn't faking and soon dies.
Walt then decides that he is going to walk to LA because Vanessa's dream was always to move to LA and Walt brushed her off whenever she brought it up. He doesn't expect to live through the trip - after all, it is over 3000 miles and he is not going to take a car even though they are readily available. The situation in NY is chaos - dead bodies everywhere, rats, soldiers, looting. Walt has to experience extreme situations before he is able to start his journey.
Raymond and Mia's story is completely different. They had moved to California when Raymond had inherited his Mom's house and expected to be able to find jobs and have a great life. Instead, Raymond can't find work, they are running out of money, and he is scrambling for a job. The flu doesn't affect their life as much where they live. While they do have some scary experiences at first, it actually seems rather calm and they are happier than they have been in a long time.
Then, the aliens come (not a spoiler alert - the author refers to the "crab like monstrosity" that Walt runs into and the colonists in his book description). The story lines meet up together when the survivors have to fight to take Earth back from the aliens.
I thought it was a good book - enjoyed the "journey stories" of both Walt and Raymond and Mia the best. The secondary characters that they meet for the alien portion were interesting and there were some good twists. Walt had some life experiences from his family business that I wasn't expecting and was pretty cool when it came to fighting - something new which is always good to read. I would buy other books from this author..