By Sophie Littlefield
Awakening in a bleak panorama as scarred as her physique, Cass buck vaguely remembers surviving whatever negative. Having no inspiration what number weeks have handed, she slowly realizes the scary fact: Ruthie has vanished.And along with her, the majority of civilization.Where once-lush hills carried automobiles and trade, the roads at the present time see purely cannibalistic Beaters—people grew to become hungry for human flesh by means of a central authority test long gone wrong.In a damaged, barren California, Cass will endure a harrowing quest to get Ruthie again. Few humans belief an intruder, not to mention a girl who turned a zombie and one way or the other grew to become again, yet she reveals support from an enigmatic outlaw, Smoke. Smoke is her savior, and her safety.For the Beaters are out there.And the people grip at survival with their set off palms. specially once they research that she and Ruthie became the main feared, and wanted, of guns in a courageous new world….
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Cass’d been trying to hold on to her patience, but this—Nora’s implication that she had done this to herself on purpose—it was too much. “So where’s all my stuff, then? If I’ve been terrorizing citizens and stealing from them, where is it? ” Smoke glared at Nora, and after a long moment, the woman gave a faint shrug. Cass took a breath, let it out slowly, considered how much she wanted to give away. These people could help her, or not. They could let her go, or not. Already she felt certain that they would.
She asked. Now that she was so close, fear bloomed in her heart. “We did,” Smoke said. “Until…well, we had some trouble. A couple of weeks ago. ” “Seventeen days,” Nora said, with surprising bitterness. Smoke nodded, acknowledging her point. ” The suspicion was back. Cass looked from one to the other, mystified. “No, I don’t—I told you, I’ve been on my own since I woke up and—” “Some people would just say that it’s awfully convenient that you can’t remember anything,” Nora said. ” Smoke said.
He’d said it would give her less to explain to the others. Cass knew he was right. Still, when she made the first cut, the sight of her filthy and matted hair falling to the floor caused her to suck in her breath. Her hair had been her best feature, once. Long and thick and shiny, dark blond burnished with gold, curving inward where it lay across her collarbones. She refused to cry as the hair fell away, but when she had cut as far as she could reach, and Smoke closed his large hand gently over hers and took the scissors away, she squeezed her eyes shut and mourned the loss of the last faint reminder of her beauty as he carefully trimmed the back.