by Jo Treggiari
A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.
Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.
I enjoyed this look at the future of New York City and thought Lucy was a well-developed character who was easy to relate to. She is fiercely independent in the beginning, but obviously needed to have some sort of human interaction when she meets Aiden.
There are some slow points to the story, where the mystery and action seem to stop and the characters make no progress emotionally or physically. Those parts brought the book down a bit for me, but overall I really enjoyed the story.