WANTED: Men and women willing to drive through the valley of the shadow of death. The world’s population has been decimated by the Change, a chain reaction of events triggered by global warming. In Europe, governments have fallen, cities have crumbled and the wheels of production have ground to a halt. The Alps region, containing most of the continent’s remaining fresh water, has become a closed state with heavily fortified borders. Survivors cling on by trading through the Runners, truck drivers who deliver cargo and take a percentage. Amid the ruins of central Germany, two Runners, Cassady and Ghazi, are called on to deliver medical supplies to a research base deep in the Italian desert, where scientists claim to be building a machine that could reverse the effects of the Change. Joining the pair are a ragtag collection of drivers, all of whom have something to prove. Standing in their way are starving nomads, crumbling cities, hostile weather and a rogue state hell-bent on the convoy’s destruction. And there’s another problem: Cassady is close to losing his nerve.
I received this book from the publisher via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed the concept of this book, and though I’d have like a little more world building, what we did get was really interesting. Plus we see so much about how the world has come to be, which I enjoyed.
I struggling to connect with any of the characters and I found it hard to believe Cassady had even been the guy the others made him out to be, and we don’t really get much of a connection between that and what we see on page. I did like Hearst, but you don’t really see enough of the others, except Ghazi, to connect with them. This did make me struggle to keep reading, but the storyline was strong enough to keep me going.
I also like that it’s not full of the hope of a brighter future – it’s bleak throughout, and even the ending remains so to a degree. Worth a read.
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