Miles and Harper are on the cusp of middle age. Living a good life in the big city, they’re resigned to being childless. But when Harper suddenly learns that she is pregnant with twins, their somewhat boring marriage gets a much-needed kick in the pants. As they welcome a pair of beautiful little boys into their career-centered world, what should be the happiest moment of their lives quickly spirals into a pattern of heartbreak and paranoia.
As a twist of fate tragically takes one son, Harper puts on a brave face. Miles, on the other hand, isn’t holding together so well. Valiantly trying to pick the pieces of his shattered family and determined to assure the safety of his remaining son, Miles soon begins seeing things that aren’t really there.
Or are they?
The back of his mind whispers the word “ghost,” but logic tells him to write off the visions as a stress-induced reaction to the devastating loss. Although he keeps the troubling visions secret, he is unable to go on in the shadow of bad memories that linger in the city. In an attempt to heal his family and himself, he convinces Harper to pull up their roots and run back to his childhood home in the chilly solitude of Hemmings Pass, Alaska.
But there is no escaping the ghostly visions as they follow Miles, Harper, and little Logan all the way across the country. What’s even more frightening, Miles is no longer the only one seeing them. Plus, the once independent and creative Harper has shriveled into overly protective, dull “Stepford Mom” whose sole focus is motherhood.
And their ominous little visitor is growing bolder with each passing day.
Notes from the End of the World
High school is supposed to be the best years of a girl’s life, but when a pandemic breaks out, turning victims into flesh-hungry cannibals, Cindy Scott realizes she’s witnessing what may be the end of the world. As the N-Virus spreads, it becomes evident that no family is safe from its wrath. Despite efforts to carry on as normal, society starts to unravel.
Once Cindy’s popular sister, Audrey, a senior, is infected, the lives of the Scott family are forever altered. Cindy’s father, an E.R. doctor, manages to acquire a black-market vaccine to slow Audrey’s deterioration, but that isn’t a cure. It’s only delaying the inevitable. Audrey slowly becomes a zombie, yet she is able to maintain awareness.
In fact, she is so aware that she fights going to The Pastures, a “living cemetery” where the living dead are taken to wander fields, safely behind the security of electric fences, where they will eventually decay away to dust peacefully.
Cindy’s life continues to crumble as everyone she knows and loves succumbs to the effects of the N-Virus. Finally, she realizes her only hope is Nick, her longtime crush and fellow survivor.
“Solstice” gives a startling new meaning to fear with its depiction of the living dead.
This is a very dark, bloody, dystopian world Burgess has created and I thouroughly enjoyed it.
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