By M. K. Wren
Within the twenty first Century, civilization is crumbling less than the weight of overpopulation, fiscal chaos, petty wars, a awful pandemic, and at last, a nuclear warfare that necessarily leads to a perilous nuclear winter.
On the Oregon Coast, ladies, author Mary wish and painter Rachel Morrow, scratch out a minimum life as farmers. In what little time is out there to them, they embark at the venture that they desire will provide the reward of information to destiny generations of survivors—the protection of the books: these to be had from their very own collections and any they locate at close by deserted houses.
For years, Mary and Rachel are happy to hard work at this job of their solitude, yet an afternoon comes after they come upon a tender guy who comes from a bunch of survivors at the southern coast. They name their neighborhood the Ark. an exceptionally hopeful assembly, it may possibly appear, till Rachel and Mary detect that the Arkites think in just one book—the Judeo-Christian bible—and regard all different books as blasphemous.
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Even-tempered Doyle had lost it. He'd yelled and cursed and insulted her. Her adrenaline rising, Lila had yelled back. Things she hadn't known bothered her came spewing out. Before it was over, they were both displaying a passion their relationship had been sorely lacking for most of the time they were together. Now that it was over, she felt a vague anxiety and melancholy and definitely regret for losing her temper, but nothing more powerful than that. " The thought made her sadder than the actual loss of him.
Her gaze slid back to the serene-faced Buddha on the page of her book and she wished she'd remembered her Zen beliefs last night. She'd gone to meet Doyle at his place fully expecting to present the situation calmly and receive an equally peaceful agreement from her boyfriend. Ex now, she reminded herself. The man rarely got upset even when he was under a lot of pressure at the hospital where he worked, which from all accounts had been a madhouse recently due to the A7 virus. He was always reasonable.
Jesus, I need a cigarette. " Ari didn't hand Deb the lighter but did flick it on again. The glow illuminated the faces of the little group making them into eerie yellow masks. "Lila's right. Last thing we need is to start panicking or making up crazy stories. We should think about arming ourselves though. " Just then a scream echoed through the tunnel from far behind them. Everyone stopped talking and froze. Lila glanced at Ari. His eyes reflected the fire glow and she saw fear in them before he flipped the lighter closed.