Genre: post-apocalyptic fiction
Length: 469 pages
Setting: various U.S. locations, near future
Interest: I found it available free online at some point and put it on my Kindle (turns out it’s only available electronically). I chose it off my Kindle because it fit a letter I was missing in my reading challenge.
Summary: At 2:15am on October 15th, nearly everyone in the world vanishes. The survivors have no idea what happened or why they were spared, and most are traveling aimlessly, hoping to find family and friends they know. We follow several different groups of people as they try to figure out what happened and what to do next. At some point, the all see humanoid figures with black, wet skin, often lacking parts of their face, who attack and eat any humans they catch. There seems to be a remnant of the government left on Black Island, but otherwise, there are just small bands of people, some helping each other, and others preying on those weaker than themselves.
Final thoughts: The book was originally released episodically, with each of the six episodes composed of several chapters from a different point of view and ending on a major cliffhanger. In each episode, we learn a little more of what happened, even getting a chapter from one of the bleaker’s point of view. (One group named the humanoid creatures “bleakers” for lack of anything else to call them.) It’s just enough to suck you into the next part of the story. The authors have definitely hooked me into wanting the next two seasons.
Title comes from: The abrupt change in life when 99.9% of humanity disappears and all power shuts off.
Reading challenges fulfilled: 17/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge, a Y in A-Z Reading Challenge (which takes me to 12/26).