About the Book
When a massive solar flare wiped out all modern technology across the globe, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have found refuge, but Shelby knows she can't simply remain hidden forever. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin—and Shelby will risk her life traveling to Austin to make sure he gets it.
Shelby's best friend and high school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won't even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they manage to get to the capital—only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy.
Shelby and Max's search for medical supplies will lead them into terrifying territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.
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In this second book in an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian series, survival will be threatened and faith will be put to the ultimate test as a raging storm engulfs America.
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About the Author
Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. She is the author of seventeen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com.
Focus piece on Austin, TX--the main setting for the story
I had a lot of fun writing about my state capitol. If you’ve never been there, it’s an awesome place to visit, and the weather is usually very good…unless you come in August when the heat is insufferable. Of course the Austin that Max and Shelby drive through is drastically changed. When the story opens, it’s been 17 days since a solar flare wiped out all technology--less than 3 weeks. But that’s enough time for some people to panic, some to take advantage of the situation, and others to band together. This is good and bad. We have groups that are lawless and ruthless. We also have groups like the Remnant, who are determined to be the hands and feet of Christ even in a darkened world.
For a little while in the story, our characters travel through the Texas hill country. While there are fewer people out and about, the natural beauty of the area shines through.
But their destination is Austin, the state capitol. The metropolitan Austin area is home to over 2 million people. It’s the 11th most populated city in the U.S. and is currently the fastest growing city in the U.S. Austin is nestled in the foothills of the Texas Hill Country and home to the Bass Concert Hall, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, the University of Texas, Barton Springs, Zilker Park, and Town Lake.
Once in Austin, they end up in the Saint Mary Cathedral, an absolutely beautiful building located in downtown Austin.
But their destination is the capitol. When they reach this area, they find that it has been changed in ways they couldn’t have imagined.
I enjoyed writing about a real location, especially one so near and dear to my heart. I hope that when you’re done reading this series, you’ll book a trip to Texas and enjoy the sights. Just do it while the lights are still on.
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