“I thought I had already seen the best and worst of humanity. But I was wrong.”
When a rogue comet smashed into Earth, Jack Baldwin’s life changed forever. In a single night of carnage, the vast majority of the world’s population was obliterated, while those who survived were all but sent back to the Stone Age. The lucky ones? They don’t necessarily see it that way. Especially Jack, whose dreams of a happily ever after – well as happily ever after as Armaggedon gets – were shattered in a senseless act of violence. With everything and everyone he fought to build and protect now gone, Jack is left truly and utterly alone. And with food supplies growing ever scarcer, and fellow survivors getting more desperate and aggressive by the day, it’s going to be a long way back from the brink. Can Jack find himself again, find new purpose and carve out a way forward? Maybe. But first he’s going to have to ask himself the biggest question of all: Why?
As the gang head deeper into the Zombie RiZing, the salvation of the shopping centre awaits – food, supplies, weapons – everything they could need for their future survival. The only problem is, when we say salvation, we could actually mean another level of monster-plagued, bad-guy-laden, lair of despair. Beath and her magic-wielding friends are about to cross paths with fellow survivor Karl Dreeks, and if they’ve learned one thing in the RiZing, it’s that you can trust the fellow survivors about as much as you can the monsters.
Oh, speaking of which, did we mention the new breed of monsters? We didn’t? That seems like an oversight, as these new bad boys can fly!
So, when we say salvation, it could just be code for things are about to get a whole lot worse!
If Beath and the gang thought life in the school had been hard in the weeks since the riZIng, well, let’s just say they ain’t seen nothing yet. If only they had the resources to stay safe and secure in (Dec) East High, but they don’t and now the big wide zombie-ridden, scary, monster-lurking world awaits.
Sounds crazy, but they need food – lots of food – and to find that they need to get to the shopping mall, and to do that they need transport, which will most likely be found at the car park near the train station. It all makes sense, right?
Did we mention the new monsters? We didn’t, wow, that’s really an oversight on our behalf as they’re a totally new type of devious nasty. Very dangerous.
Still, things might work out well for the gang because… umm… erm… we’re sure there are reasons, we just can’t think of any right now.
After surviving another heart racing day in Zombie RiZing, Beath and the gang are now stuck a long way from home. Worse still, it’s the middle of the night and things have escalated. Now it’s not just Zombies (grunts) they’ll have to look out for, it’s giants, other, smarter zombies and some seriously nasty looking flying things! The gang is going to need to seriously level-up their zombie fighting skills and magic powers if they’ve got any hope of surviving long enough to find food. And that’s not to mention Sonny’s flatulence, which… actually can we not ever mention Sonny’s butt bugle again. There, that’s better.
Elizabeth is a survivor. Sure, everyone who made it through the first few weeks of the Zombie RiZing is a survivor, but she’s a special case.
She’s holed up in her high school with her wheelchair-bound bestie and four of the most inept zombie fighters fate could inflict on her. Seriously, if the apocalypse was a martial art, these guys wouldn’t even get to wear a white belt.
Even worse, their food supply is dwindling and danger is closing in. The only answer lays outside, away from the safety of classrooms and up close and personal with countless zombies (grunts), rival students and who knows what else.
Worse still, the only protection they’ll have is whatever objects they can find to swing, fling or throw – cricket bats, javelins, slingshots and stones. You don’t need to be a maths gun to realise the odds aren’t good.
Elizabeth might be a survivor, but if she wants to stay that way she’ll need to turn her troupe of talentless troopers into an elite fighting force… And fast.
The galaxy is on the brink of war and only four dysfunctional, hormone-driven teenagers from Earth stand in its way. God help us all.
It didn’t take Cooper long to come to the conclusion that space sucks. It seems everyone there despises humans, everything’s too far away and the travel makes you heave. Worse still, Cooper’s stuck there with his best mate, The Ginge – who can’t tell where games end and reality begins – and two other former classmates who want to beat the crap out of him.
Oh yeah, and people, well… alien people are trying to kill them.
Space does have some good points. The boys can have anything they wish for, all they have to do is ask it … or think it. Plus they are now, somehow, Earth’s leaders – as in, more important than the President of the USA.
If Cooper can only stop the other boys from gorging on their every desire, chasing the most human looking alien women and fighting each other, he might convince everyone that humans aren’t the galactic equivalent of white trash.
But things are about to get a whole lot worse. War looms and Cooper and his inept sidekicks are caught in the middle. They, the Earth and the Galaxy will never be the same again.
“I guess it was inevitable – the end of the world we know – the end of humanity.
Finding out early was a gift, surviving impact night was a miracle, living to tell the tale, well, that was the price I will pay, forever.
There’s no going back now.”
Award winning author*, Matt Pike, takes you on a journey to the end of the world and beyond, as told through the eyes of an Australian teenager, who records his experiences day by day in a survival diary. From the social chaos in suburban Adelaide in the lead-up, a night of total global catastrophe and the aftershocks as community and humanity crumble around him – the world changes forever. What’s left is a place where the conditions can kill you just as easily as the other survivors.
Everything our teenager relied upon for survival in the pre-disaster world falls apart – utilities, community, environment – the only things that can keep him alive are his resources and resourcefulness.
*2013 Global Ebook Awards: Gold Medal – Teen Literature Fiction for Kings of the WorldContinue reading →