Books have taught me more about love and loss than real life ever has. You get attached to the plot line, the characters, the emotions. A book is that good friend you get in life, you really understand that friend and never want to lose it. But there comes a time when their story is done and you have to move on. You have to put down the book and accept the ending. You’ll love the book or hate the book or not feel too indifferent about it, but you’ll always remember not. Maybe not all the characters or all the plots lines, but you’ll remember the bits and pieces that moved you, hurt you, healed you. You’ll remember. But you have to let that book go and move on to another book and get attached again just to let it go.
Books are some of the best friends I’ve ever had.
To fear is human…
In the wake of a devastating biological disaster, the United States east of the Mississippi River has been abandoned. Now called the Feral Zone, a reference to the virus that turned millions of people into bloodthirsty savages, the entire area is off-limits. The punishment for violating the border is death.
Lane McEvoy can’t imagine why anyone would risk it. She’s grown up in the shadow of the great wall separating east from west, and she’s curious about what on the other side — but she’s not that curious. Life in the West is safe, comfortable…just how she likes it.
But Lane gets the shock of her life when she learns that someone close to her has crossed into the Feral Zone. And she has little choice but to follow. Lane travels east, completely unprepared for what she finds in the ruins of civilization…and afraid to learn whether her humanity will prove her greatest strength or a fatal weakness.
Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground, and nothing keeps the corowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery lurking in the shadows.
At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.
But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible. Nat’s only shot is to bet on the ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this tale of the evil some men do and the awesome power within us all.