The lights and the water are off and the citizens don’t know why. It has made times hard and many people are desperate for just the necessities. Obtaining clean water and fresh food is difficult. Living daily life has become dangerous; everyone is fighting for these resources. Best friends, Arden and John trek to his family home, but take a dangerous turn. When John’s older brother rescues them, he is less than pleased with Arden.
The sibling communication was fun and complex at the same time. John, Gabriel, and Maggie getting along and working through their issues was interesting to see. Arden was a fun addition. Having a new person come into a household and bond with a family they do not know and learn to fit in and communicate as well. Also with the element of pondering loved ones well-being and each character finding their own balance of sadness and distraction.
The relationship between Arden and Gabriel was paced just right. It was not so fast that it was unbelievable. It went from dislike, to uncomfortable, to confusion, before they started realizing that they really liked each other and had something special.
Arden Highmore is majorly cynical, but even she wouldn’t have predicted the end of the world–or at least the world as she knew it. One winter day, everything modern society has grown to rely on–electricity, cell phones, and, unfortunately, plumbing—stops working. Arden and her best friend John flee to his family’s cabin near the Canadian border. On the way there, they’re assaulted by scavengers, but saved by John’s hot brother Gabriel, who takes an instant dislike to Arden.
The duo think they’ve finally found refuge at the Seong’s cabin, but things aren’t quite as peaceful as they seem: John’s parents are missing. Maggie, their teenage sister, resents Gabriel for treating her like a child. No one knows what, exactly, is going on in the outside world, and in the midst of all that, Arden and Gabriel are finding that there’s a thin line indeed between love and hate.