In a weird way, I definitely could relate to the main character, Jinx. I grew up in a household where we saved everything, as if in preparation for the apocalypse ourselves. We had so many canned goods and paper products, it lined the basement walls. However, there’s no way I could have done what Jinx did.
Jinx is the type of unselfish character who plows forward despite the unknown. And I love that! Her motivation carries through and each chapter stacks more tension. She grew up prepared for survival, yet when she’s forced to survive, she tries her best to protect herself and her siblings. The whole saying, “this is not a drill,” is very prevalent and we see how Jinx isn’t perfect, but has compassion and nerves to keep running to find the right path to safety.
This story offers an unsettling political system with real aspects in the sense that this could happen one day. Eek! I’m not a regular fan of political stories, but I enjoyed the family dynamics and would consider this more of an adventure thriller with political elements. However, I didn’t see the ending coming at all and it really sets us up for the second book!
This is the first book in a duology and the second book, DAY ONE, comes out December 1, 2020. And I can’t wait!!
About the story:
If you’re going through hell…keep going.
Seventeen-year-old coder Jinx Marshall grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. She’s an expert on self-heating meal rations, Krav Maga and extracting water from a barrel cactus. Now that her parents are divorced, she’s ready to relax. Her big plans include making it to level 99 in her favorite MMORPG and spending the weekend with her new hunky stepbrother, Toby.
But all that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building. Stuck leading her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles, to safety, Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.
In a desperate attempt to evade paramilitary forces and vigilantes, Jinx and her siblings find Toby and make a break for Mexico. With seemingly the whole world working against them, they’ve got to get along and search for the truth about the attacks—and about each other. But if they can survive, will there be anything left worth surviving for?