First came a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility that unleashed the product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gave way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned... read more
The story is enthralling: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes a monstrous product of a military experiment and after a chaotic night characterised by a real massacre, a new world is born and it is completely altered. For the survivors, there is nothing else to do... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
The story is enthralling: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes a monstrous product of a military experiment and after a chaotic night characterised by a real massacre, a new world is born and it is completely altered. For the survivors, there is nothing else to do but fight for their lives and against their fears and almost hopeless fate.
“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”
“To die. That is why we live, to die.”Brad Wolgast
“Like the idea of time was inside him, in each cell of his body, and time wasn't an ocean, like somebody had told him once, but a million tiny wicks of flame that would never be extinguished.”
“Grief was a place, Sara understood, where a person went alone. It was like a room without doors, and what happened in that room, all the anger and the pain you felt, was meant to stay there, nobody’s business but yours.”
“The memories poured through her like water. Of a house in the snow and a lake and a carousel wtih lights and the feel of his big hand wrapping her own on a night when they soared together beneath the eaves of heaven.”
Grief was a place, Sara understood, where a person went alone. It was like a room without doors, and what happened in that room, all the anger and the pain you felt, was meant to stay there, nobody’s business but yours.Highlighted by 455 Kindle customers
So perhaps the greatest worry of all was that one day you would realize that all the worries of your life amounted to one thing: the desire to just stop worrying.Highlighted by 341 Kindle customers
A baby wasn’t an idea, as love was an idea. A baby was a fact. It was a being with a mind and a nature, and you could feel about it any way you liked, but a baby wouldn’t care. Just by existing, it demanded that you believe in a future: the future it would crawl in, walk in, live in. A baby was a piece of time; it was a promise you made that the world made back to you. A baby was the oldest deal there was, to go on living.Highlighted by 286 Kindle customers
All those years, waiting for the Army, and it turns out the Army is us.Highlighted by 178 Kindle customers
Before she became the Girl from Nowhere—the One Who Walked In, the First and Last and Only, who lived a thousand years—she was just a little girl in Iowa, named Amy. Amy Harper Bellafonte.Highlighted by 158 Kindle customers
It was what you did, Wolgast understood; you started to tell a story about who you were, and soon enough the lies were all you had and you became that person.Highlighted by 139 Kindle customers
It would be fought in the name of Allah or Kurdish nationalism or Jews for Jesus or the New York Yankees—the subjects hadn’t changed, they never would, all coming down, after you’d boiled away the bullshit, to somebody’s quarterly earnings report and who got to sit where—but now the war was everywhere, metastasizing like a million maniac cells run amok across the planet, and everyone was in it.Highlighted by 137 Kindle customers
What were the living dead, Wolgast thought, but a metaphor for the misbegotten march of middle age? It was possible, he understood, for a person’s life to become just a long series of mistakes, and that the end, when it came, was just one more instance in a chain of bad choices. The thing was, most of these mistakes were actually borrowed from other people. You took their bad ideas and, for whatever reason, made them your own.Highlighted by 129 Kindle customers
Courage is easy, when the alternative is getting killed. It’s hope that’s hard.Highlighted by 114 Kindle customers
Part II - The Year of Zero Chapter Fifteen Chapter Sixteen Chapter Seventeen Part III - The Last CityHighlighted by 52 Kindle customers
Followed by The Twelve.
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