What if you had no choice?
The morning after witnessing a spectacular meteorite shower, Cory Shembo and his girlfriend Lana didn’t expect to wake up immortal.
News bulletins claim the meteorites have released a chemical compound called ATHENS which has caused mutations in the human race. The twisted outcome has left people unable to die but with an increased sensitivity to pain.
Now with the majority of food supplies contaminated, and the rich controlling what little is left, the desperate young couple are force to go on merciless food raids just to stave off the pain.
During which they accidentally discover a secret government device and find themselves caught up in a diabolical plot to control the future of humanity.
Realizing that there is more to ATHENS than what they were led to believe; Cory and Lana set out on a crusade to uncover the truth. Their journey will lead them into the darkest depths of humanity. If they can follow the trail, they may be able to find some answers. But will the cost of knowing the truth be too much?
The story is centered around three survivors of a meteorite shower who, like the rest of the human race, have experienced immortality as a side effect from the disaster. Not only are they immortal, but pain is heightened in this new reality. We learn that the characters have lost their last days in a kind of amnesia scenario, and this is when the novel really starts to pick up.
It isn't long before we realise there is much more to this story than the meteorite shower from the opening pages, and the introduction of a new character throws our main three right into the hand of the truth, whether they like it or not.
The introduction of the government involvement, and the new found knowledge about ATHENS, the chemical compound that has rendered the human race immortal, there is quite a bit of world building that happens. Contaminated food and undrinkable water become the crux for desperation and an escape from the pain.
Although I enjoyed the interesting twist in the plot, there was just something missing. The characters need a little more refining for me to pine after them. Like I said, there was enough detail in the words to draw the reader in and make the food and water deprivation understandably devastating, however I would have liked more from the characters themselves. Perhaps I'm just a sucker for a character I can fall in love with, however I do believe these protagonists do have something them that we can grow to love.
As most modern post apocalyptic novels, this is only the first installment, and I'm looking forward to the next. This story has a hell of a lot of promise and is a great start to my 2016 reads.