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Seventeen-year-old Adam and his parents are driving home to Rhode Island from a peace rally in Seattle when the accident happens. In a single, horrible moment, his parents are gone. And Adam is alone. In a speechless state of shock, Adam begins walking across the country, toward home. But he can't think in a straight line: The past and present merge in his thoughts, and the future's a blank. As flashes of memory come to him -- some wonderful, some violent -- he begins to wonder if he has truly lost everything.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 127 x 172.72 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • Simon Pulse
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • f-c cvr
  • 1416900535
  • 9781416900535
  • 1,326,668

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""Aftershock" is, above all, a ripping yarn in which intriguing things happen... a humane and entrancing storyteller whose tales can appeal to all ages."

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Rating details

222 ratings
3.59 out of 5 stars
5 24% (53)
4 32% (72)
3 28% (62)
2 10% (23)
1 5% (12)

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Life can completely change in a moment. Seventeen-year-old Adam\'s life changes the moment his family\'s car hits a deer on a back road in Idaho. He and his bookstore-owning, pacifist parents have traveled from Rhode Island for a peace vigil, but only Adam will be heading home. His parents die instantly leaving Adam helpless on the side of the road. In shock, Adam begins walking. His mind is spinning with past memories and present pain. His only constant, steady thought? To get home. This journey without any emotional and financial support would be challenging enough, but to complicate matters Adam finds he can\'t speak. Adam\'s journey is filled with dangerous situations, a few truly kind and generous people, and others out to make his life miserable. Through his exhaustion and hunger he continues to focus on the life he had in Rhode Island. Dreams of the family\'s bookstore, his girlfriend Mira, and even his irritating Aunt Margarite and her son, Joey, keep Adam heading toward hope and home. AFTERSHOCK is a tale of survival and the compelling human need to carry on even after heartbreaking tragedy. Adam\'s strength and courage will touch all who read his more
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