Disaster's Children

Disaster's Children : A Novel

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As the world dies, a woman must choose between her own survival and that of humankind.

Raised in a privileged community of wealthy survivalists on an idyllic, self-sustaining Oregon ranch, Marlo has always been insulated. The outside world, which the ranchers call "the Disaster," is a casualty of ravaging climate change, a troubled landscape on the brink of catastrophe. For as long as Marlo can remember, the unknown that lies beyond the borders of her utopia has been a curious obsession. But just as she plans her escape into the chaos of the real world, a charismatic new resident gives her a compelling reason to stay. And, soon enough, a reason to doubt--and to fear--his intentions.

Now, feeling more and more trapped in a paradise that's become a prison, Marlo has a choice: stay in the only home she's ever known--or break away, taking its secrets of survival with her.

Set in a chillingly possible, very near future, Disaster's Children is a provocative debut novel about holding on to what we know and letting go of it for the unknown and the unknowable.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 137.16 x 208.28 x 22.86mm | 299.37g
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • 1542004071
  • 9781542004077
  • 3,501,883

Review quote

"In this, her debut novel, Sloley masterfully weaves together the tropes of dystopia, romance, and mystery...with so many questions left unanswered, this dystopia is ripe for a sequel." --Kirkus Reviews

"Sloley's debut showcases her well-crafted writing style and character development, and readers will be clamoring for a follow-up. This timely dystopian novel is written as a warning from the future and will be of interest to readers concerned for the climate of our planet." --Booklist

"An interesting take on the dystopian novel where characters have been prepping for the end of the world. It touches on socioeconomics and who 'deserves' to survive the apocalypse. Sloley's novel falls in line with the likes of Station Eleven and has a lot of sci-fi crossover appeal." --Debutiful
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191 ratings
3.16 out of 5 stars
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4 24% (45)
3 43% (83)
2 18% (35)
1 5% (9)
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