I made a New Year's Resolution today. In 2012, I'm going to ROCK these book of the week segments.
This week, my book of the week wasn't written for teens, but I bought it and stocked it in our section anyway. The main character is 15 years old, so it fits I think.
This book takes place roughly 30 or so years after the zombie apocalypse. I'm really into zombie books right now, can you tell?
The main character is Temple, who is 15 years old and a drifter. Her parents are dead and she was taken in by a stranger after the child care center she was in was "eaten up by meatbags." She came to regard this stranger as a father and the boy who was also taken in by him as her brother. Unfortunately, the man is bitten by a zombie eventually and infected, leaving Temple and her "brother" with no place to call home.
Early in the book, Temple stumbles upon a community that is set up in some old skyscrapers and, while she doesn't feel totally comfortable there, she thinks it would be a great place to rest for a bit before getting back on the road. On her first night there, a drunk man, who had been leering at her for quite some time that evening, comes in her room and attempts to sexually assault her. He doesn't get anywhere with it, mainly because Temple is a warrior and ends up killing him, although it is completely accidental. The fact that it was accidental doesn't matter to the man's brother, however, who then sets off after Temple (who gets out of there as fast as she can after the incident) with the purpose of killing her.
This is basically the story of Temple running and the things that happen to her along the way in this really screwed up world.
There is some language and sex (although nothing I'd call explicit at all), so be warned.
This book is written so beautifully and it was a real pleasure to read. I enjoyed it immensely.