In a future that could be ours, Lizzie, a suicidal teen-age girl, barely navigates her own life. Then everything falls apart. In an apocalyptic land nearly deserted by disease, she lacks reasons to live until a shocking turn of events reveals a phone number. Her call pulls her dangerously cross-country to meet a stranger she thought was dead.
In a world where there is plenty of food, plenty of gas, plenty of space… fear, anger and a lust for power still control the patterns of human life.
"Hardly the familiar post-apocalyptic novel of zombie attacks and desperate efforts to rebuild civilization--a personal story of a scared girl and the survivors she finds in the ruins of her world. Lizzie is hard-edged and gritty, vulnerable and kind. Her personality is so compelling that she grabs you by the heart and pulls you along until it's three in the morning and the story's over and you just want to read more." ~ Don Sakers - Analog Science Fiction
Slater draws us into a familiar-yet-drastically-changed world and makes us care about his cranky, vulnerable, sometime-exasperating, always-engaging characters. His terrifyingly real dystopia reminds us that, really, the only choice for Lizzie, Zach, Nev, and all the rest of us, is to keep loving one another and find some way forward, even when our future is turned upside-down.
"All is Silence" by Robert L. Slater earned a 1st in Dystopian Category in the highly competitive Dante Rossetti 2013 Awards for Young Adult Fiction, a division of the Chanticleer Writing Competitions. Read the full review here: Edgy YA Apocalyptic Novel that is Terrifyingly Realistic. Great anti-Heroine!
"A post-apocalyptic world that is inwardly and outwardly consistent by paying attention to the details. Lizzie, the anti-hero is the tough chick with a heart of gold. She survives the pandemic apocalypse that wipes out 95 percent of the world's population [and] captures the reader by being so human that you can't help being sucked into her world.... like Rowling and Suzanne Collins, writes about young people, but engages a wider audience [in] what it is like to be young in this difficult world." ~ Christopher Key, Entertainment News NorthWest