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Elle Otero
The Road
Elle Otero, author
By October, the HORPOV-25 viral pandemic killed a third of the world’s population. In California, the remaining citizens have been evacuated or terminated by the nuclear bombs dropped on the cities to cull the infected. Those who remain have gone underground, like April Shaw. But she isn’t in a bunker by choice. She’s been held for months as a captive of the man who once claimed to love her. But now she has a chance to escape and complete the mission that began the day she refused to evacuate: to find the son she placed for adoption a decade ago. Warren Robertson was a prepper before the pandemic, and now he’s the last holdout in his gated community. He’s built an urban homestead--a prepper’s paradise--and he hasn’t seen another soul in months... until April crashes into his world. Faced with the harsh reality of life on the road in the ruins of the Central Valley, will April ever find the son she gave away? And will Warren be able to move on with his life after the loss of everyone he ever loved? A direct sequel to both The Boat and The Grave, The Road is another thrilling, post-apocalyptic installment in the IN CAVES AND CATACOMBS series by author Elle Otero. As the next installment in a new story-telling format, The Road is a self-contained novella that furthers the overall story in the same post-pandemic universe. Readers are calling The Road a “fast-paced”, “compelling”, “hard to put down” novella that “packs a punch”. Fans of the Edge of Collapse series by Kyla Stone, Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, California by Edan Lepucki, and Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant will appreciate Otero’s take on the dystopian world of The Road.