My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
The past six years of Eli’s life have been spent underground. The compound that his super-rich father built in order to protect his family in case of a nuclear attack saved their lives… most of them, anyway. Eli’s grandmother and twin brother were lost that night in the panicked rush to the hatch. He lives with regret, and the haunting suspicion that the better brother is the one that died.
The rambling compound has everything they need, but the family struggles to keep their connections strong. Eli’s father spends most of his time in his office, the door locked securely behind him. Eli’s mother tries to put a good face on everything, even though her continued pregnancies drain her energy. Eli has always kept his distance from his siblings that were born after the hatch shut behind them. He knows well enough that they’re not even supposed to have names, especially considering what the contingency plan for them is if the hatch food supply runs low.
When Eli’s laptop picks up a wireless connection one day outside of his father’s office, he has to wonder where it could be coming from. If everything outside the compound has been destroyed, it shouldn’t exist… and neither should the instant message he’s getting from people he knows are dead.
At least, that’s what his father told him.