Paige Bowers was just another small town girl in a college town. She was going to classes and doing pretty well due to her study habits. She had an idea on what she wanted to be in life and is a focused student.
The big problem with being so focused is that you can miss the little things around you. You can miss the fact that the streets of your city are not busy. There are less people in class, and even the dorms. It is even worse when a professor in one of your classes must point this fact out to you as you maybe “there” but not fully there.
Paige does have enough sense to ask her teacher, Dr. Bales, about what his thoughts are regarding a flu virus everyone is being told to get. It appears that this year’s strain is even more dangerous as the government has been pushing everyone to get the shot. The problem for her is that she has parents that are a bit alarmist. Her mother, more than her father, is one to believe shots are not healthy. There are things in the shots that could harm a person, and she had kept Paige from getting many shots when she was still an infant. So, after a talk with her mom, there is no shot being taken by this young college student.
The one thing you must ask yourself is how you would react when a teacher tells you to purchase a few emergency supplies. I for one would question why, much like Paige and as you heed his words of wisdom you may find out you have been missing out on a large picture that has been developing all around you.
As that picture comes into focus you will find power outages, people panicking and rushing stores and gas stations. The dorms are nearly empty and worst that phones are nearly useless and everyone is being told to stay indoors. If you are fortunate, you know of a small shop and will be able to get some of the supplies others are rushing to large stores for. It may also help that you have parents who have been hoarding and have prepped you for the worst case scenario and you have a bug out bag ready. Why is this all helpful? Well as you read LC Mortimer’s book The Dead of Night you will find that Paige had missed quite a bit and will have to face a new world.
The book takes the reader into a realm where death is nearly unavailable, panic is the root of disaster, and humanity is its own worst enemy. It’s a story that will bring the reader into a well-developed world and the mind of a young woman just trying to get home. It will not be easy as major roads are sure to be cluttered with people running for their lives. Supplies will run short at stores and vandalism and crime will become critical to stay alive for humanity. It’s how Paige deals with all of this that is the forefront of the book.
L.C. Mortimer does a great job of bring the reader into this girls world, and what it encompasses. You will live through her eyes as she travels and wonder if you’d make the right choice. Could you leave others to escape, or try to save them? What if they don’t listen? What if you are too tired to go and just need to sleep? How do you face others you meet?
All of these questions will be asked as one reads the book. It’s a book that makes great use of the surroundings that are established within the pages. A book that will keep you interested and keep you reading. Simply a book that is sans zombies but you find out there are monsters in the world, and they also walk on two feet.