322 years after the apocalypse, life as we knew it is demolished. Everything we've ever known, and everyone we've ever loved is gone. In fact, anything beyond the island is a mystery. Who knows what lurks on the mainland? Is it possible whatever wiped out humanity is still there, waiting for new victims to annihilate? Is there still a lingering virus that threatens to latch itself onto any living life form? Are there enormous beasts that rule the mainland and attack anyone who steps foot on their land?
No one knows. All we know is that the island--our island is safe, and no one dares to leave it.
No one, except Ashley and Mason.
Ashley has stumbled across a secret of the island that will cause her more harm than good, because this secret shines a different light on the island's blessed elders...and not a positive light.
Mason has been sentenced to death after being accused of murdering Ashley's ex-husband. After some thought, the elders figure that sending Mason off the island in search of a better life on the mainland may be a quicker way of sentencing him to his own death.
Together, Ashley and Mason head off into the unknown in search of life, but what they find may be worse than they ever imagined...
This book was incredible. Here I am, putting huge emphasis on the word incredible, because this book absolutely blew my mind. The Dead Room by Stephanie Erickson took me no more than two days to read, but I honestly would have given anything to have it last longer. The moment I finished it, I longed for more. (The only comfort I have that made this pain easier to take was knowing that there's a second book coming out next year.)
The Dead Room had me gripping its pages so intensely, I'm almost positive I have permanent creases on the edge of my book from holding it too tightly.
As of now, I have read everything Ms Erickson has published, and after a full examination of each book (obsessively reading and ignoring the world around me so I can delve deeper into her stories), I can honestly say that I think Stephanie Erickson's writing and stories are getting better.
Her writing is like a fine wine; it only gets better with age. The more she writes, and the more of her stories you read, the more you fall in love with her work.
Ms Erickson's books are indescribable. Her plots are so extraordinarily unique because she writes books that readers like me are dying to read. She has discovered a new corner of literature like an explorer coming across a cave full of diamonds.
If you have not yet read a book by Stephanie Erickson, you are most certainly missing out.