by Jeff Carlson
Cover Artist: Eric Williams
Review by Harriet Klausner
Ace Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780441016174
Date: 29 July 2008 List Price $7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
It has been fourteen months since a nano-plague was released on mankind; billions have died as the bug eats away at organic matter at elevations below 10,000 feet. These machines fail above that altitude due to the freezing conditions. Cities are in ruins and anything still living below the line of demarcation is fodder for the nanotech killing machines. From official release/information:
Product Description: Earth has been ravaged by the machine plague, a nontech virus that exterminates all warm-blooded organisms below altitudes of 10,000 feet. The remnants of humanity cling to life on isolated mountain peaks around the world.
Nanotech researcher Ruth Goldman has developed a vaccine with the potential to inoculate the world's survivors against the plague, but the fractured U.S. Government will stop at nothing to keep it for itself. Determined to share the cure, Ruth and Cam Najarro, a man who lived through the aftermath of the plague at great personal cost, must brave the devastated wasteland America has become.
Together, they begin a cross-country odyssey during which they will encounter both the best and the worst in human nature -- unaware that an even greater threat is poised to strike...