A novella set in the world of Newsflesh. The Rising took place years ago but still we are struggling to find ways to keep ourselves, and most importantly, our children safe while still allowing for social interaction. It's a fine line and one where it is all too easy to make mistakes. In this case, a teacher is doing what she can when everything that is put in place to protect her and the children in her care goes absolutely wrong.
This was a hard one and I knew that going in. I'm a parent and have a child only slightly older than the main ones in this book and it was so easy to see what was going to happen. It's the only thing that kept me able to read it was reminding myself over and over again that a) zombie apocalypse has not happened yet and b) my kids are homeschooled anyway so they wouldn't be in that exact situation. Honestly, if you are a parent of young children with a good imagination, don't read this one especially before bed. It's heart-wrenching. At the same time however, it also outlines and mirrors what is going on in our society with how we want our teachers to put their lives on the line to save our children in the event of emergency but we are also quick to condemn them in any situation where something went horribly wrong despite all the precautions being taken that could.
While the events in this take place before Feed, there are conversations between characters in the commentary that indicate it is being written after the events of Blackout so do not read this before that as there are spoilers in that commentary.
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