Think of Han Solo in Cormac McCarthy's "The Road." Shouldn't be too hard. Now take that character and pretend he's trying to survive in a zombie-infested North America. Good? Now add airborne helium-lofted cities, zeppelins, blimps, and gangs of raiders. Ever since the "Bug" got out turning people into "ferals" you can't be too careful -- so to the sky we few survivors go!

While "Falling Sky" ends on a maddening cliff-hanger, the pacing, dialogue, characters, world-building, voice and sarcasm more than make up for the tease. For a slim volume, this gritty, post-apocalyptic story really had my attention. I flipped pages so fast I got paper cuts. It was a fun, delicious, cotton candy type of ride. It's begging to be made into a summer popcorn-flick produced by Robert Kirkman of "Walking Dead" fame.

 

Recommended by Matthew Lowder

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