The end of the world happened quickly. The sun still shone, there was no explosion - just a tsunami-sized wave of human thought drowning the world in telepathic noise as everyone's inner-most secrets became audible. Everyone's thoughts, that is, except sixteen-year-old Danby's.
Everyone looked like bad actors in a poorly dubbed movie. Their expressions didn't match their emotions and their lips didn't sync with what they were saying. But they were all so loud.
The end of the world happens in the blink of an eye.
When The Snap sweeps the globe, everyone can instantly hear everything that everyone else is thinking. As secrets and lies are laid bare, suburbs and cities explode into insanity and violence. What might have been an evolutionary leap instead initiates the apocalypse.
Sixteen-year-old Danby Armstrong's telepathy works very differently. She can tune into other people but they can't tune into her. With only this slender defence, Danby must protect her little brother and reach the safety of her mother's mountain retreat. But it's a hundred kilometres away and the highways are blocked by thousands of cars and surrounded by millions of people coming apart at the psychic seams.
Danby's escape is made even more dangerous by another cataclysm that threatens humanity's extinction. And her ability to survive this new world will be tested by a charismatic young man whose power to save lives may be worse than death itself.
'If you're looking for a great Australian YA read over summer, treat yourself to a copy of Michael Adams' post-apocalyptic page-turner, The Last Girl' Margot McGovern, reviewer for Australian Book Review
Michael Adams wanted to be a writer from age five, when he penned his first illustrated adventure story about flying sharks attacking a naval battleship. Since then he's worked for Empire, Rolling Stone, Men's Style and Yen magazines, written for your favourite soap operas and reality TV shows including Home And Away and Masterchef, co-hosted The Movie Show on SBS and wrote a book about this one time he spent a year watching bad movies.
Michael lives in the Blue Mountains, which, up close, are actually really green.
Young adult fiction
A & U Children
Paperback - B format
14 - 18
Young adult fiction