- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 464 pages
- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1 edition (May 4, 2010)
It's been seven months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.
It happens in one night. A girl who died now walks among the living; Zil and the Human Crew set fire to Perdido Beach; and amid the flames and smoke, Sam sees the figure of the boy he fears the most: Drake. But Drake is dead. Sam and Caine defeated him along with the Darkness—or so they thought.
As Perdido Beach burns, battles rage: Astrid against the Town Council; the Human Crew versus the mutants; and Sam against Drake, who is back from the dead and ready to finish where he and Sam left off. And all the while deadly rumors are raging like the fire itself, spread by the prophetess Orsay and her companion, Nerezza. They say that death is a way to escape the FAYZ. Conditions are worse than ever and kids are desperate to get out. But are they desperate enough to believe that death will set them free?
So far this book has been my favorite in the series. My opinion on quite a few characters has changed. I still really like Sam, I really just wanted to give him a hug through most of this book. I was never a big fan of Astrid but this book sealed the deal for me, She came off as such a manipulative person in this book. Diana surprised me, she seemed so lost and then putting herself on the line to help a bunch of kids she really didn't know, I was pleasantly surprised. I also really feel for Lana, how much can one girl deal with? Really give this poor girl a break! I can't stand Zil! Ugh he makes me angry. I can't wait to start Plague and see where this is going. I am very glad that I started this series. I'm giving this book 4 stars.