That's okay. He'll be back from the dead tomorrow.
You Only Live Once? Not here. Here the rules of life and death don't apply.
Whisked away from his home, his only friend and his mother's scrumptious eggs, 17-year-old outcast Zack finds himself a stranger in a strange land, surrounded by other teens from his world and many others, held hostage and thrust into barbaric games by an ancient species known only as the Ankhs.
The Ankhs are in their death throes and seek a "Spark" to survive. Zack and sixteen others just like him may possess it.
Along the way Zack develops a romance with the girl (in the solar system) next door, and they soon discover the Ankhs are not what they seem.
Billy "Shep" Shepard always thought the apocalypse would come from an asteroid with a funny name, or a super bug, or a nuclear war, or even Yellowstone blowing its top. It came from none of those things. Instead it came from an angry sun in the form of the biggest Coronal Mass Ejection mankind had ever seen - and it slapped the human race back a century.
Shep soon discovers that nothing in this new world is guaranteed. He and Antigone, a girl he rescues, are forced to take a perilous journey across an unyielding landscape toward the one place rumored to be unsullied by the disaster. Along the way they must overcome hunger, disease, desperation and death while running from a man who wants nothing more than vengeance.
The characters were believable and multiple-dimensional, which was refreshing. Quick read, and enjoyable."