If The Light Escapes
will be published by SFK Press
on August 24, 2021
A sequel to IF DARKNESS TAKES US
The northern lights started two weeks ago in Texas—three thousand miles closer to the equator than where they belong—and there’s no freaking rest in this apocalypse for eighteen-year-old Keno Simms.
Thirteen months back, a solar electromagnetic pulse fried the U.S. grid and took the cars, phones, and running water down with it. Keno’s still reeling after his pregnant sister died from a tragic accident, and his mother blames him. Water is scarce, his beloved Nana is ill, his Grandpa’s always brandishing weapons, and their lives depend on farming their Austin subdivision in a drought.
Keno’s one solace is his love for Alma, who shares similar sorrows, but then he gets her pregnant and vows to keep her alive if he has to die to do it. Yet desperate outsiders and Nature itself seem to be conspiring against him.
Despite his growing dread, Keno rallies his broken family and his neighbors to drive off starving thieves and more sinister intruders. He must wrestle with his conscience to defend his loved ones from an existential threat looming too close to home. If he can’t protect Alma and their unborn child, it will be the end of Keno’s world.
IF THE LIGHT ESCAPES is post-apocalyptic science fiction set in a near-future reality, a coming-of-age story told in the voice of a heroic teen who’s forced into manhood too soon.