Keno is surviving the aftermath of an EMP, still reeling from the pregnancy-related death of his sister—until his soulmate Alma gets pregnant as well, and he must face the real possibility of losing her, too.
After the sun zapped half the planet with an electromagnetic pulse and fried everything modern, life for eighteen-year-old Keno Simms has been a desperate existence. Most adults in his family haven’t come home, and it’s been ten months. Keno grapples with grief and rallies his remaining family and neighbors. Together they search for vital life-giving water and farm their once-suburban Texas subdivision, all while fending off starving intruders. Only his love of Alma gives him the will to carry on.
Keno has been the de facto head of his family since his grandmother suffered a stroke. But when his missing family members return, headed by his volatile grandfather, a power struggle ensues. Though Keno knows they need to share and work with neighbors to stay alive, Grandpa’s too damned selfish to get it, brandishing guns at the mere mention of sharing a thing.
People are sick with no medical care. Heat and storms kill crops; intruders grow more threatening. Despite his fear and heartbreak, Keno must summon his courage to lead his family forward. If he can’t protect Alma and their unborn child, it will be the end of Keno’s world.
IF THE LIGHT SHOULD COME is a stand-alone adult speculative fiction novel with series potential. The book has similarities to Mindy McGinnis’s NOT A DROP TO DRINK and Susan Beth Pfeffer’s LIFE AS WE KNEW IT, but it’s told in the voice of a heroic teen who’s forced into manhood too soon.