The year is 2075, and the vast majority of humanity is dead.
The global outbreak of a new strain of virus wiped out over 99% of the population. The lone hope rests on the slim, unready shoulders of Dr. Justin Kaes and a small team of specialists from the Center for Disease Control. The researchers have discovered a cure for the plague in the blood of a cantankerous 102 year old. But there's one minor problem: the old man couldn't care less whether humanity lives or dies. And he most certainly doesn't feel like going on a road trip to sunny California.
On the way to the coast lie murderous tribes, cults, voracious animals, and the toxic remains of civilization. They face a world gone backwards, technology and industry reduced to rusting garbage. Their mission seems doomed. But there are a few decent souls still out there, citizens of Plaguesville, USA.
Told from the points of view of different characters, Plaguesville is a dystopia set in 2075, after 99% of humanity has been wiped out by a new strain of virus. The only cure is in the blood of a 102-year-old man - unfortunately, Mr. Lampert is as crotchety as he is valuable, and he makes it very clear that he couldn't care less about the fate of humanity. Narrator Fleet Cooper's performance is measured and thoughtful, and, as researchers from the Center for Disease Control attempt to transport the reluctant Mr. Lampert to California, Cooper gives each character such a distinct voice that listeners will almost believe that an entire cast of actors is performing.
"LaVigne offers the reader an incredibly well-developed post-apocalyptic America that haunts the imagination well after the last page is turned." (Jessica Meigs, author of The Becoming)
"Imagine Fallout mixed with Doomsday and Mad Max but with the violence, intrigue, and horror on overdrive; boil it down and you have the best apocalyptic novel ever." (Eloise J. Knapp, author of The Undead Situation)
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