Amelie is happy with her life. She has a predictable pattern of school, family and playing her beloved piano. Her best friend Zack lives next door and is always trying to get her to come a little more out of her shell by doing things like going to assemblies at school. She has just started a new job that she thinks she will love working for musician Ryan Cook. But things change in an instant when the power mysteriously goes out all across the country. At first, it seems like a normal power outage, but soon everyone in the small town of Zillah, Washington realizes that the power is out everywhere and the nuclear facility is not far enough away for comfort. To make matters worse Amelie's father is away on business for the Church and no one knows where he is. The leaders of Amelie's stake call everyone together to let them know that they are going to be as the pioneers and walk to Salt Lake City, there's no cars because of an EMP that took out all the computers in newer cars and there's been a rash of stolen gas in the area that makes taking all of the people of the stake in older cars impossible. But Amelie's leg hasn't worked right since she was run over as a child and she wonders just how she is going to walk all the way to Salt Lake City. The way will be filled with danger for Amelie, her family, stake and Zack, but if they have faith they can survive. Do they have enough faith?
I really enjoyed this book, I loved Amelie's view of what had happened. I enjoyed the plot, I wondered as I was reading this book just how I would have felt in Amelie's position. I don't think that I would have been as uncomplaining as she and her family were. I love it when a book's plot makes you think about your own life and how you would deal with a similar situation, it makes the book seem all the more real to you.
Labels: LDS fiction, Margot Hovley