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Why did God spare their family from the devastating pandemic? Though they can escape into the wilderness, can they escape each other and their pasts?
What if Death Forgot You?
Untouched by a global pandemic killing over 95% of the population, Samuel’s family fears a mutated virus and the people who have survived it. Is this apocalypse an act of God? They may escape into the wilderness to find a place of safety as civilization dies around them, but can they escape each other and their pasts?
Toils and Snares is a parallelequel to Cygnus award winner All Is Silence. It starts slightly before chronologically and ends a bit after, but it tells a smaller story with more details about the pandemic that caused Deserted Lands.
“Toils and Snares is a powerfully visceral and moving tale of a family’s intimate struggles to cope with the aftermath of a devastating worldwide plague. Robert L. Slater immediately engages us with the dangers of a post-collapse, lawless Pacific Northwest. Then he ups the ante by stripping bare the internal landscapes of wonderfully realized characters, as we share survivor’s guilt, parent/child resentments, and difficult joys on the path to heroically remaking a world for themselves and their children.” —Sara Stamey, award-winning science fiction author of The Ariadne Connection.