"A pre-apocalyptic drama that lies at the intersection of belief and disbelief. This harrowing but hopeful read will stay with me for a while."
A rogue planet is about to destroy Earth. The last evacuation ships have gone, leaving billions of people knowing the exact date and time of their demise. Violence is spreading. Food is disappearing. There's one month left.
Thane Ryder turned down a seat on a spaceship to stay with his six-year-old daughter Mandy, and he intends to make her final days happy. He'll stay in his home and refuse protection. He'll feed his enemies and treat them like friends. He'll plant a garden, clean the house, and teach Mandy to ride a bicycle. He won't pick up a gun or show any of the fear gnawing away at his insides.
And if keeping his daughter from feeling that fear means building a spaceship out of an old freezer, he'll do that too. If she sees the lie in his eyes, maybe he'll even learn to believe the impossible: that their crude spaceship will work, that it will carry them away to find Mommy, who left to pilot the first evacuation ship.
Whatever it takes to hide the fear. It's only for a month.