The world has been dead for 10 years. Sam has spent more than half of his life fighting to stay alive and now has a chance to be a normal eighteen-year-old. He’s settled behind the steel walls of Mt. Smoke with the love of his life, Felicity, by his side and his jealous older brother more than six-hundred miles away. But two flesh hungry Infected stumble into the local bar just as Sam is trying to convince someone to pour him a drink. The thing is, there shouldn’t be any Infected inside the walls. There can’t be.
Before Sam and Felicity can find any answers, someone blows a hole in the steel wall protecting the city, letting the Infected back in. Sam survives the carnage but Felicity doesn’t. A military team from a nearby city rescues Sam and asks for his help. This isn’t the first attack on a protected city and they know who is behind them - his brother, Wesley.
Wesley is leading a group of Infected who are somehow able to remain human, and the military wants to know how. Sam can’t understand why his brother would let innocent people die, like Felicity, so he joins this military team to stop him from destroying what’s left of the already dead world.
But things change when Sam gets too close to an Infected and it’s dirty teeth sinks into his arm. He’s infected and he’s on borrowed time. It matters now, more than ever to find his brother to stop him and find out how to stop the infection from killing him.
Everything Samson wants is in Mt. Smoke. Felicity, the girl he loves all to himself? Check. Moonshine? If he can convince someone to give him some then check. His older brother, Wesley, more than 600 miles away? Check. And a steel wall to keep the Infected out? Check. Samson’s quasi-normal life comes to a quick end when rebels attack the protective wall, letting the Infected back inside Mt. Smoke. He survives the carnage, rescued by a small military team. They were watching him. They had eyes on him because his brother, Wesley is leading the rebels. But they aren’t just rebels. They’re a group of Infected who can keep themselves human and their goal appears simple: rebuilding the world, with the living back on top. Samson wants to be done fighting . He wants to finally be just a teenager and mourn the loss of Felicity. Sam knows the only way that life will be possible is by finding his brother and stopping him from destroying what’s left of the world. It doesn’t matter than anyone could be this new kind of Infected, right? To make things more complicated - the rebels are looking for something inside the walls. People who are immune to the virus that destroyed the world and Samson might just be one of them. THIS DEAD WORLD, a YA dystopian novel is complete at 85,000 words.