An epic story of survival and betrayal for fans of Station Eleven and The Road.
Nico Storm and his father Willem drive a truck through a desolate land. They are among the few in South Africa to have survived a devastating virus that wiped out over 90 percent of the world’s population.
Willem, a thinker and a leader, has a vision for a new community rebuilt from the ruins of the old world. And so Amanzi is formed of a disparate group of survivors: there’s Melinda Swanevelder, rescued from brutal thugs; Hennie Flaai, with his vital Cessna plane; Beryl Fortuin, with her ragtag group of orphans; and Domingo, the man with the tattooed hand. And then there is Sofia Bergman, the most beautiful girl that Nico has ever seen.
As the community grows, so do the challenges it must face — not just from external attacks, but also from within. Nico’s strength and loyalty will be tested as he undergoes an extraordinary rite of passage in this dangerous new world.
DEON MEYER is the internationally acclaimed, bestselling, and prizewinning author of crime thrillers, both series and standalone. He won the Deutsche Krimi Preis 2009 for Blood Safari, Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière 2003 for Dead Before Dying and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique 2004 for Dead at Daybreak, which was adapted for an Afrikaans M-Net TV series (SA). Thirteen Hours was the winner of the Barry Award in the Best Thriller category 2011 and was shortlisted for the Macavity Best Mystery Novel Award. He has been shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger three times. Rights in his titles are sold in 30 territories and 28 languages and many of his books have been optioned for film. Dead Before Dying was filmed for a 6-part TV series, titled Cape Town, featuring his character Mat Joubert. He is constantly in demand for appearances at festivals and tours around the world.
"A thought-provoking, postapocalyptic examination of the human condition. . . . With its stunning final revelation, this is a remarkable literary achievement." Booklist
"Meyer neatly integrates a whodunit into a sophisticated postapocalyptic thriller set in South Africa. . . . Thoughtful character development complements the clever storytelling." Publishers Weekly