A gripping YA novel about two strangers struggling to survive a massive California earthquake
When a magnitude 7.8 earthquake hits California, Ruby is trapped in a laundromat with Charlie, a boy she had her first conversation with only moments before. She can’t see anything beyond the rubble that she’s trapped beneath, but she’s sure someone will come save them soon. As the hours and days tick by, Ruby and Charlie struggle to stay hopeful—and stay alive. Ruby has only Charlie’s voice and her memories to find the hope to keep holding on. Will the two make it out alive? And if they do, what will they have lost to the earthquake? Riveting, tense, and emotionally complex, Aftershocks weaves together the terror and hope of a catastrophic event while showing the ways that disasters can change and unite us.
About the Author
Marisa Reichardt was born and raised in Southern California. Her debut novel, Underwater, was an Indies Introduce New Voices pick and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. She lives in Los Angeles with her family, and can usually be found huddled over her laptop in a coffeehouse or swimming in the ocean.
"This is a thrilling, provocative, and empowering look at fighting for survival while remembering the important things in life, like friendship, family, and love."
"This is an inspiring and complex survival story that examines self-doubt, addiction, loss, love, and the human condition."
— School Library Journal
"The accounts of the quake and its immediate aftermath and the relationship that develops between Ruby and Charlie are immediate, visceral, and compelling."
— Kirkus Reviews