This story begins with a powerful prologue that gives you the story of the Reborn virus and why it was created. Dr. Mathew Hail is the bio-engineer responsible for creating Reborn and unleashing it on humanity. His desire for the virus is to give mankind their second chance: to allow them to rise from the ashes like a phoenix and be better than what they are now.
Reborn takes place in the first weeks of the deadly outbreak. A family of five is separated across the states. Clair and her two sons have to wait out the virus in Philadelphia. It's too dangerous in that populated city to venture out. Staying in your home and avoiding outside contact seems like it would be an easy task, yet Clair and her two sons find it difficult to keep the outside world from coming in. With gangs running rampant and an airborne virus wreaking havoc on the world, even staying in one place can be dangerous.
Beau and his daughter are in Tennessee coming off the Appalachian Trail when they see the effects of the virus. They'll have to get home before it's too late. They soon find out that a desert would be easier to cross to reach home than the roads they will have to travel.
From start to finish, this story never runs out of excitement. The minute Beau and Lily come off of the trail, the chaos has already taken hold. Laws seem to be something of the past, without anyone to enforce them. Without infrastructure supplying fuel and goods around the US, it becomes difficult to find the resources needed to travel home and stay alive. When laws crumble and resources dwindle, the scum of the Earth slip out from the shadows to live like kings.
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