Debut novelist Corlett makes the most of the correlations between physical distances and emotional distances in her tale of the choices made by the tiny tiny remnants of the human species (0.001 percent survival rate) following an interplanetary plague. While Jamie Allenby sought a job on a sparsely-populated frontier planet to create space to recover from a difficult romantic relationship and miscarriage, she is still pleased to discover she is not the sole survivor on her planet. Compelled by a promise to her ex, Jamie embarks on a journey back to Earth, discovering truths both about herself and about the origins of the plague in the process. A thoughtful examination about the dangers of getting what one wishes for.
A Recommended Summer Read from The Verge and io9
A Recommended June Read from Hello Giggles and Tor.com
When the world ends, where will you go?
In a breathtakingly vivid and emotionally gripping debut novel, one woman must confront the emptiness in the universe--and in her own heart--when a devastating virus reduces most of humanity to dust and memories.
All Jamie Allenby ever wanted was space. Even though she wasn't forced to emigrate from Earth, she willingly left the overpopulated, claustrophobic planet. And when a long relationship devolved into silence and suffocating sadness, she found work on a frontier world on the edges of civilization. Then the virus hit...
Now Jamie finds herself dreadfully alone, with all that's left of the dead. Until a garbled message from Earth gives her hope that someone from her past might still be alive.
Soon Jamie finds other survivors, and their ragtag group will travel through the vast reaches of space, drawn to the promise of a new beginning on Earth. But their dream will pit them against those desperately clinging to the old ways. And Jamie's own journey home will help her close the distance between who she has become and who she is meant to be...