Day 94 by D.M. Slate
Imagine a giant meteor streaking towards earth, and the government tells you you’ve nothing to fear. They’ve launched a missile to collide with the massive rock formation and break it into smaller pieces. Although one large chunk remains intact, scientists predict that biggest section will break up before entering the ozone and cause nothing more than a shower of stones. Don’t believe everything you hear—that’s the message the novella, Day 94, by D.M. Slate delivers.
Although a work of fiction, this story is guaranteed to make you shiver because it smacks too much of reality. We have no idea what the future holds, and are ignorant of the perils lurking in the vastness of outer space. In Day 94, the heroine keeps a journal, documenting her family’s nightmare and tracking the number of days they’re confined to their home for survival’s sake. Lack of food, water, sporadic electricity, and the fear of breathing the outside air is so vividly played out, you may have to take a break for a drink or a snack to assure yourself you aren’t a character in the book.
The family exhausts their supply of wood before turning to burning fences and furniture, all the while avoiding the toxic fumes of the latter as flames gnaw at varnished wood. They pass time, peeping through their barricaded windows, watching the neighbors endure various stages of the zombie-like disease unlashed by the meteor, numbering the casualties they’ve dubbed “morphs.”
You will overwhelmingly sense the mother’s need to protect her young children as you would your own, and when Grant, the father, must finally venture out to secure sustenance for his family, you’ll silently beg him not to go, thought know that he must. Honestly, D.M. Slate has penned an awesome tale that will leave you with the scary thought that this is perhaps not just a fictional story. Kudos to the author for leaving this reader breathless too many times. I doubt you’ll be able to put this one down. You can purchase a download at Eternal Press.
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