Juliette Lewis is going nowhere fast. Responsible for the care of her disabled mom, she faces a life of working at Save ‘N Shop and stalking Gale Williams, a hunky movie star, on Twitter. While all of her friends are getting ready for college, she’s memorizing produce codes.
Her future changes when an asteroid hits her campsite and she finds an alien rune in the wreckage. Two days later, everyone on Earth disappears. But, she’s not alone. Besides the pale beings stalking her, there’s one person who survived, and it’s the last person she’d expect--Gale Williams.
Together they have to save the Earth before humans become a lost memory. But, can she hide her secret infatuation? Will she give up her dream guy to save the world?
Someone at the other end of the party screamed, and my stomach turned to ice. It wasn’t an I’m-having-fun scream like on a roller coaster. It was more like the screams in horror movies before everyone died a horrible death.
Mike shouted profanities and pointed to the horizon.
“Holey friggin’ moley.” Hailey’s mouth dropped open.
I followed her gaze to the sky above the bonfire. One of the stars plummeted toward Earth, trailing cosmic dust. The falling star glowed red orange, turning into a fireball as it burned through the atmosphere. It grew to the size of my fist then the size of my head.
A weird part of my subconscious reminded me to make a wish. The falling star grew larger, and I realized it wasn’t a star at all. It was an asteroid. An epic, Herculean one.
“Get up!” I stood and tugged on Hailey’s sleeve as she toppled over, drunk. “It’s headed right for us.”
Chaos broke out as everyone scrambled. I pulled Hailey into the forest. She stumbled, weaving like she didn’t know why we couldn’t stay by the warm fire. I caught her and dragged her behind me.
Branches slashed my face as Hailey cursed behind me. I tripped and skinned my knee on a boulder, and pain seared my leg. I clutched my calf as a thunderous rumble roared above us. Heat scorched the forest, burning my skin. Fear welled up inside me. What if I die? Who’s going to take care of my mom?
Seconds later, a tremor knocked us to the ground. My face hit the dirt path, and pine needles pricked my cheeks as I buried my head in the pine needles and dirt and held my breath.
Silence rang in my ears, and I gasped. The temperature seemed to rise ten degrees. Was I still alive?
I picked my head up slowly, examining the reddened skin on the backs of my hands. I glanced over at Hailey. While my face had hit the ground, hers had turned toward the sky. Her forehead and cheeks were swollen and red. I crawled over to her and smoothed her blonde hair. My fingers shook. So much could change in a heartbeat. If we’d stayed for ten more seconds, we’d both be dead. “Are you all right?”
She opened her mouth, but I couldn’t make out what she said. The explosion had deadened my hearing.