Tainted Earth

(currently unpublished)

“Then her legs crumple and, as she collapses to the floor, she finally realises what Jonah was shouting. He was telling her to run.”

2129, Old Greenland. Eighty years after a third world war left much of the world uninhabitable, the lives of teenage friends Kaley and Jonah are changed forever when a bomb attack releases a bioengineered virus into their isolated island home. Known as the Taint, the disease is deadly to most, but leaves the few survivors irrevocably changed. When Kaley is affected by the disease – becoming one of the scarred and contagious ‘Tainted’ – but Jonah somehow recovers unscathed, both find themselves the unwitting targets of the healthy, desperate to find a cure by any means necessary.