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(currently unpublished)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. Eighty years after a third world war left much of the earth uninhabitable, the lives of teenage friends Kaley and Jonah are changed forever when a bomb attack releases a highly infectious, bioengineered virus into the remaining population. Known as the Taint, the disease is deadly to most, but leaves the few survivors mutated and changed. When Kaley is affected, but Jonah is not, forces beyond their control seek to tear them apart. In fighting to stay alive and together, they must ultimately face the question of what it means to be human in this strange and lonely new world.

Is it worth surviving, if the cost is your humanity?