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Shudderchild

Written By:Warren Norwood - 1987

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Synopsis

A TERRIFYING FLIGHT FOR FREEDOM IN THE NEAR FUTURE

From acclaimed author Warren C. Norwood comes an ambitious and moving novel of the near future—a survival story of astounding insight, compassion and suspense...

SHUDDERCHILD

Shudderday has come and gone. Its cataclysmic earthquakes have killed millions, devastating the planet phsically, culturally and emotionally. Now, West Texan Jeremiah Fronterhouse Cody begins a quest on many levels: to battle invading militant factions, to solve the mystery of his missing wife, and to protect what was once the United States against a threat even larger than the shudder that forever altered the world.

Excerpt

TOMORROW THE SUN MIGHT COME OUT

MIGHT | No once could be sure. Some years the sun didn't break through until as late as June or July.

Jeremiah Fronterhouse Cody remembered one childhood year when the sun had never really broken though at all. Of course, some of the few remaining Oldtimers like to talk about the days when theyh claimed there had been blue skies every month.

Sometimes Oldtimers were more trouble than they were worth, as though they always wanted to go back to the days before Shudderday, before the tectonic plates had moved, when the ground had been solid and didn't tremble under your feet every now again. There weren't lots of things left anymore like the Oldtimers remebered them. But every month there were fewer and fewer Oldtimers to remember the way their world had been, so eventually it wouldn't make any difference. They'd just fade to memories as strange as the stories in the history books, and pretty soon be just another row of sunken graves to be tended on God Remember Day.

Cody tried not to think too much about things like that. Still, there wasn't a day that something didn't happen to remind him of time and history. But if he ever found Ann and his baby, he'd make sure the past didn't look so Oldtimer-different to his child.

Catastrophe:

earthquake

Type:

futuristic