As far as Riley McCullough is concerned, her best friend getting ‘dragged’ off to Puerto Vallarta for the first two weeks of summer vacation was the end of the world―at least until the bombs fell.
Life in suburban New Jersey with her mother has been comfortable, not to mention boring, to an introverted fourteen year old. As if her friend’s surprise trip wasn’t bad enough, her expectations for the ‘best summer ever’ disintegrate when she gets sent across the country to stay with a father she hasn’t seen in six years. Adjusting to a tiny, desert town where everyone stares at them like they don’t belong proves difficult, and leaves her feeling more isolated than ever. To make matters worse, her secretive father won’t tell the truth about why he left―or what he’s hiding.
Her luck takes an unexpected turn for the better when she meets a boy who shares her interest in video games and contempt for small town boredom. In him, she finds a kindred spirit who might just make the middle of nowhere tolerable.
Happiness is short lived; fleeing nuclear Armageddon, she takes shelter with her dad in an underground bunker he’d spent years preparing. After fourteen days without sun, Riley must overcome the sorrow of losing everything to save the one person she cares about most.
“The Summer The World Ended is a brilliantly woven tale…. Unforeseen twists and a masterfully paced storyline assures that Matthew Cox has a bonafide hit on his hands!” ~ Aiden James, author of Cades Cove and The Judas Chronicles
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A participant in a blog tour asked me to put together a playlist for the book, so here it is 🙂
Evanescence – Hello (Chapter 2)
Crimson Glory – Lonely (Chapter 3)
Matthew West – Save a Place for Me (Chapter 4)
Velvet Revolver – Fall to Pieces (Chapter 5)
Dierks Bentley – Every Mile a Memory (Chapter 6)
Ben Howard – Oats in the Water (Chapter 8)
Kamelot – Abandoned (Chapter 9)
Offspring – Bad Habit (Chapter 12)
Green Day – 21 Guns (Cast version) (Chapter 16)
Lifehouse – First Time (Chapter 17)
Alice in Chains – Down A Hole (Chapter 19)
Secondhand Serenade – Is there Anybody Out There (Chapter 26)
Pink Floyd – Is there Anybody Out there (Chapter 27)
Goo Goo Dolls – Better Days (Chapter 30)
Lacuna Coil – Trip the Darkness (Chapter 32)