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The Dead World:  Book Two in The Dead Room Trilogy

I am Bennett Ashby. And I am not the savior.

322 years after the apocalypse, a miraculous find—an old journal—haunts those left behind. The words inside tear down every belief about their past, leaving nothing but a pile of questions behind. If Ashby wasn’t the one who saved them, who was? Was their entire world built on lies?

Bennett Ashby never set out to be the savior of anything, let alone the world. He only wanted to get ahead, and finding a cure for cancer was his key. But when the creation turns on the master, Ashby soon realizes he’s in over his head. The only thing he knows for certain is if the nanobots are not controlled, they will soon usher in the dead world.

322 years after the apocalypse, the world has changed, but her people have not.  Secrets, lies, and manipulations endure among a small group of survivors taking refuge on an island in the Northern Pacific.

No one knows what claimed so many lives over three centuries ago, and no one asks, except Ashley Wortham.  She can feel the secrets around her, begging to be uncovered.

But the nine elders who govern the island guard their secrets jealously. They believe the islanders know what they need to, and they hide their secrets behind a ruse of peace.  But when Ashley, and her best friend Mason, go down the rabbit hole, no one is prepared for the truths they uncover.  What will they do when they discover the downfall of humanity lies within their own island, deep inside the dead room?

“The Dead Room picks up breakneck speed in the final stretch, introducing surprising plot expansions – culminating in a clash of exhilarating story overlaps, in which, all the separate puzzle pieces of this fantastic novella come together and jive in an entertainingly uncanny fashion. Erickson’s shocking conclusion can only be described as “superbly unsettling,” in a way only known to true fans of traditional science fiction and psychological thrillers. A highly recommended read for those interested in fast-paced apocalyptic fiction, the surreal, and the bizarrely supernatural.”

Felix - from Goodreads