Cole’s foray into the YA market doesn’t rely on vampires or werewolves, which is just one aspect of what makes this book so refreshingly different. The characters are realistic, believable teens, and the plot is greatly entertaining. However, Evie, the protagonist, completely relies on others to survive — to an annoying and frustrating degree.
Evie Greene’s seemingly perfect life ends with the apocalypse. Suddenly, she’s on the run with Jack Deveaux, perhaps the only person that she didn’t get along with at school, to find her grandmother. It’s a treacherous journey from Louisiana to North Carolina, and the humans out to kill her are the least of her worries. As the Empress, one of the 22 Arcana, the tarot cards personified, Evie must harness her powers, because soon it will be time to meet Death himself. (SIMON & SCHUSTER, Oct., 384 pp., $18.99, ISBN: 9781442436640, HC, 12 & Up)