Eleven-year-old Candy Foster-Smith is a genius, a prodigy, and due to her unauthorized exploration of the family bomb shelter, possibly the only survivor of a Russian bioweapon attack (note: published 1984). Upon emergence from the shelter, Candy finds evidence that she represents another form of emergence--that of a new species, Homo post hominem, consisting of the best and brightest as well as the most dangerous malcontents, but all possessing a natural immunity to most human disease, and therefore likely to have survived the biowar. With only her hyacinth macaw, Terry, for company, and armed with only her karate black belt, Candy sets off across the country to find others. Her journey leads her from the depths of loneliness, through soaring (literally) adventure, and ultimately to a decision point: when is it necessary to kill--or to die--for those one loves, and for those one has never even met? Told in the form of journal entries, the book's abbreviated, yet surprisingly rich, writing style takes some getting used to, but is well worth it.
This report prepared by Joy F.