Grace Hardwick has managed to travel from her college campus in Oxford, Mississippi to Arthur Bridges’ compound in the mountains of north Georgia. She fled towards home with the supplies and equipment her father had cached for her in a storage facility near the campus. After the coordinated terrorists’ attacks throughout the country, it was imperative that Grace gets home as soon as possible. Her trip has been anything easy and her survival skills have been put to the test more often than not. Along the way, she has teamed up with Tom Brady and his mother, Sonyea. Her father, Robert, has traveled to the compound and plans to help her along with Tom and Sonyea back to their homestead outside of Damascus, Virginia.
When the group decides to split up and send Grace and Tom ahead all hell breaks loose. The Hardwick farm though somewhat isolated has some unexpected unsavory guests wreak havoc on the others in Grace’s family. The Bridges’ compound comes under attack causing a delay in Robert and Sonyea leaving. Grace and Tom run into a ragtag group of stranded hikers that open fire. It seems that fate is keeping everyone apart and their lives in peril.
Horton’s second novel in The Locker Nine Series, Grace Under Fire, is a fast-paced, action-packed, post-apocalyptic dystopian. (Say that three times as fast as you can. LOL) Each of the places is described in enough detail that it is easy to picture them. There are more moving parts to this book than the first and many more characters. It almost became too many to keep up with at times. The budding romance between Grace and Tom adds a sweet relief to all the tragedy happening around them.
This book grabbed my attention right away and kept me tied to the story. I hated to put it down and it ended too soon. I am eagerly looking forward to the next installment.
4 out of 5 stars.