Sung Home (Paperback)
Seven years after a fast-moving plague has killed most of the world's population sixteen-year-old Lakshmi Boykin escapes from a warlord's compound where she has lived since she was nine, accompanied solely by her trusty burro, Burl. Guided by the lyrics of a song, a "songline" that her mother composed for her, she makes her way to her grandmother's house deep in the Mogollon mountains, Lakshmi's only hope for safety. Driven by fear of capture and the vision of a home and caring community, Lakshmi uses wilderness living skills she has learned from her father to make her way. Set in the near, post-apocalyptic future in the rural southwest, Sung Home is the story of the shattering loss of a doomed way of life--and of a second chance for humanity. Sung Home is the first in a trilogy.