More than two hundred years into the future, human beings are an endangered species. The planet has been battered by war, its inhabitants plagued by disease and death. Few humans survived and remained unaffected. Most changed dramatically and evolved into something else entirely. Irrevocable alterations caused by chemical warfare have created a new species. North America is in ruins and has been overtaken. Humanity has fallen at the hands of mutants known as Urthmen.
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After fleeing the only refuge she's known for much of her life, Avery, along with her sister, June, and new friends, Will, Oliver, and Riley forge through the forest to uncharted territory in search of a better life, in search of other survivors. But Avery soon learns that life beyond the woods is far worse than she ever imagined. She finds that safety does not exist for human beings in a world run by Urthmen.
Avery, June, and their friends are being hunted. They need to find fuel so that they can travel across the country to the underground city, to a place where humans live safely, free from the terrors above ground. But once they make it there, will it be the idyllic paradise they imagine it to be or will it be worse than the current nightmare in which they live?
After winning the battle at the underground city, Avery and her soldiers have waged war against Urthmen. But word that the King has dispatched his army changes everything. She and her people must scramble to find a stronghold, a task that's seemingly impossible. And that's not the only challenge facing her group. Betrayal threatens to destroy everything. Will it divide the human alliance before the King's army arrives, or will humanity prevail? Find out in this riveting fourth installment of the Planet Urth series.
Five years have passed since we destroyed Kildare. In the years since, the Urthmen threat has diminished, almost to the point of being bearable. I began to feel safe for the first time in my life, that my sister is safe, that mankind has a chance to advance, that a future exists. But I've learned that on this planet, nothing lasts, especially peace. And with the toll of a bell everything changes....