n Beyond the Great Dying, Novelist NS Austin blends science fiction, humor, hope and gritty, realistic characters to create a post-apocalyptic world that is both strange and all too believable. Political intrigue, romance and unusual creatures combine to deliver an action-packed adventure for the last surviving humans on earth. Beyond the Great Dying is a wild ride and evocative drama of a new world rising from the ashes of the old.
One hundred years past, the Great Dying left only 20,000 humans alive. Those that remained were scattered across the globe. Small bands of survivors gathered to make a go of life; to prevent Homo sapiens from becoming yet another extinct species.
On the edge of the Northern Hemisphere, nestled against the Puget Sound, one tribe, the New Washington Enclave is thriving. At least, in comparison to the rest of the world. If it wasn't for a thorium generator technology saved from the old world by one of the original founders, New Washington's survival would be even more precarious.
Chrystel, a feisty, red-headed mayor is determined to keep independent-minded clavers safe and together. When an alien starship hovers over the New Washington Town Center and demands a meeting with its leaders, everything changes. The Ardinians want a place to live. They also want what's left of humanity to help them defeat an aggressive alien cousin called the Hunta now steaming towards Earth.
Between insurrection, other predatory enclaves, and now an alien threat, the threads that hold them together are beginning to fray. Can an emotionally restrained mayor with the help of her founder family keep the enclave alive long enough to rally an earth-wide force to repel the Hunta? Will their true belief in the possibility of a better future be enough?