The Lonely Between
Genre: YA, light speculative fiction
Status: In revision
While developing a vaccine for the disease sweeping the country, 19-year-old Andy Harper learns his medical school is closing, the CDC is taking over his lab, and his dad is showing tell-tale signs of the virus. Desperate to save him, Andy steals the cure from his own lab and evades authorities by journeying along the Appalachian Trail toward home. Vastly underprepared for the wilderness, Andy must put his faith and trust in a local, undereducated girl—the very kind of person he’s judged his entire life—if he wants to survive the oncoming winter and reach home in time to save his father. Pitched as CONTAGION on the Appalachian Trail.