An omnibus edition of the first three books in Jennifer Brozek’s Melissa Allen series.
What would you do if you discovered that everyone, in your house, on your street and in your town was dead? Then you discovered you weren’t alone–and whatever was out there was hunting you?
Melissa Allen, a troubled teen under house arrest, is the only person left alive in South Dakota. After discovering the mysterious deaths of her guardians and hearing of the massacre on the news, she realizes that there are monsters out there. They are pretending to be human, and they’ve have begun a door-to-door search–for her.
Melissa is unable to leave the quarantine zone and has no help except for Homeland Security agent David Hood on the phone. Before the government takes drastic action, she must figure out what killed everyone and stop it from happening again.
…or did Melissa herself, in a psychotic fit, murder her guardians–and the rest of the apocalypse is only happening inside her mind?
This special edition features the first three books in Jennifer Brozek’s Melissa Allen Series: Never Let Me Sleep, Never Let Me Leave, Never Let Me Die as well as a previously unpublished short story.
Never Let Me takes you head first in to Melissa’s troubled, paranoid world – and it will never leave you alone.
Jennifer Brozek is a Hugo Award-nominated editor and an award-winning author. Winner of the Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, Jennifer has edited fourteen anthologies, she has published more than sixty short stories, and is the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions. Jennifer also is a freelance author for numerous RPG companies and winner of both the Origins and the ENnie awards. When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is an active member of SFWA, HWA, and IAMTW.
Horror collides with science fiction in this omnibus edition of Brozek’s Melissa Allen trilogy, which sees a savvy teenager fighting to save the world from evil. In “Never Let Me Sleep,” virtually everyone in South Dakota falls asleep and dies. Only 14-year-old Melissa, a bipolar paranoid schizophrenic on house arrest, survives. Because of her immunity to whatever killed everyone else, she’s tasked by Homeland Security to find the source and stop it, but first she has to defeat terrifying insectoid aliens. In “Never Let Me Leave,” Melissa meets several other teenagers who’ve survived unusual phenomena; soon they’re trapped in a secured scientific facility with an alien capable of possessing humans. In “Never Let Me Die,” Melissa and the survivors of the previous incident undertake a hazardous mission that again brings them into contact with their alien foes. Brozek’s protagonist is a feisty, memorable heroine who copes rather well with her mental illness as long as she takes her medication; unfortunately, Brozek never takes advantage of the narrative potential in Melissa’s tenuous grasp of reality. These installments hold together as a three-part story, but they also feel like a setup for a continuing series, with the focus gradually shifting from a horror survival story to an alien conspiracy thriller. Though some elements require extreme suspension of disbelief, this is a strong, entertaining tale. (Feb.)