Where Plague War was political, Plague Zone is more action-packed with an additional, fear-inducing element. When a lookout from Jefferson spies a lone wanderer edging closer to the city limits, he sends Allison with a small team to investigate. Partly to ease the growing tension between her--now his wife and pregnant with their child--and Ruth, his former object of lust, and partly to delegate, Cam is more preoccupied with an upstart ant invasion that threatens to cause more damage to their already tenuous living conditions. His attention quickly alters course when screams and gunfire alert the citizens of Jefferson that the city is suddenly under some kind of attack. It isn’t Russian or Chinese forces bearing down on Jefferson--it’s an even more pressing and dire threat: the wandering refugee is slack-jawed and white-eyed, shuffling toward the city with an eerie momentum. Suddenly Allison’s small party begins dropping and convulsing, jerking awkwardly against their own bodies. It isn’t until Ruth realizes what’s happening does she try to keep everyone else from saving their crew; a new nanotech plague has been unleashed and it renders its victims into zombies.
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