Trent Sheets, a clueless survivor ill-equipped to deal with the apocalypse, discovers after many near-death trials that humanity has a second chance. So has he.
"A Going Concern" is an anti post-apocalyptic novel that looks at the end without the usual assortment of evil spirits, zombies, or depraved militias. What would the end really be like?
Trent Sheets, rhythm guitarist for Subculture, finds out. After a month-long bender, Trent discovers that most of humanity has died from The Sleeper, an engineered megalovirus. He faces a world of vast space and mind-blowing silence.
Trent drives west on I-40 to the California coast. Along the way he destroys several cars, escapes packs of wild dogs, meets dying remnants of humanity, loses the only healthy woman around, Audra, picks up a very angry and unhealthy teen, Kateland Owle, finds one thriving Native American town that kicks him out, and finally comes home to Southern California—a place of abundant luxuries and burning cities. Trent and Kate set up a solar-powered beach villa, deal with Audra’s disturbing arrival from New York, and welcome the international crew an Iranian submarine.
Kateland teaches Trent how to survive while he keeps her alive; together they learn to keep the lights on for the future. As Trent tells the last tame dog, “the thing about the end of the world is, it doesn’t end.”