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Overview: Its a summer afternoon in Wentworth, Ohio, and on Poplar Street everythings normal. The paper boy is making his rounds; the Carver kids are bickering at the corner convenience store; a Frisbee is flying on the Reeds lawn; Gary Soderson is firing up the backyard barbecue. The only thing that doesnt quite fit is the red van idling just up the hill. Soon it will begin to roll, and the killing will begin. A quiet slice of American suburbia is about to turn to toast. The mayhem rages around a seemingly still point, a darkened house lit fitfully from within by a flickering television screen. Inside, where things havent been normal for a long time, are Audrey Wyler and the autistic nephew she cares for, eight-year-old Seth Garin. Theyre fighting their own battle, and its intensity has turned 247 Poplar Street into a prisonhouse. By the time night falls on Poplar Street, the surviving residents will find themselves in another world, one where anything, no matter how terrible, is possible...and where the regulators are on their way. By what power they have come, how far they will go, and how they can be stopped - these are the desperate questions. The answers are absolutely terrifying.
Paperback, Signet, 489 pp.