A Chemical Fire - Brian Martinez Wow, this was really good. Really good. It's about John, a former high school science teacher and husband turned junkie, living in a world that somehow burned up. At least all the people did, except for John and three others and these survivors turn out to all be linked to each other. They make their way across the country, searching out food and drugs and weapons. They also have to deal with the zombie-like Victims of whatever happened to turn all people to piles of ash. The story is told in that minimalist style that I really enjoy. I read this in a day and while some of the situations are very graphic and disturbing, I just had to know what came next. And it wasn't what I thought either!