H Trope: uncontrollable plague kills men/women/kids/dogs/bugsCurrent Event: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-01-07/india/30601741_1_multi-drug-resistant-tb-tb-patients-tb-germs
I was inspired to do a similar post several months ago (http://faithandsciencefiction.blogspot.com/2011/01/possibly-irritating-essay-christians.html) on this whole idea of surviving a world-wide plague. Lots and lots of YA lit has recently looked at the results of teens as the sole survivors of planetary plague:
GONE (series) by Michael Grant
SUDDEN INDEPENDENTS by Ted Hill
GALAHAD (series) by Dom Teska
UNDER THE NEVER SKY by Veronica Rossi
WORLD WAR Z by Max Brooks
ENCLAVE by Anne Aguirre
So what can you or I add to it?
How about this: Fereshteh (angel) Mazandarani has lived in the US her entire life – but has lived with her parents being harassed during the Iran Hostage Crisis from November 1979 through January 1981 – and long after; to experiencing fierce prejudice against herself when she was in fourth grade on September 11, 2001 – and long after. Dain Tungstenshin was born and raised in northern Maine and was completely unaware of the world growing up. Then he decided to City College in New York. Shaken to his core, he meets Fereshteh and even though she’s unlike anyone he’s ever met before, they become friends through a united devotion to their faiths.
Now the world is shaken by religious turmoil. Fanatics of every stripe have started to vie for supremacy. Even religions that once were seen as “peaceful” have resurrected their darkest sides. Buddhist terrorists hold thousands hostage in Australia during a soccer championship. Christian fundamentalists flood Indian subways with poison gas. Muslim fanatics use an ancient nuclear weapon to disintegrate Paris. Fringe groups of all religions battle in the streets of major cities. The governments of the world unite at the UN and declare that they have had enough and will force ALL religious sects into a single philosophy: the Unified Faith In Humanity.
This of course, forces the religions underground and finally to unite against the monstrous Apocalypse Demon. Sides are being chosen.
Fereshteh’s parents were gentle Muslims and her boyfriend Dain is a social justice aware Lutheran. Best friends have begun to polarize as the world stumbles toward the End Times. When Fereshteh discovers an uncle of hers was a member of the Iranian Taliban early in the 21st Century; and Dain that a distant relative was convicted and executed for shooting doctors who performed abortions…they find that they are marked by the hate mongers on BOTH sides of the conflict.
The newly minted Corps For A United Humanity approach them because they seem like ideal pawns in the new world order. The plan is to release a newly enhanced bubonic plague virus in Beijing, New Delhi and Los Angeles – and blame the fanatic terrorists for it.
Fereshteh and Dain, however have different plans when a REAL demon manifests before them. The Angel of Thaumaturg has a plan it thinks they can work together on that will counter the Demon of Apocalypse…
Names: ♀ Iran ; ♂ United States