Sara Hathaway’s second novel, Without Land, continues the story of Erika and her family. This novel examines some of the tough choices we as individuals would face as a country recovering from a severe environmental catastrophe as well as the tough choices our government would be faced with. Sara maintains her focus on the concept of exploring the vast issues and circumstances from the perspective of one individual caught in the middle. As well as presenting some great survival techniques, outdoor activities, and possible natural disaster scenarios along the way.
“I thought I was entering a brave new world of freedom but I walked right into the arms of soldiers I thought were there to protect me... They told us we were going to live at this ‘happy’ camp where we would be cared for until the country was stabilized.”
Erika thought America would let freedom reign forever but nine years after the Great Quake the reaction by the American Government was quite different. The Day after Disaster brought hardships to the world. The American citizens fought valiantly to bring back some sense of normalcy in a world that was shaken to bits. Many people were left landless and those still in possession of land had many obligation to fulfill for the citizens left fighting for their lives. Erika and her family are just another group left landless and forced to find their way in this new government construct. They are caught between a yearning for the freedoms they used to take for granted and a will to fit in and excel in this new landscape. However, Mother Nature will always have the last word and she isn’t done yet.