Chime, a young woman from Shambala, a magical oasis in the mountains of Tibet where the survivors of nuclear Armageddon live peacefully, ventures out into the surrounding devastation. A mysterious illness is spreading, and the young Chinese woman courageously ventures outside the valley to search for a cure.
I describe this novel as "uplifting" because it focuses on people reaching out to help one another, instead of going on a killing, looting rampage, as is usual with such works. Also, we get a look at the spiritual, as well as physical, consequences of nuclear war. There is even a little humor, as in the discussion between Tonie Marie's parents and the psychic broaker, about whether or not Tonie should be reincarnated into a two-headed calf. Also, they chose an excellent narrator. Very good book.
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