In a Perfect World takes place now, not in the far future but now --- which makes the storyline more alarming and frightening.
This book has more complexities than, other end of the world scenarios. It involves any array of relationships, some more chaotic the others.
The Phoenix Flu is running rampant all over the world and taking lives. The United States and its citizens are thought to be the cause of this pandemic --- which causes a plethora of problems for individuals. The United Sates blames other countries and the story explores the lives of a few individuals living in one small town in America.
A gripping read --- however the ending does not tie up neatly.
This is the way the world ends...
It was a fairy tale come true when Mark Dorn handsome pilot, widower, tragic father of three chose Jiselle to be his wife. The other flight attendants were jealous: She could quit now, leaving behind the million daily irritations of the job. (Since the outbreak of the Phoenix flu, passengers had become even more difficult and nervous, and a life of constant travel had grown harder.) She could move into Mark Dorn's precious log cabin and help him raise his three beautiful children.
But fairy tales aren't like marriage. Or motherhood. With Mark almost always gone, Jiselle finds herself alone, and lonely. She suspects that Mark's daughters hate her. And the Phoenix flu, which Jiselle had thought of as a passing hysteria (when she had thought of it at all), well . . . it turns out that the Phoenix flu will change everything for Jiselle, for her new family, and for the life she thought she had chosen.