“I was completely surrounded by Monsters. They slowly closed in around me. Their eyes were dark and sunken, and spittle dripped down their pale white faces. I recognized their faces; they were my parents and neighbors.” In Through Mud and Monsters, Sarah and Jake survived a horrifying outbreak that turned adults into hungry, mindless Monsters. Now, deep in the recesses of an abandoned mine they meet a group of children who have also survived the carnage. As the young community strives to survive in this desolate world, Sarah, Jake and their new friends must take on new roles and hone survival skills while fighting not only Monsters, but Shadows--Monsters who have not yet lost their ability to plan, seek, and kill with cunning. Sarah and Jake’s friendship is tested as they face past mistakes, work to survive the winter, and begin to help the group reclaim the surface, forging a new world from the ashes of their previous lives.