From the bestselling author of the award-winning Extinction Cycle comes an all-new vision of the apocalypse and the future of humanity. Hell Divers is a thrilling post-apocalyptic work of speculative fiction and the first installment in the Hell Divers trilogy by Nicholas Sansbury Smith.
Two hundred fifty years into the future, planet earth is uninhabitable. Bombs dropped during World War III poisoned our environment, sparking powerful electrical superstorms, acid snows, and deadly levels of radiation.
What remains of humankind exists on two massive flying warships, the Hive and the Ares, which continuously circle the globe seeking a habitable home on the surface. The fate of the men, women, and children who live on these ships is far from secure.
Captain Ash, leader of the Hive, is well aware of the dangers that lurk both inside and outside of the warship she commands. Most imperatively, she must make sure the ship stays afloat and closely monitors its nuclear fuel cells, a precious resource that can only be found in old supply houses on the surface of the earth.
The Hell Divers are the brave men and women who accept the mission to retrieve these cells. They jump from the ship, plummeting thousands of feet to secure fuel cells from the crumbling ruins of our once-proud cities. Commander Xavier Rodriguez, known simply as X, is the most accomplished Hell Diver on the Hive. X is a hardened man, devoted to his duty to preserve the existence of the Hive and its passengers.
The greatest trouble the Hive has yet faced occurs when the Ares takes a perilous risk to dive for fuel in Hades, a city named for its dangerously high radiation levels. The Hive learns of Ares’ grave situation, and Captain Ash determines to rescue her.
Disaster strikes when the Hive is caught in a colossal electrical storm. It is now up to X and his newly recruited team of tough-but-novice Hell Divers to save what’s left of humanity and recover fuel from a poisonous landscape riddled with winged, eyeless, leathery creatures known as Sirens, who are hard to kill and eager to feed.