The Fire-Us Trilogy is a young-adult post-apocalyptic series by Jennifer Armstrong and Nancy Butcher. The books in the series are The Kindling, The Keepers of the Flame, and The Kiln.In the year 2002, a mysterious illness explodes through the world, spreading panic and killing adults with a horrible, incurable fever. Only children survive the initial outbreak. Most, having lost their protection and being too young to protect themselves, fall to wild animals or hunger. But in Lazarus, Florida, a small group of lucky (or not-so-lucky) children manages to find each other. They form a family, scavenging everything they need to live from the ruins of Lazarus for years, believing they are probably the last people alive.After five years, their simple life begins to fall apart. Their town has been picked almost to the bone. Two small children suddenly appear on the streets, apparently with no one to take care of them. A teenage boy knocks on their door, saying things no one understands that may or may not be from the "before-time". He uproots the family, dragging them with him on a quest they don't understand, away from Lazarus, in a madman's search to find Washington and the enigmatic "President".
Provides Examples Of:
Aborted Arc: Mommy finding the car and the book never gets a real resolution.
All Just a Dream: Angerman suggests the kids are all imagining things in an institution and the Fire-us never happened, but there's no indication that he's right.
Berserk Button: Separating Mommy from the younger children has disastrous results.
Big "NO!": Mommy's reaction to Angerman making off with some of her "babies".
Camp Unsafe Isn't Safe Anymore: It takes the kids a long time to decide to leave the mall. Possibly justified, as they really, really wanted it to be safe, and were intentionally ignoring everything that told them it wouldn't be to hang onto their new illusion of security for as long as possible.
Shout-Out: Jennifer Armstrong's first book dedication is to Anne Ginkel. Later on, a book belonging to an "Annie Ginkel" is found. As the book might have been Mommy's in the Before Time, it may also be a case of Write Who You Know.
Two Girls and a Guy: Teacher, Mommy, and Hunter have this dynamic at the beginning of the series since they are essentially in charge of keeping everyone alive, despite the four other people they live with.
Woman in White: All the Crossroads women wear completely white outfits.