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Isherwood Williams

Ish is a young man who is working toward his college degree when the virus strikes. Ish, as he's known, is bitten by a rattlesnake just as the virus outbreak apparently hits it peak. He later believes that there's some connection between the rattlesnake bite and his own survival of the deadly disease. Ish has never fit in well with others, preferring to slip off by himself to read a book rather than go to a dance. He first feels that this trait is a benefit to him in the world after the virus kills so many, but later sees it as a "vice." He spends the first months wandering around and observing the changes that happen to his world without encountering more than a few people. When he meets Em, his life changes and the two of them are immediately drawn to each other, effectively ending...

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