It is around this time that I began to believe in the possibility that there would not be any romance within this novel. Fen and Daniel have a very interesting relationship however their relationship does not seem to even come close to anything except mutual survival. Fen is of course a very strong character and has very clear goals as it pertains to the infant. Perhaps the author felt as though having romance within her novel would take away from the strength of her character. In many stories that we read/see that have an apocalyptic element to them we often see people acting with one another in very romantic ways knowing that they could die at any moment. Sherri L. Smith has not added this element into her story and in fact has seemed to have gone in the opposite direction, making the supposed genius Daniel a complete klutz and thereby less appealing. Do you believe that Smith intentionally left out romance from her novel, and if so why?