One of the more straightforward apocalypse stories in the volume so far – an asteroid is headed for North America, and those who can are fleeing. Those who can’t (most of them) are reliant on a government lottery to get one of the small number of places on transport off the continent.
The same sex couple who are the protagonists are frustrated as their legal inability to marry leaves them disadvantaged, for lottery winner’s can take their marital partners and children with them. It’s a potentially bleak ending – unless the pair pop up in book 2 having got out of the USA (or survived the impact!)
More from ‘The End is Nigh’ here.