Megan E. O’Keefe’s 2021 The First Omega is a standalone dystopian novella.
Unchecked climate change has transformed once verdant lands along Route 66 into parched deserts, driving refugees to the coasts and north to tropical Canada. But mere catastrophe can’t prevent multinational giant Pac-At from prospering. Its vehicles crisscross what’s left of formerly settled lands.
Bandit gangs once saw Pac-At transport vehicles as easy prey. No more. Pac-At has an cure for land pirates. The cure is called Riley.