"One minute the teacher was talking about the Civil War. And the next minute he was gone"(page 1). In the beginning of the book it starts with Sam and Quinn in class then their teacher disappears. It does not take them long with the help of Astrid a fellow student to find out that all of the adults are gone.
"It was happening a lot. Kids coming to Sam, asking him questions for which he had no answers."(Page 47). After Sam ran into a apartment fire to save a little girl he and acted when no one else would people start to see him as a leader. Sam however does not want to become a leader because he does not want the pressure but people have started to view him as one.
"He's a manipulator,"(Page 148). After Sam found Astrid's brother and found out Sam has powers he came back to the Plaza and soon an arrival of cars caught the attention of kids and a boy named Caine took over the Plaza. Sam ran away and was hunted by Caine. Caine eventually captured him and Astrid and Quinn. They escaped with other captured mutants.
"Having a bad night brother?"(page 529). At this point after finding out Caine is Sam's twin they have a final battle at the plaza. Caine and Sam fight but Sam is victorious in the end.
"I'll get the backhoe. Got a lot of holes to dig." (Page 551). After Sam beats Caine in battle he and a few others start to bury the casualties of the battle. After burying the dead they try to recover from the battle.
"The food seemed almost to crush the tables."(Page 552) at the end of the book they all celebrate their first thanksgiving with no adults around and all the kids come to eat. They do this as a moral boost after the battle.