"Paul Reid died in the snow at seventeen. The day of his death, he told a lie-and for the rest of his life, he wondered if that was what killed him." And so begins the battle for the afterlife, known as The Commons-an imaginary landscape of a broken America overrun by dreams and memories.Three unlikely heroes board a doomed bus: a New York street kid, an Iraq War veteran, and her five-year-old special-needs son. Their mission: to save forever. But first they have to save themselves.