I've just submitted chapter 16 of After the Change. The story will end with chapter 17 on Monday.
As with most of my stories, everything isn't black and white in this one. The characters all have their own free will, their own moral codes, their own fears and confusions. Which is pretty much the way life goes.
Another way life goes is that everyone doesn't skip into the sunset, holding hands and singing about how wonderful everything is. There are going to be some people who ignore the warning at the beginning of the final chapter and complain. Which is another way life is.