I came up with an idea recently after reading about post apocalyptic novels and remembering The Lord of the Flies. The premise is basically that the Earth has been inflicted with a disease that is deadly to anyone who has hit puberty, thus the entire world loses its population of adults and late teens, leaving children alone in the world. What I liked about this is how different it is from other post apocalyptic stories, where the world is usually destroyed or stricken with some ailment that makes technology non existent and everyone must start from scratch or revive the old technology. With this premise, the world is intact, with all buildings and technology, yet only kids are able to survive in it, making the oldest you can turn about 13. I see however 2 problems with this: My main concern is of the plot holes within a story where all the adults have died off. That would mean things like nuclear reactors wont have people manning them, thus maybe leading to a meltdown that would destroy the earth anyways, and other similar scenarios. Its such an abstract idea that I'm not sure how to imagine a world like this and thus adapting a story that would be believable. My second concern (albeit not as big as the first one) is what would the plot and conflict be? They're not on a search for their parents, since they're dead, and I doubt we can assume they figure out a cure, since they're just kids. So what would be the driving force and eventual conclusion of this story? Lord of the Flies worked well since even though it was about kids alone on an island, the main goal (though it would be ignored) was to get of the island by signaling for a ship. However ,that does not work here. The only other similar story I have seen is the Jimmy Neutron movie, where aliens kidnap the entire town's adults, leaving the kids alone. This however is only one town, and the light hearted tone of the story sends the kids of to save the parents. I'm naturally not asking anyone to come up with the entire story for me, nor characters or anything like that. I'm just wondering if this idea is even possible, and if it is, what suggestions do you have for the premise as well as driving force of the plot? Thanks in advance!