Dystopian lit: so hot right now. Debut novel that joins the crowded field of "literary" dystopian/post-apocalyptic literature. I'm sure it says something about the zeitgeist that the genre is so popular right now. It's a more nuanced, low-key, and character-driven take on the scenario, with occasional echoes of the show "The Last Man on Earth." Also check out "Station Eleven," "Zone One," "On Such a Full Sea," and "The Power."
Imaginative, but one’s over-eager dreamscape out of an inescapable reality. Observant, but hashed modern phenomenon.
I’d expected more implicit sophistication and depth out of her personal journey narrative, on the other hand, I’d wished to be bombarded less by collage of material objects when appreciating her sharp social comments.
Post apocalyptic fiction for those who seek thoughtfulness (rather than fast-paced action). Fans of Station Eleven will enjoy this one
I found the main character in this novel very compelling. What I enjoyed most was following her story unfold between her past, as she moves to New York City and begins her career in Bible publishing, and the post-apocalyptic present, as she finds herself among a group of "survivors" of a plague that has wiped out human kind. I thought the writing style was elegant and subtle.
There were several threads within the story that I found exciting, particularly the role/theme of nostalgia, that I felt weren't explored fully. The plot sort of snowballs past the midway point, creating too much detail to examine by the end. I was attached to the character, but I felt her story didn't get its full due. I don't expect or need novels to have tidy endings but this one left too many (really interesting) threads unexplored for me to give it a perfect review. That being said, I still think it's a unique, well-written take on the plague survivor narrative.
Pleasantly surprised at the depth in this novel. At first it seemed like pure millennial self-indulgence, but as the apocalypse progressed the author drew thought-provoking parallels between the pointless existence of modern life and survival in an empty world.
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