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The Lightest Object in the Universe
The Lightest Object in the Universe: A Novel | Kimi Eisele
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"This is a novel with that exact balance of heart and momentum. Dazzling." --Christian Kiefer, author of The Animals What if the end times allowed people to see and build the world anew? This is the landscape that Kimi Eisele creates in her surprising and original debut novel. Evoking the spirit of such monumental love stories as Cold Mountain and the creative vision of novels like Station Eleven, The Lightest Object in the Universe tells the story of what happens after the global economy collapses and the electrical grid goes down. In this new world, Carson, on the East Coast, is desperate to find Beatrix, a woman on the West Coast who holds his heart. Working his way along a cross-country railroad line, he encounters lost souls, clever opportunists, and those who believe they'll be saved by an evangelical preacher in the middle of the country. Meanwhile, Beatrix and her neighbors begin to construct a cooperative community that suggests the end could be, in fact, a bright beginning. Without modern means of communication, will Beatrix and Carson reach each other, and what will be left of the old world if they do? The answers may lie with a fifteen-year-old girl who could ultimately decide the fate of the cross-country lovers. The Lightest Object in the Universe is a story about resilience and adaptation, a testament to the power of community, where our best traits, born of necessity, begin to emerge.
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GivenLemons
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This is wonderfully hopeful! I loved how it emphasised human connection and positivity.

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Viji
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I like the idea of a story about post-apocalyptic days where people come together and build a new world. (Instead of all trying to kill each other 😧)

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ralexist
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Most apocalyptic tales tend to delve into the worst side of humanity where survival of the fittest means the destruction of another. In this novel the focus is on the determined search for loved ones, the community bonding together towards a goal, the rediscovery of our resilience - where survival of the fittest means survival of the whole. The darkness does exist but it does not drive this book. A heartfelt take on a somewhat overdone trope.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I‘m sold! I‘m always on the lookout for books where the end of the world doesn‘t completely turn humanity into the absolute worst. Thanks for the review! 6mo
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AthenaWins
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This is not so much a story about the apocalypse as it is a story about humanity and finding strength not only in yourself but in others. There isn't a lot of action, but what it lacks there it more than makes up for with strong character development and a constant pull between defeat and victory. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoyed Station 11.

atla You said the magic words (Station Eleven)! Added to my TBR. :) 8mo
AthenaWins @atla Ha! Awesome! 8mo
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JulAnna
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Overall a pick for me, but I thought it came across clearly as a debut novel. I liked the premise. I have been waiting for a while for a post-apocalyptic novel that showed a more positive side of human nature and that did happen in these pages. However, some threads were left underdeveloped and a few large questions left unanswered imo. 🤓

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JulAnna
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Happy Saturday morning, Littens!
Starting this today, looks promising 😊

Dolly Lovely reading spot! 8mo
Kaylamburson Loved this one!!! 8mo
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Kaylamburson
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I loved this post-apocalyptic novel! It feels like it could be a real world in the not so distant future--no more power, a shortage of food and water, and how that makes people band together, rise in violence, or go searching for the light in the darkness. It's character- driven, but there are plenty of intense moments to keep the story moving. There's also the slightest hint of romance and hope that pushes the plot along. Highly recommend!

valeriegeary Yes please! 12mo
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Kaylamburson
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After a very long day setting up a booth for a toy show this weekend, I'm so excited to climb into bed and read uninterrupted in my hotel room for a couple hours. I've heard many good things about this book, so I'm ready to crack open the ARC!

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