This is wonderfully hopeful! I loved how it emphasised human connection and positivity.
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 😧)
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.
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.
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. 🤓
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!
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!