A young woman and her lover are scuba diving on an old sunken warship off a Pacific island when the world above them on the surface turns into a monstrous fireball. The sunken wreck shudders and tips. This spectacularly conceived story may well assume a place somewhere between Nevil Shute's On the Beach and Margaret Atwood's Surfacing.
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No. I loved Neville Schute's "On the Beach" and "Earth Abides", but this was less a post-apocalyptic survival story than a tortuous winding path through a very damaged woman's psyche. The author seemed to be using her struggle to survive her present situation as an allegory explaining her past miseries. Unfortunately, the protagonist is totally unlikeable. Shallow, manipulative, completely reactive, and not very bright. certainly not the kind of woman I'd want to be stuck on a desert island with. Oh, did I mention every other character in the book is about as shallow as a piece of tinfoil? If you're curious, or desperate feel free to take a look, You can always return it and find something worth while.
She did the best she could with what she was given.