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I am actually torn about this book.
On one hand, the writing is beautiful, no question about it. It's introspective, meditative, poetic. The characters are fascinating and lovingly drawn.
The atmosphere reminded me of The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.
On the other hand, I did not like how the narration jumped through the timeline without rhyme or reason, and I especially did not like the ending.
It was like: all the build-up, and the whole thing stopped mid sentence. If I was Sheldon Cooper it would have driven me nuts.
Dylan, Constance and Stella are extremely charismatic. I especially adored Stella, a transgender teen in a small community whose dreams and plans are derailed by the very inconvenient apocalypse.
Constance who glued Dylan and Stella together, was an enigmatic woman but I couldn't understand what drove her tumultuous relationships. What such an interesting woman did with two very ordinary men ( who are actually hardly playing any roles in this book)?
Dylan with his internal strength and calm facade grounded Constance and her daughter, and I loved how drawn he was to them. It felt like fate to me.
Their mutual neighbor was a sweetheart as well, and I loved how lively and believable all his grumpy dialogues were. I could absolutely imagine this happening in real life.
Steven Cree, the narrator, did a decent job, and for me the book flowed really well.
Overall, despite my disappointment with the ending, it's a recommended read. Purely for its gorgeous poetic language. However, I would hesitate to pick up this author again because I hate feeling cheated by my own expectations. *grins* It's up to you to risk it or not.
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