If you like The Stand by Stephen King you will like Swan Song. VERY similar but instead of disease ending society, nuclear war does. You will follow about a half dozen central characters as they each decide if they want to rebuild society or take it over.
My mother and I read this book together when I was in the eighth grade. When I purchased the book, now some 20+ years later, I was reminded of how great it is. I'll listen again with my son when he's old enough to understand some of the themes that are brought out.
One of the most memorable, and vivid images that I keep from this book is always a lone apple tree, heavy with fragrant apple blossoms and a palm print and name burned into the trunk of the tree.
He worked hard to give each person their own voice. I loved Josh's voice because of the careful and precise speech he always had, which to me was unexpected in a pro-wrestler, but so fitting for the man.
Too many to name, and anything I say would give too many spoilers for additional readers.
The fact that as a 13 year old girl, this book is just as good if not better now that I'm a 42 year old woman speaks to the timeless beauty of the work. The endurance of the story over that space of time makes it a modern classic in my humble opinion.
I love this book it's one of my favorites. This is the book that made me officially become a reader. I read it in high school and I read it about 5 times since. I decided to listen to it on audible and was thrilled that the narrator read with great passion intonation and diction. It was very enjoyable.
this was a very interesting, mystifing, and overall great story. i loved how it slowly beought you in and made you love, hate, and sometimes find yourself finding similar to the characters in so many ways. i only wish there was another story to continue from this one.
All fears are explored in this story. McCammon tells an original tale of post apocalyptic horror. This author is also unique in his ability to pull you out of the darkness and show moments of joy and hope that are described just as vividly as any scene of terror. Not for the squeamish, but very satisfying.
Read this years ago but to listen to is made it more fun. Don't miss this book.
I read this book a long time ago and thought it was just good. But hearing it performed its main black character; how he was written - his actions and dialogue , sounded blindingly racist and canny. I've read other stories from this author, maybe he should stick to white characters.