What becomes of humanity years after a killer plague ravishes the world? This is a compelling story of what could happen in a kill or be killed world that felt all too possible (though if a sign saying you've got a killer blood disease keeps others from preying on you, you'd think more people would post that sign! ). This book has glimpses of the best of humanity when the worst has become the norm. I enjoyed it, if one can use such a word for dark apocalyptic fare.
I had to return this. I made it through the first 2/3s, though I confess I was hitting the fast-forward button pretty frequently. This author has a weird idea of pacing--he's in the middle of some action, and suddenly he starts drifting off to describing the scenery. Or feelings, or whatever--but he loses the thread of the story. Speaking of the story. . .look, I know not everybody is a pilot, but could anybody be as stupid as this pilot? Let's see. . .apparently the last plane left on earth, and for nine years, all he can think to do with it is go retrieve Cokes? He sets off on his big adventure--without pre-positioning gas or other supplies--drills along at low altitude so that his fuel consumption goes way up? Let's see. . .other technical errors include getting blasted by a shotgun--just how frickin' low was he flying??? The hero just doesn't seem like a realistic representation of a person to me; not believable. I'm all for survival stories, but a world where you only shoot on sight and never attempt to gain allies or friends, is just not anything like the humans I've grown up with. I'm surprised this got as many good reviews as it did. Maybe I was expecting more--especially after reading The Martian, which was an outstanding story of a man struggling to survive. This story. . .is just stupid.
Being a Colorado native, I was a huge fan of the detailed descriptions of the land and use of actual geography! Thank you Mr. Heller. I'm excited to read your next book, sound like a good one too!
Post-apocolyptic stories are always good, and this is a new take on that genre. I enjoy the introspection the protagonist endures.
I am not pleased with how the narrator read this one. It makes me want to purchase, if not just peek in at the bookstore, to note if there are ellipsis' after every sentence. The book is read like a poem, with just-to-long-of-a-break between each sentence. It drove me nuts, but the storyline made up for that oddity. I do not think I will purchase another book that Mark Deakins has narrated, unless it is the book, not the narration.
Just a great story!
The main character, I could relate to him.
Meeting the woman
MAKE THIS INTO A MOVIE!!
The narration made the book really come to life, so yes.
This was a first time with Mr. Deakins. I will definitely look for him again.
Bangly was well written. I had a very clear sense of him and where he stood, although it was not clear just in the words.
Good concept and well told but with very annoying quirks of the author. Too often the author leaves out the pronouns which grated more than anything. I persevered and did enjoy it enough to get the author's next book. But I doubt I'll get anything else he writes. I just don't like his style enough. Based on other reviews I expected this to be visually stunning but the stunted narration style and the funky sentence structure didn't work for me. What I did like was that every detail of how the world "ended" wasn't spelled out.
A much better version of The Road by Cormac McCarthy...not to knock CM....I loved some of his other novels.
When Hig is walking into the perimeter with the villians on his tail, and Bangley uses the radio to get him through.
Yes. It made me pay more attention to my dog, Sonny. It made me realize how much I appreciate him as a real companion.
Not a plot driven book...but really...Such great writing and narration.
This book was my first by Peter Heller. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was well-written, with good a good plot. I did not see how, from the book summary, I would stay alert as I listen while commuting but I did not want to shut off my ipod. Kept me involved from beginning to end.
The significant scene when he goes out with his dog up the mountain.
I enjoyed the entire book.
A quiet and powerful story about survival, isolation, memories,and new relationships. This novel is both subtle, as well as violent, gripping, and suspenseful. There is a slice of life within the book that details the connection between a man and his dog that is very well done. This novel is not one that I would usually choose, but I trusted the reader reviews, and it paid off.
If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, A hoper, a pray-er, a magic-bean buyer. If you're a pretender come sit by my fire
...which is unfortunately pretty boring. The author does a really good job making you feel the isolation and despair and the joy in the really small, everyday things. The narration is also really slow, which probably aids in the feel that this book was going for? But I had to listen to it at 2x speed. Parts of this books were amazing, but for the most part the action felt cursory, the shocking grotesque scenes felt out of place, and the interesting authorial style seemed to dissipate as the story progressed. All told, though, it's an interesting story of the apocalypse that focuses not on fending off zombies or fighting the elements but just on living. I recommend this if you like pastoral novels or don't appreciate the fast-paced hollywood-style of story-telling.