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Publisher's Summary

From the "Dickens of our age" (Green Valley News) and New York Times best-selling author of Beartown and A Man Called Ove, a heart-wrenching story of how loyalty, friendship, and love carry a town through its darkest days.

After everything that the citizens of Beartown have gone through, they are struck yet another blow when they learn that their beloved local hockey team will soon be disbanded. What makes it worse is the obvious satisfaction that all the former Beartown players, who now play for a rival team in Hed, take in that fact. Amidst the mounting tension between the two rivals, a surprising newcomer is handpicked to be Beartown's new hockey coach.

Soon a new team starts to take shape around Amat, the fastest player you'll ever see; Benji, the crazed lone wolf; and Vidar, a born-to-be-bad troublemaker. Bringing this team together is a challenge as old bonds are broken, new ones are formed, and the enmity with Hed grows more and more acute.

As the big match approaches, the not-so-innocent pranks and incidents between the communities pile up, and hatred grows deeper. When the last game is finally played, one of Beartown's key players will be dead, and residents of both towns are forced to wonder whether, after all they've been through, the game they love can ever return to something simple and innocent.

Us Against You is a declaration of love for all the big and small, bright and dark stories that form and color our communities. Compelling and heartbreaking, it's a roller-coaster ride of emotions with Fredrik "Backman's pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature" (Shelf Awareness).

©2018 Fredrik Backman (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"You'd be forgiven for comparing narrator Marin Ireland and author Fredrik Backman to the great hockey tandem Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky. Like Messier and Gretzky, Ireland and Backman are quite the formidable pair... [Ireland] once again gives an unforced, nuanced take on characters that include adolescents struggling to find their way, a crusty old barkeep, a power-hungry politician, and a married couple hoping to reconnect after terrible tragedies. If you enjoyed Ireland's work in Beartown, you will not be disappointed hearing her read Us Against You. (AudioFile

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  • Lauren
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • 06-07-18

Why Did It Have to End?

This book and the first in the series, Beartown are two of my favorite books of all time. The story, writing style, characters and narration are sensational. I couldnt stop listening while simultaneously dreading the moment the book would end.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cyndi
  • Beautiful Michigan
  • 10-21-18

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This book wasn't as great as book 1 for me but it was still very good. I think this one focused a lot more on the hockey. Not to say that that is a bad thing. I loved knowing what happened next for most of the characters from book 1 and the introductory of a couple new characters too. This book has a few sad parts too. I am so glad I grabbed this audiobook right when I finished Beartown because I feel like I got the whole story. Loved know where everyone will be in 10 years and seeing how much some of these characters grow.

The narration was great but I will admit that I don't think they ever say where exactly Beartown is but I know it's outside the US and I think an accent would have worked better. Every time she said kroner I was reminded of this.

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A perfect compliment to Beartown as well as another great read

With the same empathy and awareness, Backman has crafted another great read. I would encourage one to read Beartown first and follow up with Us Against You. This is the fifth novel of Backman’s that I have read. Beartown , Us Against You, and A Man Called Ove, are my favorites. I am continually impressed with the author’s ability to craft his characters. One feels as if she knows these people, and there are many. Backman is able to have the multiple facets and characters of the story remain as independent tales, yet all of them coalesce into one epic story. I love the characters he builds, and how he allows them, or doesn’t allow them, to grow and change. Characters from the Beartown novel are integral in this novel, and other characters from the first book become the newer story. I learn to care about the new characters as much as I did the older ones. It’s just a great read and well worth the time and energy. I hope there are more stories in this series.

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It’s not supposed to be easy

I’m becoming a huge fan of Fredrik Backman, he writes complicated and interesting characters and stories that challenge my thought processes. I feel so connected to the people of Beartown. For most of this book I feared none of them would get the happy ending they deserve and it was torture. In the end, I still feel like I want to know more of their stories but am okay with where they are.

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So much more than a hockey novel...

This book, the follow up to Bear Town, is so much more than a hockey novel. If you haven't read/listened to this or any of Fredrick Backman's other novels, I highly suggest them all.

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Sequel to a Masterpiece?

Us Against you picks up where Beartown left off, and while it doesn't quite reach the heights of its predecessor, it is a worthy addition to the series. Anyone who liked Beartown will be satisfied with Us Against You. I've heard some refer to Beartown as a masterpiece. I'm not sure if I agree, but I'm not sure if I disagree either. Beartown is one of the best books I've listened to this year. Us Against You is one of the better books I've listened to this year. The series is definitely worth the time and credits, even if you don't know the first thing about hockey. The series is about much more than just sports. The narrator, Marin Ireland, narrates both novels and is fantastic. She has become one of my favorites.

Beartown rating: 4.64 stars

Us Against You rating: 4.21 stars

Series rating: 4.47 stars


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A gripping sequel

A story so well told I couldn't put it down. The narration is spot on, it couldn't be better! She makes the story come to life and the writing is stunning!! I loved Beartown and cried during Us Against You. The issues these books bring about are relevant and, the way it is written, so multifaceted. The way Backman intertwines the characters and tiny details has made me a big fan.

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  • Bryan
  • ALPHARETTA, GA, US
  • 09-23-18

Best story for any small town anywhere

I read Beartown and was on an emotional rollercoaster. This sequel torn my heart and repaired it again. everything about the people, not characters in a book, but people was realistic and sad and uplifting and true.

This book had everything a good book does. Good pace, depth of characters, hidden signals and twists and turns that can't be predicted, for shadowing and pre-shadowing the future. I wanna move to Beartown and "stand tall" with them in good and bad, right and wrong motives, and watch the cherry blossoms bloom

Backman did an amazing job of showing the distance and intimacy of relationships and navigating ego. I will forever be a fan.

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Well done

This book! I can’t stop reading Fredrik Backman. He builds beautifully flawed yet lovable characters. I enjoyed bear town and this book was a masterful follow up.

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Respect your audience

Interesting cast of characters and relationships, obvious point of view. Author never secure enough to let the story make the point: characters spell it out, then narrator beats you over the head with it.

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