Hello friends! I’m here with another happy review, as it was a book I really enjoyed. I actually didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did, and it isn’t even a genre I reach often.
It’s a sci-fi book that mainly focuses on the social effects of a disease that is impacting a college town causing long, unpreventable sleep and vivid dreams.
It starts with Kara, one of the girls in the dorm, coming back to her room, falling asleep and not waking up. Mei, her roommate cannot wake her up. So, they take her to the hospital. Then, another and another… As the cases grow, they apply a quarantine for the town to prevent it spreading through the nation. So, no-one can enter, no-one can get out. Through this shut down, we get to know many different characters who fall victim or about to fall victim to this disease, and this is the fascinating part. We follow Mei, a family with a small baby, small sisters, their father and more.
I think Walker did an amazing job while displaying human emotions and actions in such unusual, stressful situation. There are parents outside who cannot enter, people who can’t go out although they don’t live there. Even there’s limited help and places to stay. So, the people are under very difficult conditions. Inevitably, the social dynamics completely change. At this point, I felt the desperation and claustrophobia so well, as the writer made it very vivid. But, there’s more to it. It also brings out the goodness in people, through a shared misery. They hope together, help each other and try to navigate this tragedy.
As I was reading this book, I also found myself not wondering about ‘why’ this disease happened, because it just didn’t matter. The point of this book is to look at the relationships, actions of people, their thoughts and consequences. All these dynamics make the book so interesting, not the virus or what happens in the end. That’s why, even me, being a very result oriented reader, just enjoyed and valued the objective of the book.
I gave it 4 stars, because I thought the middle part could be a tad shorter. But, I must say the end was fabulous. It didn’t disappoint me. I think she wrapped the story very well, with the same philosophical style that left me wanting to read more of it.
In any sense, I think it was a very thought provoking book that I enjoyed a lot. I would totally recommend it. Also, it has a gorgeous cover, which is always a plus 🙂 I heard a lot of people say if you like Station Eleven, you’d like this book, so I’ll pass the message. Since, I haven’t read Station Eleven and I liked this book, I’ll do the reverse and go read it some time soon 🙂
Well, that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed this review and as always, I’d like to hear from you in comments 🙂 Happy reading!