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5.0 out of 5 stars Sparse writing style, 28 May 2012
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After initially feeling somewhat irritated by the unusually sparse writing style (in particular there is no punctation denoting speech) I became accustomed to the style and got used to when characters were speaking. I quickly got hooked into the book.

The story is set about 9 years after a global catastrophe has occurred with the majority of the population wiped out and with civilisation and all its infrastructure ruined. The narrator is Hig, or Big Hig as he would like to be known. Hig lives on an airfield with his trusty dog Jasper and his 'neighbour' Bangley. Hig has a Cessna airplane and just enough fuel to do some local flights to check the 'perimeter' and make some visits to a mennonite commune nearby. Hig, Bangley and Jasper have a routine and a relatively comfortable existence, all things considered, but Hig feels an urge to go in search of a voice he heard on the radio 3 years previously.

About half of the book covers Hig and Bangley's relationship and lifestyle and the other half is about Hig's journey. With such a small cast of characters you might think this would be a slow and dull read but it is well paced with lots happening as well as a deep consideration of character and relationship.

I love post-apocalyptic fiction, but this feels a bit different to the usual. A flu virus is the basis of the catastrophe but there are no zombies or vampires here. Just desperate people in desperate times. You might need to give the book a little time as you get used to the lack of speech marks but it is worth it and you will realise why the lack of speech marks works so well.

I loved this book and highly recommend it.
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Initial post: 4 Jul 2013 13:03:10 BDT
A. Llewellyn says:
A wonderful review, entirely agree with everything and am wondering what I could possibly add!

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jul 2013 21:55:03 BDT
Alison says:
Thank you, that's very kind of you. Glad to hear that you've enjoyed the book as much as me. I don't often re-read books, but I'm tempted to with this one.
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