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Good idea, original presentation, not totally my cup of tea, but others may like it more
on 5 March 2013
As a debut novel, with an original idea, and a pretty original format for presenting the story, then it is good. I was initially intrigued by the voice out of nowhere saying "My children, do not be afraid", which is what made me decide to read it in the first place. The story is told in the voices of 26 diverse characters, from their point of view, in small snapshot segments. This gives it originality and allows the author to show many facets of human thinking, behaviour and character progression in a worldwide crisis. It makes you think. It makes you keep turning the pages, because you want to know who/how/why. But in the end, for me, there were a few too many loose ends. Maybe that was the point, to make you think a bit more, but I found it a little unsatisfying. Others may (and from other reviews do) disagree and that is their prerogative. For me, that mild un-satisfaction made it a three star not a four.