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Of course, he does just that, and as he is trying to tell them that they must up-sticks, leave everything and follow him into the mountains to live in a cave, the earthquake happens.
The story is in part about the hazardous journey to the "sanctuary" in the mountains, but also about the dynamics of having 40 people who only know each other vaguely, suddenly having to rely on each other in order to survive. The cave is sealed, and there is no way out. But there is clean water and the means to grow food, and after a while they have to accept they are there for the long term, without any knowledge of what is happening in the outside world. Has a fire consumed everything? Or a tsunami? There is no way of knowing.
This could be a disaster of a story, or a story about a disaster, but in the end it is neither. It is about what it is to be human, and the need to get along, and trust, and faith. Weiss isn't afraid to kill off seemingly main characters, therefore shifting the balance just as you begin to think it all sounds a bit domestic and cosy. And in the end, she offers a satisfying solution to a predicament that seems impossible to solve.
I really enjoyed this book. It was an uneasy mix of family drama, casual horror and desperation, but for me it worked. The dialogue didn't feel stilted, and I really felt a sense of place. It isn't literary fiction, but human fiction that felt unnervingly like real life at times.
I really recommend you check out the video trailer on the author's website. It's stunning.