“Survival is insufficient.”
After an outbreak of a deadly disease that killed 99% of world’s population, civilisation collapses. The book tells a story of an actor, who died before the collapse, his wife, his best friend, a man who was trying to save him and a girl who is a member of Traveling Symphony – a group of people who travel from town to town to perform, to bring the survivors a glimmer of joy, a sliver of hope.
The author’s prose is simple, but beautiful and captivating.
Every character in this book is masterfully crafted. They are deep and complex, three-dimensional. They have the things that drive them, things that they desire. The characters are so well-written, that they seem very real, very human. Their struggles and problems are relatable, their motives are easy to understand. That’s all you could ever want from a book.
When it comes to the plot, there really isn’t a lot going on. It’s definitely a character driven novel. Though the thing that brought me the most joy in this book was the way the fates of all of the characters, who seemingly have nothing in common, have intertwined. It was done so well, I am still speechless.
It’s a beautiful story about people fighting to keep their humanity in a world where it sometimes feels impossible. If you are looking for an action packed book, you might want to pick something else. But if you are interested in thought-provoking, deep, emotional read – look no further. I would have never thought that the story about an apocalypse can be so touching. It’s definitely a book that’s going to stay with me for a while.