The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele (4 out of 5)

I was reading about this in some newsletter about upcoming to-read books for the summer. I loved the cover, and after reading the synopsis, I really loved the idea of it. I also thought it might be a good book for The Literature Bandits, the store’s official book club. After I realized there is an apocalyptic slant to it, I rethought that. I think there are only two of us in the Bandits who would really enjoy that genre. By this point, I had received an advance from Lauren at Algonquin, the publisher. I wasn’t sure if she was still there, so I had emailed Mark, a rep who covers Algonquin, and asked him to get me a copy. I was so excited to get this! Thank you to Mark and Lauren for the book. It’s being released on July 8, 2019.

In circumstances less than ideal, Carson makes his way on foot, across country, to Beatrix, a woman he met and fell head over heels for during a visit to his school. What circumstances? Total economic collapse and the electrical grid is down. Think about not being able to contact your loved ones. Or not being able to tune into the TV news. Or call someone. How many things we have that we really do take for granted. If that vanished, what would you do? What would any of us do? Carson and Beatrix are about to find out, on opposite sides of the country. Whether or not they make it may not only depend on the chaos unfolding around them, but on a teenage girl named Rosie. Rosie is with her grandma, who is traveling to a End-Times preacher, Jonathan Blue (that’s a snake oil salesman name if I ever heard one!) who is all over the airwaves sprouting his word to the believers. Rosie is making decisions, questioning things, and having all sorts of visions. How does all of this fit in with Carson trying to get to his love? You have to read it to find out, dear reader.

I liked so many things about this book that I’m not sure where to begin. The sense of community and fellowship in times of the world turning off. The way that Eisele brought in this incredibly interesting teen girl who may hold multiple keys to the solution in the puzzle box. How realistic this world felt, and how thought provoking it was, how much perspective it put out there. It was a scary book when you scratch that surface! But I’ll tell you something, reader. Eisele has given us a pretty good idea of how bad shit is going to get. Yet, there’s the backbone of the story; the love story between Carson and Beatrix. I thought to myself that this might be some hokey shit, but it was totally believable. You’re rooting for those crazy kids! I think this will be a great book for a book club when it’s released, or just anyone who wants to read an uplifting story of people trying to survive a catastrophe on a global scale.

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~ by generationgbooks on April 22, 2019.

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