This insomniac's opinion:
The fact that I read this novel at all is a testament to Goodreads, because this is a novel that I would have never chosen on my own. However, it keep popping up in listopia lists and on my friends Goodreads lists and when I saw it at the library, it seemed to be kismet.
Before I tell you what I thought of this novel, a bit of a warning. The author has no regard for punctuation. At all. So if proper placement of punctuation is very important to you, or if utter lack of punctuation bothers you, this may not be the novel for you. I struggled with the lack of quotation marks and commas and the excess of periods, at first. After a few chapters, however, I think this unique punctuation was helpful in "hearing" the protagonist's voice.
As you can imagine, with this being an apocalyptic novel, the world is very bleak and unforgiving. I am someone that cringes at physical violence, so the scenes where people are killed were very tough for me to stomach. I realize that these scenes were crucial to the novel, however.
I very much enjoyed this novel, somewhat to my surprise. Even in this, the bleakest of worlds, it showed that what matters is friendship, love and connection to others. I always love to find beauty in the midst of suffering.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Rating: 4 stars