Rating: 5 stars
I thoroughly enjoyed this, from start to finish! I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t YA, as I’d been expecting, but instead had a similar narrative voice to Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation, in which a female adult scientist is a part of a semi-suicidal mission where strange plants are involved as she recollects past experiences. Turns out it’s a style I really love.
Honestly, the only thing I didn’t care for in this was the idea that all of humanity would agree to evacuate because of an incoming astroid set on a path of global destruction. People don’t even believe in global warming, even though it’s a big part of why Australia is still on fire. A big amorphous ball in space is even less tangible, and I can definitely see governments denying that anything is wrong until the very last moment.
But ignoring that issue, this was a wonderfully told story about grief and coping and how life goes on, even when it seems it’s about to end. It’s profound and emotional. I absolutely loved it.
Buy the book here:
Amazon (it’s free to borrow if you have Prime, otherwise it’s $1.99 to buy!)