Robinson Crusoe meets adult Lord of the Flies
Another post-apocalyptic tale … have we had enough of these yet? Apparently not. Luckily, Peter Heller’s writing style is fresh and engaging and brings readers into the psyche of the main character almost before they know it. From there, it’s an easy trip to perceiving how Hig resists the decline of the small remaining population and retains hope amid the overwhelming losses of both tangibles and his inner humanity. This book is thought-provoking and, as other reviewers have mentioned, quite poetic. It also has a good balance of the solemn and the ludicrous. At times, it moved a bit slowly for me, but that seems to be part of its point — life is often slow when all you have it time. After depressing glimpses of the population that’s left — either sickly and dying or Mad-Max-ish marauders — the unresolved ending provides hope for the future.