Here’s the thing about this book that you must know before you start it…you will not be able to put it down. I truly mean that. A friend of mine and I decided to read it and she got a head start on me. By the time I was starting it she only had about 40 pages to go and I thought, “well we will have to wait at least a couple days to talk about it while I read it.” I started reading it at about 6 in the evening and I finished it at 1:30 in the morning. I could not stop turning the page. Even when I was scared (which you will be), even when I was tired (I was) I absolutely had to know what was coming next.
I don’t even know where to truly start with this book because it’s almost in a league of it’s own. On the surface it’s a typical survival in the time of an apocalypse story but deep down it’s much more than that. It’s fascinating, gruesome, haunting, terrifying, emotional, heartbreaking, and so much more. The writing and the type of story that it was reminded me very much of Station Eleven but this book was much, much darker.
If you’ve ever read or watched anything set after civilization as we know it ceases to exist you probably try and imagine what you would do in that world. Could you survive? You tend to not ever wonder about what it would be like if every single person left lost one of their senses though. It makes the book that much more harrowing to think that somehow they have to navigate this world completely blind.
In a way you’re left almost as completely blind as the characters in the story which adds to the intensity of reading the book. You have no idea what is out there. You have no idea what causes people to go mad just from looking at it for a second.
It’s a fascinating tale of survival and love and friendship and some of the darkest things imaginable that you won’t soon forget. There are certain scenes that will stay with you long after you’ve finished and some that you might wish you could forget but it is so worth the read. The author is actually in a band called The High Strung and while normally people say don’t quit your day job I truly hope Josh doesn’t stop writing. I would gladly pick up anything else written by him.