I’m not sure I can give this book enough praise. It’s nothing like anything else I’d read in 2021, and if it’s being compared to other post-pandemic novels of the apocalyptic variety, it’s because readers are weary of the dreaded. derivative COVID-diaries. This incredibly prolific collection of short stories is anything but derivative. It’ll take up space in my mind forever and remains firmly lodged into my top ten.
A collection of short stories within the same world, featuring interconnected characters, sometimes thousands of years apart —these touching, riveting sci-fi stories of normal people overcoming peril, brings out the best of what humanity has to offer and puts it on display with pinpoint precision and stunning beauty.
I listened to the audiobook as I did dishes, tidied up the kitchen, divided the laundry into lights and darks. I can still see the repetitive motions my hands made as I conducted small labors of love while listening to the stories of unfathomable loss, admirable strength, epic feats of human compassion, through an apocalyptic disease that seemed exaggerated and yet horribly real. I felt it all so deeply as I listened that I lost track of time, and my house was so clean.
Thanks and recognition to NetGalley for the prepublication. This novel releases on January 18, 2022.