A thrilling and constantly engaging read, As We Know It asks a pretty searching question: how would we react if caught in a natural disaster of apocalyptic proportions? That’s just what happens to Elena, who’s in the wrong place at the wrong time when an earthquake hits the California coastal town where she’s taking a break to get over her fiancée, followed up by a tsunami. It’s a devastating event that has effects all up the coast. In fact, the aftershocks continue throughout the book, both literal and figurative. Elena’s destiny becomes bound up with Vincent, a gruff homeless veteran who, at their first meeting, pickpockets her, and Naveen, a barista in the café they’re in when the quake hits.
The rest of the book then becomes about Vincent trying to get back to his estranged family and Elena trying to get back home when she doesn’t know if she still has a home to go to. Vincent has plenty of survival chops to help them endure their journey through the wild, but it’s Elena who undergoes the most interesting transformation. A bundle of neuroses with body confidence issues, as the narrator she frequently protests her ill-preparedness and ineptitude for dealing with what surrounds her but constantly surprises both us and herself with how resourceful she actually turns out to be. This inevitably leads us to wonder how we would cope in similar circumstances if it comes down to a life-or-death situation, having to rely on our wits and cut off from all the comfort and trappings of modern life. Butler keeps the pace pretty relentless throughout and I had to keep reading to find out the outcome for these very likeable characters. Recommended!
- フォーマット： Kindle版
- ファイルサイズ： 4211 KB
- 推定ページ数： 245 ページ
- 同時に利用できる端末数: 無制限
- 販売： Amazon Services International, Inc.
- 言語: 英語
- ASIN: B01N0HCSBM
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能）: 有効
- Word Wise: 有効
- カスタマーレビュー: 評価の数 27
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