A city of the dead, a deadly virus, and a woman abandoned in Antarctica. This is the premise of Coastal Carolina’s 2010 Big Read book. The title may suggest this to be a book containing either nostalgic short stories of the recently deceased, or tales of blood thirsty zombies. However, Brokheimer’s novel focuses on humanity, and what it means to face the oblivion of a post apocalyptic world.
In this book we learn of a city filled with dead, but unforgotten people. These citizens are kept alive by the memories those still living on Earth. However, as a deadly virus sweeps through Earth, this parallel world begins to rapidly lose citizens.
This intriguing novel fluctuates between this city of the dead and planet Earth where research scientist, Laura Byrd, is alone in Antarctica. Abandoned by her colleagues, the reader follows her on her journey for other survivors of the deadly virus. Laura’s entrancing story of survival carries the reader’s interest from beginning to end, but perhaps the most striking premise is the reader’s realization that the only citizens left in the city of the dead are those remaining in Laura’s memory.
Brockmeier’s vivid storytelling is filled with wit and intricately woven characters. Though this novel is the story of one woman and an ethereal city of the dead, each reader will find themselves in this very human, multifaceted, and thought-provoking tale.
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