My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I had a really hard time finishing this audiobook. I’m not entirely sure if I would have had better success if I had read the book rather than listened, but I really struggled to stay engaged with the story line.
Set during and after an apocalyptic virus outbreak, the story was told from many different perspectives during many different time frames. Frankly, I found it difficult to follow with the constant change in time and character. In addition, for the majority of the book, I wasn’t quite sure how the various stories and characters intertwined. I will say that in the end, the story lines come together, but after being lost for so long, I still didn’t find it all that satisfying.
In stark contrast to my own review, I’ve read many other raving reviews, and chose to listen to this book because of recommendations from other readers I completely respect. So there is definitely a following for this book and a ton of people who really love the writing. It just wasn’t for me.
While I thought the concept was extremely interesting (I’m always up for an apocalyptic tale), I think the format of the book was the major downfall for me. Emily St. John Mandel’s writing was sophisticated and easy to follow, but for me, the story itself was not.