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Publisher Description

DAY ONE - The Georgia Flu explodes over the surface of the earth like a neutron bomb. News reports put the mortality rate at over 99%.

WEEK TWO - Civilization has crumbled.

YEAR TWENTY - A band of actors and musicians called the Travelling Symphony move through their territories performing concerts and Shakespeare to the settlements that have grown up there. Twenty years after the pandemic, life feels relatively safe. But now a new danger looms, and he threatens the hopeful world every survivor has tried to rebuild.

Fiction & Literature
1 September
Pan Macmillan UK
Macmillan Publishers Australia and Pan Macmillan Australia

Customer Reviews

Amandarin88 ,

A masterpiece when it all comes together

This book starts off a little bit slow, and a bit dry but is a brutal masterpiece of pathos and connection.
The first half was unsatisfying and not really fun to read because at times it limped along slowly and erratically, jumping around characters instead of giving continuity, or allowing thorough engagement with the characters but it was worth persisting for the finale and its intensity of emotions.
It’s not a “fun” or heavily dark and thrilling post apocalyptic read, as the pace struggles somewhat, it’s heavy on realism; but it is beautifully crafted and satisfyingly tidy at the end as it builds towards conclusion.
The end is powerful and worth the slow build.

Jesskrel ,

An amazing read

This is a great story which explores so many great themes - the meaning of love in relationships and families, loss, memory and the pursuit of beauty whilst trying to survive without in a post apocalyptic world. I really loved this book and it will stay with me for a long time. Can't wait to read it again!

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