First off, I can’t believe this book is a debut book. Erik’s story telling is amazing, it is hard to carve a unique story in a genre that has been so over done in recent years but here this story is. Despite covid I still love a good epidemic book and this one was just perfect.
Erik thought about things I didn’t even consider such as communes being set up by the worst humanity has to offer, what happens to the animals in captivity and questioning your sexuality. I think this is one of the more believable end of civilisation books I’ve read in a while, and I loved every second of the ride.
Erik’s really has thought everything through as much as we would all like to think differently not everyone turns into a bad ass in the end of civilisation. Could you really just flip your personality from a normal person to killer in a matter of days, could you really 100% justify killing someone and tell yourself it was self-defence. Quick reminder we are all a villain in someone’s story and some idiot will use the collapse of civilisations to purge like the movies.
I found this story hard to put down and I read it in one sitting I laughed, and my stomach dropped, but I didn’t cry. Next time Erik. Erik skilfully captures the resilience of the human spirit, reminding us that even in the face of unimaginable hardship, love is a thing and so is basic humanity.
The dual narrative from both Jamie and Andrew was simply perfect and never felt muddled as both their voices are so distinctive. They find comfort in each other's company, are remarkably well-developed and relatable. That being said they both had their past demons they were keeping from each other in fear of it changing their relationship. Their complex emotions and genuine struggles provided a human element to the story that I loved. Both Jamie and Andrew make good and bad decisions though out the book in a world where their own safety is unknown, and they are still growing up.
I loved watching them slowly open up and go from hesitant strangers, becoming companions and friends, and seeing them understand that knowing the more intimate and hard parts of each other actually helped their relationship blossom into something far greater. They fell in love in the most raw and vulnerable way it was great reading the reveal.
I cant wait to see what Erik J. Brown does without spoilers I have already written up my review for Lose you find me and dear Reader add Erik to your TBR.