Overall Rating: Liked it!🌟
” Candace barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York. Then Shen Fever spreads. Families flee. Companies halt operations. The subways squeak to a halt. Her bosses enlist her as part of a dwindling skeleton crew with a big end-date payoff. Soon entirely alone, still unfevered, she photographs the eerie, abandoned city as the anonymous blogger NY Ghost.
Candace won’t be able to make it on her own forever, though. Enter a group of survivors, led by the power-hungry IT tech Bob. They’re traveling to a place called the Facility, where, Bob promises, they will have everything they need to start society anew. But Candace is carrying a secret she knows Bob will exploit. Should she escape from her rescuers?”
The main character, Candance, has an air of relatability to her that pulls you right into the story. You notice the world is crumbling around her almost as little as she does as the first hundred pages fly by. The relationships she forms with other survivors feel real too, each one will remind you of someone you know or knew, leaving you picturing what they might be like in the same situation – when everything that separates us is gone. Ling Ma’s writing will have you flipping page after page wanting to know what’s going to happen next when suddenly, the book is over.
If I had to give this book a rating on a star scale it would be a 3.5/5. All the bones were there to make this a really spectacular book but the ending really missed the mark for me. The story ends in what feels like the middle with way too many unanswered questions for me to be satisfied with it as a standalone novel. I don’t know if there are any plans for a follow-up book but if there is, it’s one I will definitely be picking up.