Set in North America and Toronto, this novel is not about a post-apocalypse age full of explosions, battles and zombies. If you like zombies, this is not a novel for you. Thankfully, I don’t like zombies which is why I picked this book for my Kindle – and I’m glad I did.
The world as we know it has gone, millions across the world have been wiped out by a killer flu. Towns and cities are empty, there is no petrol, no electricity, no internet.
The novel flits between before and after the flu. From Day One – when the flu hit – to Year Twenty. We are also transported back to see the lives of the characters before the flu. The main character, Arthur Leander dies of a heart attack, on stage performing King Lear, in the first chapter. It is Day One and the world will never be the same again. But Arthur lives in the novel through flashbacks and the stories of the people that knew him are interwoven throughout the novel.
The settings are eerie and describe how it would be to live a world without everything that we take for granted. Where the only place for a mobile phone is in a museum.
Ultimately, I feel that it is a novel that offers hope, offers the idea that disaster can be survived and that Shakespeare will live on. I love the idea that a travelling company of musicians and actors can move from settlement to settlement performing Midsummer Night’s Dream. Where there is Shakespeare, there is life!