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Not Alone

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It's something she never would have risked, if it weren't for a renewed glimmer of hope that her lost fiancé, Jack, may not have died during the storm as she previously believed.

She is clearly suffering from post-traumatic stress, both from the storm and from the assault, and their isolation has only made things worse. I'm not sure how to rate this, because as I enjoyed the plot of the book, there was so many things I did not enjoy about this book.There’s been a microplastic storm and Katie and her young son Harry have been stranded in isolation for five years in their small flat in London. That is not intended to make the narrator sound bad, because I actually thought the narrator was pretty good, but the combination of her voice and a whiny 5 year old boy made this an excruciatingly painful experience. It reads like an adventure story that somehow manages to be both bleak and hopeful, and there is an intense immediacy to the narrative that makes it impossible to stop reading. Michaelides seems also to be dipping into the world of Edgar Allan Poe, offering an unreliable narrator who feels more like a literary exercise. So she goes off and drags her kid through all these dangers and hazards where she might die and leave him alone at any time.

In that sense, it’s quite a provincially British novel and may remind some readers how modern British culture sees their tiny island nation as having an oversized impact on the world. The details and descriptions were incredible, as though the author had experienced the events herself. Though she’s tried to protect herself from the poisonous dust outdoors, she’s beginning to feel her lungs burn when she exerts herself.

After a microplastic storm devastates the world and leaves Katie and her five-year-old son Harry as two of the few survivors in England, they must learn to live in isolation.

But it's really painfully bleak, so I don't know if I'd necessarily recommend it or to whom I would. Indeed, the novel does double duty as a survival manual, packed full of good advice—for instance, try not to get wounded, for “injury turns you from a giver to a taker. The _ga cookie, installed by Google Analytics, calculates visitor, session and campaign data and also keeps track of site usage for the site's analytics report. I wanted to know more about the microplastic storm, have it connect more firmly with what we're currently experiencing.Would any mother, having found a caring couple to carry on living with, decide to make a life threatening journey to scotland in the faint hope that the man she loves is still alive and she can find him. She won't teach her son anything about the "Before" times, and when she meets people who are nice to her, she's rude and acts like a spoiled brat. Towards the end, I was feeling an impatience to reach their final destination and find out if Katie’s fiancé was alive after all, but once I reached the end, it all felt worth it.

Katie is a weak little woman who can't even bear to think about the past in any way and spends half the time mooning over her lost fiancee that she needs more than life itself, apparently. The story weaves through their journey, but also looks into Katie's past, so we get a glimpse of who the important people in her life really were, including Jack. The car driving, all those chapters, they were driving but then stuck almost driving off into the water? I also found Katie a sympathetic lead--her struggle to raise a child, especially given the circumstances leading up to and involving his birth, and keep him safe in this new environment, and trying to find a balance in keeping him safe and teaching him how to cope was both heartbreaking and solid.It was annoying to me that he had spent so much energy in trying to prepare her to come and find him rather than devising a plan to get back to her.

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