If you just hear the title of this book, you think it's just another cheesy romance, but you'd be totally wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed this book from beginning to end, and the main reason I enjoyed it so much was because of Elizabeth Percer's eloquent, beautiful, GORGEOUS writing. It flows so well and is so wonderfully written. The story was engaging as well--what drew me to the book originally was its comparison to Station Eleven--which I loved--and it is very similar in a lot of ways. What I liked about this book in relation to that comparison was that it wasn't quite as far fetched--a devastating earthquake hitting San Francisco is absolutely, and unfortunately, plausible--and that made the book easier to relate to for me. Several times I found myself thinking about where I am at different parts of the day and what it would be like to experience the earthquake there and potentially be trapped. Like Gene, for instance, who experience the earthquake in the middle of a traffic jam on the freeway. Or max, in an auditorium that completely collapses.
I loved the character and the different perspectives. The book mainly followed Max and Vashti, who have a complicated history together, as well as Gene, a University professor. I related to all of them, really, which I feel is an attribute of a great writer.
Yes, there are love stories in this book, but it also explores so many themes and issues completely relevant in today's society. I absolutely recommend this book if you're looking for a book that has a deeper meaning and makes you think!
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