Sunday, January 22, 2012
The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
I was initially drawn to this book because I love the idea of apocalyptic satire, and I sensed that this book would take me there. It did. The idea is that "some" people were taken, disappeared with no rhyme nor reason, and the loved ones who were left over were expected to carry on and live their lives as normal. The characters in The Leftovers were well layered and not always predictable. I especially enjoyed following the intentions of a cult group called the Guilty Remnant, who were forced to watch people, wear white, and smoke. Many archetypal personalities are represented in this book. My favorite part was the last page--a one sentence surprise ending that was so sweet and pure, it pretty much sealed the deal for me.