The Things That Keep Us Here

The Things That Keep Us Here

Book - 2010
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When a deadly pandemic strikes, Ann Brooks' town is locked down and, as time passes, she is forced to confront her failing marriage and fight for survival as resources dwindle and neighbor turns against neighbor.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780440245094
0440245095
9780440246046
Characteristics: 406 p. ;,25 cm.

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EljayJohnson
Jul 27, 2019

H5N1 is devastating the planet and the reader sees it all through the experiences of one little family in Ohio. Buckley does a great job with immediacy; her reader can really feel the claustrophobia and isolation of quarantine, the backbreaking labor of living without modern conveniences, and the emotional exhaustion of constant vigilance. The breakdown of civilized society is slow and realistic, unlike many novels of the apocalyptic genre. She wrote a particulary effective epilogue, which added more to the story than a this-is-what-happened-to-everyone exposition. One last comment: this is further proof that my bird phobia isn't as unfounded as it appears. Highly recommended.

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SuzeParker
May 06, 2019

Reading The Things That Keep Us Here, there's the sense of living in the house with Peter and Ann as they experience the uncertainty of trying to survive through a pandemic. Tensions run high. I felt tense throughout the reading of the book, too.

What the book failed to do was to create a sense of the sheer terror of a true pandemic. It's clear things are very bad. It's just that, in reality, things likely would be even worse. Food and other basic necessities surely would run out even sooner; gangs and looting surely would be rampant in the suburbs, as well as in urban centers; rodents, mentioned as a possibility that never materializes, surely would be a reality. While the book did make me feel I was experiencing the pandemic as the characters faced it, it could have gone further in depicting a more terrifying - and likewise more realistic - situation.

dollfacecrafter Jul 17, 2012

AWESOME READ, engrossing story

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mochacinos
Jun 28, 2012

This is an amazing book!! It is soo well written and engrossing! I read it in one sitting because I could not put it down! It really gives you a lot to think about.

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jeckert
Mar 28, 2010

What would happen if a pandemic threatened the health of humans throughout the world?

What if a virus that doesn't normally affect humans or that typically isn't serious suddenly becomes lethal and quickly spreads across the population?

What if the initial steps taken by countries across the globe fails to isolate it?

What if cities across the country go into lock-down - schools and businesses close, and travel is banned?

And finally: what if, on top of all this, your area is hit by a severe snow storm that blankets everything with deep snow and knocks out the power?

What makes this a good book isn't just the story, it is the eerie fact that something like this could actually happen today. Pandemics, such as the one that occurred in 1918, are a real and scary phenomena, and the author realistically illustrates what such an event would look like in modern times.

This is the best book I've read so far this year (as of April 2010) which is why I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a good read. Unless, of course, you happen to be a paranoid germ-o-phobe, in which case you may want to reconsider!

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