my take: I read this shortly after I read Station Eleven, so at first it seemed like another post-apocolyptic story, when it’s really a post-nuclear meltdown story. (And some would argue that Station Eleven is not post-apocolyptic but rather post-pandemic. Whatever.)
The protagonist is a teenage girl whose parents both worked at a nuclear plant in Maine. The story is the fall out from the plant disaster … its effects on Emily as well as the landscape.
It’s one of those “what happened after the event” stories which I find interesting … I imagine the author reading of a newsworthy crisis and begins to wonder what happens to those lives caught in the vicinity of the tragedy.
my source: Heard Diane Rhem and company discussing it on NPR
my verdict: great read