Birgit Taucher Taucher de Põlma, Rapla County, Estonia
This was a very scary book - not like it was a horror or anything like that but that something like this is actual possible, more than possible, maybe even likely unless currently events are drastically altered. Nobody think more than a few hours ahead in their day to day lives. Nobody has more than a weeks worth of groceries on hand, the country would be sad, sad shape. William did a good job of showing what might happen if an event like this takes place - he didn't soften anything - it was just cold harsh reality. That's maybe why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. I wanted him to go in depth more, about who the main character's family was dealing with the situation. Like what they did on the Holidays if anything, were there not some good times? Just a few? Even in the great depression my great grandmother could remember good times, they were still poor but there some happy memories survived. Other than that - the story moved along, his writing was sound (I mean it wasn't jaw dropping, but he has the technical skill there), an the plot was good although at times seem disjointed - it all fit together but you're left wondering about things. He branched out and explored many different issues dealing with the human condition - how much can we take and still call ourselves human in the book he went beyond that the main character's constant struggle with not just retaining some shred of humanity but also some recollection of being an American - maybe a 18th Century American but one none the less. If anything like what happens in this book were to fall upon us I would hope that each community would have their own version of books main character to be our moral compass.