It is a post-apocalyptic story, but told in a hard-boiled, yet highly resonant literary style. The sentences are sharp, the character is hard and the environment is one of rapid change and ruin — but throughout there is also deep resistance. The book acts to massage you at your core, and every secondary character met along the way no matter how fleeting leaves a poignant stain on character and reader.
There is so much imagination at work in describing employment the character undertakes throughout the novel, and in his family situation, his love life, and his drive for physical and emotional survival.
There will always be meaning to a fleeting existence. The character is adamantly nonreligious, but there really is a spiritual essence in this book — in his personal ethical struggles, and the overriding hope within the bleakness. The character fights with his instinctual nature to steal, and to live for survival and himself alone.
There are also moments of pure imaginative fun — sexual encounters; a difficult and moving love story; a cocky kid the protagonist has to guard; the jobs; the conflict; and the pharmacopia.
One interesting thing to note — the setting of the book is unknown and never made explicit. Deer are mentioned, and some landscapes that seem North American, so it will also sell in that market, I presume, but my imagination still planted the story in Australia.
A kind of nowhere-land of modern Western civilisation and societal mores, politics, religions, etc. Another experience of reading this book, is the realisation that so much of it actually seems plausible.
It is rooted in a speculative framework, but it is very near-future, or even alternate future. Not to mention evolving illnesses and an ever-increasing cocktail of drugs.
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Things We Didn’t See Coming is haunting, restrained, and beautifully crafted—a stunning debut. About the Author Steven Amsterdam, is a native New Yorker who moved to Melbourne, Australia, in