Literary Friday: A Matter of Days

Synopsis according to Goodreads:
"Their new reality begins in just a matter of days. 
On Day 56 of the Blustar Pandemic, sixteen-year-old Nadia’s mother dies, leaving Nadia to fend for herself and her younger brother, Rabbit. Both have been immunized against the virus, but they can’t be protected from what comes next. Their father taught them to “be the cockroach”—to adapt to and survive whatever comes their way. And that’s their mission.
Facing a lawless world of destruction and deprivation, Nadia and Rabbit drive from Seattle to their grandfather’s compound in West Virginia. The illness, fatigue, and hunger they endure along the way will all be worth it once they reach the compound. 
Unless no one is waiting for them..."

A Matter of Days is a middle-grade story about surviving after a worldwide plague decimates the population. It’s not poorly written, but reading this as an adult was lackluster.

A lot of the interesting details were glossed over, and the past tense narrative killed any sense of tension or suspense. It’s happy endings all around, with expected conflicts and one-dimensional explorations of emotion.

Not bad, I suppose, if you’re 10 and have never considered what it would be like to live in a post-apocalyptic world. Otherwise, it just wasn’t very engaging.

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