This book kept me reading it from the time I opened it until I finished.
The plot revolves around a pandemic flu strain and how it affects one family. The parents have spent the previous year separated, divorce papers have just arrived ready to be signed, when the dad returns back to the family home with his pretty assistant in tow.
The author sensitively and thoughtfully explores through both main and supporting characters the difficult decisions that we would need to face in this type of situation. Does family come before community? How far would you go to protect your family? Is any one family member more important than any other or others? How do ethics and morality chance when a sneeze can be life threatening, utilities such as electricity and water are not guaranteed, and the food supply is iffy at best?
I loved the author's choice to deal with the subject matter on a microcosm level. It made the book far more compelling to me than it might have been otherwise, since that is how we would experience the situation if it were to occur.
A well-written and engaging book. I thoroughly recommend it.