In the vein of The Leftovers, a man recounts the final weeks of his neighborhood before the apocalyptic event which only a few of the eccentric residents will survive.
Samuel Clark likes secrets. He wants to know
the hidden stories of the bizarre characters on the little streets of
Edinburgh, Scotland. He wants to know about a nymphomaniac, a man who
lives under a bridge, a girl with a cracked face. He wants to uncover
their histories because he has secrets of his own. He believes, as
people do, that he is able to change. He believes, as the whole world
does, that there is plenty of time to solve his problems. But Samuel
Clark and the rest of the world are wrong. Change and tragedy are going
to scream into his and everyone’s lives. It will be a great
transformation, a radical change; and it just might be worth the cost.
by a rising literary star whose work has been published in notoriously
selective publications such as n+1 and The Southern Review, The
Casualties is an ambitious debut novel that explores how we see
ourselves, our past and our possible futures. It asks the biggest
question: How can we be saved? @goodreads
I started out really loving this book, but somewhere along the way I
started getting confused with the way the author was writing back and
forth with people.
Overall I enjoyed reading about the different
characters in the story. There is Sam Clark that owns a bookstore.
Alasdair is a homeless man that sleeps under the bridge and yells out
cures and random strange things to people. You find out later who he
really is. Caitlin works at the charity clothes store next door to Sam's
bookstore. She also has issues with her face cracking. She goes to the
dermatologist once in the book, but nothing is ever rectified. Toby is a
grossly obese boy who's mom has to put locks on all of the cabinets and
refrigerator so he won't gorge himself. He seems to have some mental
issues and doesn't understand much, just eating. His mom can't take him
out for fear he will attack someone with food on them. Mrs. Maclean is a
teacher and she just wants to die. Rita and Sean are drunks that hang
out on the beach and on their favorite bench. Sinead is a nympho that
ends up being Toby's caregiver and for some reason she doesn't get
sexually crazy around him, thank God! Trudy is a prostitute that Sam
visits from time to time. There is a man that owns the store but his
name has gotten away from me, he visits Trudy too, but he's not good to
All of these people have strange little stories to tell in
the book. There are random people mentioned in the book that are very
curious as well.
This book is like a pre-apocalypse book. This
story is set in 2016 and supposedly a billion people die in 2017. You
have to keep on your toes in the book or you will get lost.
This all happens in a little town in Scotland called Comely Bank.
love how the author added pictures of people in the book. These
pictures come from an old family album Alasdair finds in the garbage.
They are old time pictures and I think they are great.
this book well enough because I love to read books about people and
their lives, even if it is just fiction. I didn't like getting confused
from time to time. Don't let my review take away from your wanting to
read it yourself because my confusion may not be yours :)
**I would like to thank NETGALLEY and ST. MARTIN'S PRESS for the opportunity to read an ARC of this book for my honest review.**