On Valentine’s Day, two major earthquakes strike San Francisco within the same hour, devastating the city and its primary entry points, sparking fires throughout, and leaving its residents without power, gas, or water.Writing
Among the disparate survivors whose fates will become intertwined are Max, a man who began the day with birthday celebrations tinged with regret; Vashti, a young woman who has already buried three of the people she loved most . . . but cannot forget Max, the one man who got away; and Gene, a Stanford geologist who knows far too much about the terrifying earthquakes that have damaged this beautiful city and irrevocably changed the course of their lives.
As day turns to night and fires burn across the city, Max and Vashti—trapped beneath the rubble of the collapsed Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium—must confront each other and face the truth about their past, while Gene embarks on a frantic search through the realization of his worst nightmares to find his way back to his ailing lover and their home.
The writing here is quite well done. I was impressed with many portions and found myself reading slowly to let them sink in. I reviewed Percer's first book and found it self-important in portions (see my review here) and I didn't get that in any way from this one. That said, I did find the characters in this one less appealing. I just didn't connect in any real way with any of them. I found the descriptions of setting and emotion to be the highlight of the book, as opposed to the characters or plot.
This one has a pretty slow start. I'm glad that I read it and I did enjoy the read, but it took me much longer than I expected because it does move very slowly. I was ready for an immediate entry into the action, particularly based on comparisons to Station Eleven, but the real events of the story don't truly start until you're almost halfway through the book. I recommend it for fans of descriptive writing and those who have an interest in the subject matter, but go into knowing that it isn't a page turner.
I'm torn on who I'd truly recommend this to. It was a good book and the experience reading it was fine - but it didn't connect with me on a deep level. I'm afraid that it'll be one that I've forgotten about by the end of the year. I'd say go into it knowing that it's slow-paced and full of description, much of which is beautifully written. But don't expect an unforgettable cast of characters or a zippy plot line.
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