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Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind

A Novel

Book - 2020
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Amanda and Clay head to a remote corner of Long Island expecting a vacation: a quiet reprieve from life in New York City, quality time with their teenage son and daughter, and a taste of the good life in the luxurious home they've rented for the week. The houseowners, Ruth and G. H., arrive in the middle of the night in a panic. They say a sudden blackout has swept the city: the TV and internet are down, and no cell phone service. Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other? -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York, NY : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062667632
Branch Call Number: FICTION ALAM
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jun 16, 2021

I had difficulty staying with the lengthy descriptions of everyone's emotional status, but the real downfall for me? Just when the tale becomes interesting, you turn the page and it's "the end".
What the heck? No logic to the ending.

Jun 07, 2021

It's an interesting read, but not the smoothest. I felt the author would switch from dialogue to little tangents about the characters that made me reread like "wait, was that dialogue?" or it made me forget what was currently happening in the story. A little all over the place and the ending drops the ball for sure.

May 26, 2021

This book is not my cup of tea. First the author describes things in three different adjectives, like he wants the words to pop you. It reminded me of Poetry Slam. And he is like the narrator. The character and the plot go along and are interesting, until the end. The end seems like a slap in the face. Like I made you read this whole book and this is what you get. I do think the idea was good, but written poorly.

May 16, 2021

I got lost in this book and struggled to finish it. For some reason, the author felt it important to use a lot of superfluous wording which had me questioning the gist of the prose.
Maybe for other people, but not a book for me.

May 07, 2021

So overrated

May 03, 2021

This book sounded intriguing. Unfortunately, the actual book is not nearly as good as I expected. It is definitely not “spectacular.”

First, I did not like the writing style of the author—it was too casual and slangy.

Second, I did not like Amanda and Clay and their children, who are self-centered, privileged people. They are tiresome. Ruth and G.H. are more interesting, but not enough to save this book. I did not care about any of these people.

Third, this turned out to be one of those books about a major catastrophe in the world, and how the characters react to it, except that the actual catastrophe does not impact these characters directly in most ways. The author keeps giving us teasers about what is going on in the rest of the world, but the remote house in which these people are staying never loses electricity or water, and they have plenty of food. They are afraid of the unknown, but they also seem to think their home and neighborhood are intact. I kept reading to see what would happen (and what HAD happened), and the ending was abrupt and disappointing.

Fourth, given that we are still living with a global pandemic that has subjected us to fear and uncertainty for 14 months to date, I am really not interested in reading a book about people experiencing fear and uncertainty. I have been there and done that.

Finally, this book was not convincing or well written. There are better books out there about catastrophes and how people react to them. I have read a couple of them, and they are terrifying. It is truly shocking how quickly civilization falls apart when electricity disappears, or water no longer runs, and the supply chain is disrupted. Most of us are ill equipped to deal with having to feed and take care of ourselves if something like that happens.

So I give this book one half a star. Please do not waste your time reading this book when there are so many better books out there. Read Klara and the Sun instead!

Apr 28, 2021

I was put off a bit by Rumaan Alam’s writing style in “Leave the World Behind”. I thought about skipping if after the 1st couple chapters, but then the mystery and meat of the story came into play. I ended up loving this story of an ordinary family vacationing in an isolated home and experiencing the end of the world as we know it.

Apr 25, 2021

The first few chapters had me groaning, "Ugh, what horrible people." Then through the middle of the book, I was white-knuckling it: "What horrible things are going to happen to these people?!?" And then it ended, and I found myself wondering, "Um, what just happened???" But a week after turning the book into the library, I'm still thinking about this odd little story quite a bit. I'm not sure I liked it, but it sure gave me lots to think about.

Apr 21, 2021

The plot had so much potential. A family rents an Airbnb and a day later the owners show up. Mistrust! Drama! That part was good (except for the too detailed account on the woman shopping for groceries...OMG boring ). Anyway, it quickly goes sideways and weird stuff starts happening that has nothing to do with the second family showing up. Lots and lots of unanswered questions. Even 1 page or half a page for an actual ending would have been better. When I finished reading it I seriously thought there were some pages missing. I hate when authors just kind of leave everything dangling....and not every book needs a proper ending....but this by far is one of the worst ' non-endings' I've ever read. Save yourself some time and read something else. Good thing I got it from the library and I didn't pay for it! (Thank you VPL)

Apr 16, 2021

I almost DNF'ed this little book because it was so weird. I couldn't tell if it was being ironic or ridiculous or if the odd narrative was a style choice or social commentary. I wasn't even sure what genre it was trying to be. I'm so glad I let go and allowed it to be what it was-- calculated and exceptional and unexpected and comedic and honest. And deeply unsettling and yes, weird. Outstanding.

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Nov 26, 2020

We're all machines...You get to choose the nature of the machine you are. We're all machines, but some of us are smart enough that we get to determine our programming.

Nov 26, 2020

You never know when a time is the last time, because if you did you could never go on with life.


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CRRL_GeriP Jun 16, 2021

Not sure of the point of this story. I was not bored with the story so I had no problem finishing it, but I am wondering about the purpose or point of this.


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