Leave the World Behind

Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam was a scary and un-put-down-able read. I read it in two hours and felt tense and unsettled the whole time. I have read that you either love this one or hate it. And I loved it. There were definite issues with it, but overall, the author was so successful at making you feel tense and want to keep reading that I fell into the camp of love. “Amanda and Clay head out 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. But a late-night knock on the door breaks the spell. Ruth and G. H. are an older couple—it’s their house, and they’ve arrived in a panic. They bring the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city. But in this rural area—with the TV and internet now down, and no cell phone service—it’s hard to know what to believe. Should Amanda and Clay trust this couple—and vice versa? What happened back in New York? Is the vacation home, isolated from civilization, a truly safe place for their families? And are they safe from one other?” (Amazon) I can certainly see how you could hate this read and the ending annoyed me, but it was great couple hours of reading.

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