Review: The Sunlight Pilgrims 

Synopsis:

The stunning new novel from the highly-acclaimed author of The Panopticon
It’s November of 2020, and the world is freezing over. Each day colder than the last. 

There’s snow in Israel, the Thames is overflowing, and an iceberg separated from the Fjords in Norway is expected to drift just off the coast of Scotland. As ice water melts into the Atlantic, frenzied London residents evacuate by the thousands for warmer temperatures down south. But not Dylan. Grieving and ready to build life anew, he heads north to bury his mother’s and grandmother’s ashes on the Scottish islands where they once lived.
Hundreds of miles away, twelve-year-old Estella and her survivalist mother, Constance, scrape by in the snowy, mountainous Highlands, preparing for a record-breaking winter. Living out of a caravan, they spend their days digging through landfills, searching for anything with restorative and trading value. When Dylan arrives in their caravan park in the middle of the night, life changes course for Estella and Constance. Though the weather worsens, his presence brings a new light to daily life, and when the ultimate disaster finally strikes, they’ll all be ready.
Written in incandescent, dazzling prose, The Sunlight Pilgrims is a visionary story of courage and resilience in the midst of nature’s most violent hour; by turns an homage to the portentous beauty of our natural world, and to just how strong we can be, if the will and the hope is there, to survive its worst.

– NPR “Best Books of 2016” – Family Matters, Identity & Culture, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Tales from Around the World 


Rating: 3-stars

Review:

The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenny Fagan was interesting. I thought it might be as epic as The Day After Tomorrow. But it felt flat. The characters were the best part of this book. I liked the whole apocalypse idea except it didn’t seem as threatening in this book as it should have. Instead, it was more focused on the emotional journey of the characters as they lived through the storm. Climate change comes quickly. It’s a topic that nails my attention immediately. Winter storm brewing…into the worst disaster. A doom lingering near but not close enough. Meaning it was happening…the effect just didn’t hit it quite well. The struggles of the characters kept me reading. The plot dragged. This book, was my first impression of Jenny Fagan as a writer. While she had a great idea, I just didn’t feel sucked into it like I should have. I have heard her other books are good, so I will not give up on this writer’s work. If you enjoy reading disasters that are more detailed on the characters internal conflicts, than this is a must read. Overall, The Sunlight Pilgrims was okay. 

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