Books I’ve Enjoyed: Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna
Six years after a pandemic devastates the human population, and the subsequent loss of much of the world’s technology, Chris Price finally makes it from New York to Britain to reunite with his brother. But unresolved grief over his dead wife and baby and the horrors he witnessed as he traveled through a changed world have damaged him. He struggles to let go of his past, accept the healing kindness of those around him, and let love back into his life.
I stayed up way too late last night reading Breakdown. (Always a sign of a good book when you just can’t go to bed.)
It started off very powerfully and I was hooked almost immediately. I started to get worried a little ways in. The book isn’t told all in chronological order, and when we slipped into memories of a few months prior I started to lose patience for a bit, I think mostly because I already knew the answer to one of the major questions in Chris’ mind at that point, about his family.
Don’t get me wrong, it was still good and I never wanted to give up on the book, I simply wasn’t driven to the point of not being able to put it down.
As we went further though I started to sink in deeper again, wondering how they would handle the conflicts that arose and I really came to care about more than just the main character.
I loved how Chris past unfurled little by little, and we got a heartbreaking picture of this broken man.
The writing was fantastic. The editing was perfect and the entire book just flowed.
I would have loved to have seen more to the epilogue.
The only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars is because of where it started to lose my attention just briefly in the middle.
If you like seeing characters take raw, emotional journeys I think you will enjoy this book. The only way I can imagine a reader being unsatisfied with this book is if they are looking for shocking, unexpected plot twists, that isn’t what this book is about. It’s about self discovery, and a full range of an emotional roller coaster.