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( Read Pdf ) Î Then ⚞ It was , the moment when everything stopped First there was the burning air, then came the darkness, the fire, and finally the frostNow, in a frozen, wasted London, a woman uncertain even of her own name is fighting to stay alive Along with a small group of fellow survivors, she takes refuge in an abandoned skyscraper in what was once the financial centre But spectres stalk the empty offices and endless corridors, and soon visions of a forgotten world emerge, a world of broken love and betrayal, and horrific, shocking mercies a world traumatic even than the desolate present Then is a novel of singular invention and bravery With it, Julie Myerson has created an echo chamber of the heartbreaking and the terrifying, and an enduring apocalyptic vision I was excited by the idea of this book, a post apocolyptic London and one woman s struggle to survive in this strange new world I was utterly disappointed I am not sure what this book was trying to do Was it an observation of the frailty of the human memory or just trying to be a clever book Whatever it was trying, for me it did not work I am sad I wasted three hours reading it, at least it was not. Then is not a post apocalyptic survival story The apocalyptic event, which is never fully explained, that led to London becoming a frozen wasteland sets the scene for the story, but this is fara literary mystery than a story of survival.The writing style itself is quite difficult to get used to it s quite bleak and time shimmers between the past and the present from paragraph to paragraph this is a book that I had to pay real attention to, otherwise I would have been constantly lost.I Then is not a post apocalyptic survival story The apocalyptic event, which is never fully explained, that led to London becoming a frozen wasteland sets the scene for the story, but this is fara literary mystery than a story of survival.The writing style itself is quite difficult to get used to it s quite bleak and time shimmers between the past and the present from paragraph to paragraph this is a book that I had to pay real attention to, otherwise I would have been constantly lost.Isobel has survived the event, simply described only as an unseasonably hot day that after a flash of light turns the world cold, and is sheltering in an office building with a man, and three teenagers Having lost her memory, and continuing to have some kind of amnesia, she initially has no recollection of the event, or even of what has occurred just hours before She is not particularly likable as a character, mainly because she has no memories to form a personality, likes or dislikes, and as she cannot remember nor really even distinguish between dreams and reality, she has an almost ghost like quality.Other characters fade in and out as the story progresses, and the whole book has a very ethereal but disjointed feeling The ending is particularly poignant, but this book has no real resolution, which almost makes it a little bit too clever for its own good This is not a fun read, nor action packed, but I did like the ghostly, discombobulated feel Yep, I ve been waiting years to use that word Readof my reviews at The Aussie Zombie I m about two thirds of the way through and I ve had these thoughts in my head for some time and I feel I need to record them now.Everyone keeps saying how gripping this book is, how disturbing, how powerful but I don t quite feel this the same way It s not so gripping that I can t put it down but it IS fascinating It s not so disturbing that I feel upset by it for apocalypses it s good but also a bit tame they re cold but not freezing, they re hungry but not driven to cannibalism, their wo I m about two thirds of the way through and I ve had these thoughts in my head for some time and I feel I need to record them now.Everyone keeps saying how gripping this book is, how disturbing, how powerful but I don t quite feel this the same way It s not so gripping that I can t put it down but it IS fascinating It s not so disturbing that I feel upset by it for apocalypses it s good but also a bit tame they re cold but not freezing, they re hungry but not driven to cannibalism, their world is falling apart yet there is a lot less chaos and brutality than I would expect Pardon the pun but for an apocalypse it s a bit cold and distracted.No, what IS fascinating about this story is the way it makes me feel like I m in someone s mind her mind Her world has fallen apart This cold, colourless landscape reflects her inability to feel emotions she comes across as cold, confused lost Her ghosts or hallucinations or flashbacks are the product of a broken mind And that s what makes the book disturbing to be inside a broken mind How much IS illusion, how much real You feel something terrible has happened and I m not just talKing about the end of the world She s done something terrible or has she Is she blaming herself Does she feel that somehow she s caused all this All is confused yet has a structure We ARE in a true wilderness here, the detritus and chaos of a broken mindAnd that is what makes this a truly brilliant bit of writing the fact that it can draw these feelings, these questions, out of me the fact that it can make me think about what all this is REALLY aboutAnd now I ve finished I have nothingto say I m going to give this 4 stars for now For the first part of this book, I was a bit confused as was the protagonist who is largely without memory, and living in an office high rise, after what would appear to be the end of the world as we know it Outside everything is frozen or on fire There is no electricity, no communications, and it would seem, very few people left alive This is the stuff nightmares are made of.I m going to say little else about the actual story here, other than the fa I m going to give this 4 stars for now For the first part of this book, I was a bit confused as was the protagonist who is largely without memory, and living in an office high rise, after what would appear to be the end of the world as we know it Outside everything is frozen or on fire There is no electricity, no communications, and it would seem, very few people left alive This is the stuff nightmares are made of.I m going to say little else about the actual story here, other than the fact that I am in AWE of the bravery of this author to have written this story To have explored this scenario as she did Sadly, I was away holidaying with other people when I read this and this is a novel where the horror of what s coming creeps up behind you, slowly, like a murderous lover You know it s coming, but you just can t turn around and make it stop The sort of book that really, really needs to be read where you know you will not be interrupted.As the final scenes in this book were tearing my heart out and smashing it, forcibly against the wall, and the rock in my throat was beginning to choke me someone entered the room and noticed I was a tad traumatised And they commented God, you get way too involved in the books you read they are meant to be escapism , and the moment was lost for me Damn it It s a bloody good book if I m involved It s what I lust after books that offer engagement, inspiration, insight, heart breaking, gut wrenching bloody INVOLVEMENT God damn it, don t waste a tree otherwise So, whilst I read it then, I need to read this again Soon Because it deserves to be felt again, deeply I don t have children, and this book has haunted me for over a week now I can t say what this would be like for a mother to read.And I can t imagine ever liking a moment of winter, ever again