Review: The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

The LeftoversThe Leftovers by Tom Perrotta

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A good book, but not at all what I was expecting. I saw the first couple episodes of the show, and it seemed pretty exciting, but while it followed the details of the book for the most part, they weren’t the same. The book is character driven rather than plot driven. Nothing really happens, you just follow some characters for a year or so and see how they are coping after the rapture.

It’s interesting enough, and certainly has my attention for the HBO series. I just wish there was a book version of the tv show.

The characters are mostly relatable, but even so, I think there is a bit of a disconnect between thoughts and behaviour for some of the characters. Maybe I was just hoping for something darker, grittier, and less life-goes-on.

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