Six years after a pandemic devastates the human population, Chris Price having lost his wife and infant daughter, finally finds the will to make the trip from New York to Britain to, hopefully, reunite with his brother and close family friends. But will the horrors Chris has been witness to and unresolved grief over his dead wife and baby have changed him too much? Can he let go of his past, unlock his heart, and learn to find love again?
Breakdown by Katherine Amt Hanna is a wonderful character driven story of a man who has survived a pandemic that devastated the world and also nearly destroyed the life of our protagonist. Chris Price was on the brink of suicide after losing his wife and daughter to the virus that swept over the Earth, but he ultimately chooses life instead and heads to Britain in search of family. However, the world has changed and with the changing world, Chris finds that not only have the people changed, but Chris himself changes.
Chris comes across various people on his journey to find his family. Some are “met” in flashbacks as he tells his story and some are “met” in present day situations. Hanna’s character development for Breakdown is spot on, in my opinion. Through Chris’s recollections a sense of understanding is developed of just how disgusting some of the people he dealt with were to those around them and, of course there were the few kind and helpful folks, as well.
Breakdown is a fantastic tale and one I HIGHLY recommend to all readers who enjoy a story of a person on the edge of losing all and the people who help to show him that life can go on.
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