Atlantic Monthly. Sept. 2017. 544p. tr. from Afrikaans by K.L. Seegers. ISBN 9780802126627. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780802189196. F
Meyer, known for his South Africa-set thrillers and detective novels ("Benny Griessel" series), moves into the postapocalyptic genre with his latest murder mystery. Also set in South Africa, this novel takes place in the aftermath of a devastating epidemic. Nico, who was only 14 when a rogue virus ran riot, recalls the circumstances that led to his father's murder years later. Although primarily told from Nico's point of view, the narrative also gathers the stories of various inhabitants of Amanzi, the community founded by his father, offering other perspectives. The Amanzians face many challenges—limited and dwindling resources, wild animals, scavenging motorcycle gangs, as well as discord within the group as it grows and adapts.
VERDICT Tense, intriguing, and surprising, this thriller is a solid choice for readers who enjoy well-researched and detailed survival stories.
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