After a deadly virus wipes out all of humanity, Laura Byrd is the only person left. She is isolated in Antarctica, shielded from the virus, but also from humanity. Meanwhile, everyone who dies lives in a fantastic city on another plane. They do not age or suffer from illness, but remain there only while someone they know is alive. The survivors realize they only exist because of their connection to Laura, who herself is fighting for her life. I liked this book a lot. It made me think a lot about the connections between people and how everyone we meet is affected by that meeting in some way. It also might make the reader really think about life and death, and what kind of imprint we leave on the world. I would recommend this book to fans of science fiction and fantasy, but also people with a more esoteric worldview. It is a very unique read.
In The City, an afterlife world inhabited by the recently departed as long as they remain in the memories of the living, Marion and Phillip Byrd find themselves falling in love again after decades of marriage, while on Earth, their daughter, Laura, is stranded alone in an Antarctic research station, cut off by extreme weather. By the author of The Truth About Celia. Reader's Guide available. Reprint.