3-1/2 out of 5 stars. Translated from French.
I purchased this audiobook because I'm into apocalyptic/dystopian books and thought from the cover that this is what the book would be about. It's slightly like that. There's an outbreak of the bubonic plague in a town in Algeria which ends up being cut off from the outside world until it ends. So, an American book would have mayhem, bad guys trying to take over, love in the middle of the plague, starvation - this book had none of that. There was some discouragement but even the camp where people were stuck for months wasn't bad. The American version would have the camp be a hell on earth. There were a lot of speeches by different characters - a couple were actually moving. The book ended very mildly too. I'm just not used to this type of non-dystopian book.
When I started this book I was wondering if I would finish it after description, after description of Dragnet's color episodes and the weather. Then the book started getting a little more interesting, and then a little more, until I was fully invested to find out what happened to Edward. I was afraid it was going to be a bad turn but it ended up being a HEA (happy ever after) for Edward - not over the top happy but for him it was huge. Loved the book.