"The Sunlight Pilgrims": A Book Review

Jess Balliet

4.5 Stars

September 21, 2017

What I find most appealing about books that I read is an original I idea. There is nothing more satisfying to me than to read a book that has a fresh idea, that isn't just a cookie cutter spin on the popular subject of the time. The Sunlight Pilgrims contains that original idea I long for in a book. While apocalyptic tales are a dime a dozen these days, this book has no zombies, no killer virus, or no meteor that has wiped out civilization. Part of what made Cormac McCarthy's The Road so enjoyable is that we're never told (at least not in the book) what the culprit was. This is an apocalyptic tale set in the end stages of an ice age. As with most stories of the end of mankind, we find that human beings, and not our zombies, viruses, or rising waters, become the biggest danger we will face. Humans have an incredibly strong survival instinct, and most will stop at NOTHING to acquire what they need to survive. All of these elements combine and come to a head in The Sunlight Pilgrims. I wasn't sure this book would be for me. But if, like me, you long for an original concept, this might be the book for you. About the Author JENNI FAGAN was born in Scotland. She attended Greenwich University and won a scholarship to the Royal Holloway MFA. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was shortlisted for the Dublin Impac, The James Tait Black, and was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists. I received this book free from Blogging for Books for review purposes, but my opinions are my own.