A stunning work, not so much the plot, although that works just fine, but the prose. Be warned, you will find yourself reading sentences several times until you get the cadence correct. They are extremely long and full of nuance. This is an end of the world story, but there is so much more to this book that it is almost impossible to describe. Another warning. From seemingly prudish, it suddenly veers into extremely coarse language with sexual situations described not graphically but in some detail. Each and every word in this tome (616 pages) appears to be necessary and in its rightful place. The prologue alone will stun you and will leave you feeling as if you live in a world suddenly much dangerous than it was mere minutes before.