There are some good things about this book and some really irritating things. I’ll start with the good because David Oppegaard is on Goodreads and will undoubtedly read this review. I think it’s well written, it flows well and it kept me interested. I wanted to know what happened next. The characters were believable and fairly fleshed out. Although post-apocalyptic novels are common and most involve journeys, I felt he handled it well. The premise is different and thought-provoking. I really appreciate that he was respectful of the problem of suicide, not judgmental. I am interested in reading more by this author.
That said, I have a number of problems with the book. First of all Seattle isn’t on the ocean!! It's on Puget Sound, which is salt water, but it's no more the ocean than Hudson Bay is. I thought the ending was weak, I wanted more. I don’t feel I got enough information. There were also lots of inconsistencies that irritated me.
The book did make me think, though. I found myself pausing and staring into space imagining what I would do in Norman’s situation, and that’s what books are supposed to do. So overall, I think it was a decent first novel.