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It is four years since the virus came, killing every adult in its path. Not long after that the electricity failed. Food and water started running out. Fires raged uncontrolled across the country.
Now Anna cares for her brother alone in a house hidden in the woods, keeping him safe from 'the Outside', scavenging for food amid the packs of wild dogs that roam their ruined, blackened world.
Before their mother died, she told them to love each other and never part. She told them that, when they reach adulthood, the sickness will claim them too. But she also told them that someone, somewhere, will have a cure. When the time comes, Anna knows, they must leave their world and find another.
By turns luminous and tender, gripping and horrifying,Anna is a haunting parable of love and loneliness; of the stories we tell to sustain us, and the lengths we will go to in order to stay alive.
“Ammaniti sets a new standard in post-apocalyptic fiction”
—John Burnside, The Guardian
Ammaniti's prose is faultless from the first . . . A fearsomely gifted writer — Independent
A writer of rigorous imagination and moral subtlety — Times Literary Supplement
A master storyteller — Guardian
Ammaniti is a modern-day Dickens — La Repubblica
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Anna was a somewhat surprising novel, I chose it on the back of i’m not scared and wasn’t prepared for the startlingly good mash-up of Cormac McCarthy’s the road, lord of the flies and any one of a host of post-apocalyptic thrillers. The lead characters are vivid and their lifestyle and needs understandable in the extreme circumstances; if one could criticise the secondary characters are more thinly sketched. Regardless, the horror that is presented in such stark terms contrasts with the hope and determination of Anna and her brother despite the inevitability of what must lie ahead. Tense, dramatic and effective.
Sicily in the year 2020 - and the known world is in post-apocalyptic chaos after a mystery virus called Red Fever has wiped out all the adults and anyone post-puberty. Four years after the outbreak, 13 year old Anna and her younger brother Astor are barely surviving by foraging for food and supplies, with only Anna’s native wit and determination and the “book of important things” their dead mother has left them for guidance. Ammaniti has a gift for portraying how a child’s mind works, which was evident in a previous suspense novel, 'I'm Not Scared', and his narrative detachment in describing the horrors of a world without adult supervision, compared with the natural optimism and worldly innocence of a child makes the bleakness of their plight all the more desperate. I was particularly moved by this description of the universal human will to survive against all odds: ‘Anna, in her lack of knowledge, sensed that all the creatures on this planet, from snails to swallows, and including human beings, must live. That is our mission; it has been written in our flesh. We must go on, without looking back, for the energy that pervades us is beyond our control, and even when despairing, maimed or blind, we continue to eat, sleep and swim, struggling against the whirlpool that sucks us down’. A grim but rewarding read.
Anna is one part medical thriller and one part Maze Runner... serving up a heroine that stays with you long after the story ends. Against all odds and with the use of her dead mother's notebook of instructions to guide them, Anna sets out to provide her and her little brother a means of survival after a virus wipes out all adults and turns society inside out. In a world of desperation and suffering Anna and Astor search for the one thing that keeps them going - hope. Their journey is a page turner that will take you places right along with it!
This was a was beautiful and atmospheric read. With an original plot about children surviving in a world without adults it was quite an interesting read.The children were alone as the Red Fever killed only the adults. Set on the island of Siciliy,in 2020 It tells Anna and her little brother Astor, and a book their mother wrote before she died called The Book of Important things, I quite enjoyed this read, although I usually don't go for this genre and I am happy to recommend
I'm not a reader of dystopian fiction but I love Ammaniti's writing so I couldn't pass this up. This did not disappoint. The depiction of pre adolescent children was spot on and the story compelling. Lord of the flies meets Hunger Games. Ammaniti is Italy's greatest living writer.