I'm going to be a brave little toaster and post a recommendation. I'm highly recommending Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: Amazon Goodreads This book takes place before, during and after an apocalyptic event, and it manages that by jumping between each time and covering the experience of several characters within each chapter. Difficult to pull off, which Station Eleven managed to do, but what it actually excels at are its characters. I can't remember the last time I encountered characters that felt so utterly human. Most people experience thoughts, situations and circumstances which are nearly impossible to put into words, and Station Eleven utterly nailed that. It covered several very familiar seeming topics which I could relate to in a way which made the characters feel like real people. It's amazing. On top of that the book poses a few interesting questions, either directly or indirectly, about how much about our life we take for granted, how many modern conveniences we rely upon, and how much they define us. Man, what an incredible novel. Highly recommended if...well...if you like characters. At all.