The Lightest Object in the Universe

The Lightest Object in the Universe Review

If the grid went down, how would you find someone on the other side of the country? How would you find hope?

After a global economic collapse and failure of the electrical grid, amid escalating chaos, Carson, a high school teacher of history who sees history bearing out its lessons all around him, heads west on foot toward Beatrix, a woman he met and fell hard for during a chance visit to his school. Working his way along a cross-country railroad line, he encounters lost souls, clever opportunists, and those who believe they’ll be delivered from hardship if they can find their way to the evangelical preacher Jonathan Blue, who is broadcasting on all the airwaves countrywide. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Beatrix and her neighbors turn to one another for food, water, and solace, and begin to construct the kind of cooperative community that suggests the end could, in fact, be a promising beginning.

But between Beatrix and Carson lie 3,000 miles. With no internet or phone or postal service, can they find their way back to each other, and what will be left of their world when they do? The answers may lie with fifteen-year-old Rosie Santos, who travels reluctantly with her grandmother to Jonathan Blue, finding her voice and making choices that could ultimately decide the fate of the cross-country lovers. 

The Lightest Object in the Universe is a story about reliance and adaptation, a testament to the power of community and a chronicle of moving on after catastrophic loss, illustrating that even in the worst of times, our best traits, borne of necessity, can begin to emerge. 

Title:The Lightest Object in the Universe

    The Lightest Object in the Universe Reviews

  • Paula Kalin

    This is a first! A dystopian novel about rebuilding rather than destruction!Kimi Eisele’s debut gives us a world where the government no longer exists, electricity is gone, and along with it the eco...

  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    I love post apocalyptic books. I have read my fair share and unfortunately some do not stand out and feel like every other one. It was sadly the case for me with this one.In the beginning I was gettin...

  • Karen?s Library

    I'm not crying... YOU'RE crying! Ok... Maybe I'm crying just a little. I'm a huge fan of apocalyptic stories. There aren't many out there that are actually kind of hopeful. But folks, this one is just...

  • Scooter McDermitt

    It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fineFor its first third, I found The Lightest Object in the Universe to be deeply frustrating. Here I am reading a novel about the end of the world -...

  • Faith Hurst-Bilinski

    It’s getting harder to write dystopian novels, I think. The writing here is as beautiful but the story itself didn’t capture me the way I thought it would. The back and forth between the stories o...

  • Iryna *Book and Sword*

    Many thanks to Algonquin Books for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review.My WEBSITEMy INSTAGRAMMy WORDPRESS BLOG...

  • Lissa

    Well-written and full of haunting scenes of post-apocalyptic America, I devoured this book and it grew on me the more that I read it. It follows two adult characters who had a brief romance and are no...

  • Rainey

    I was gifted this book by a bookseller friend along with a recommendation based on how lovely the author is and a pitch of the book as an "uplifting post-apocalyptic novel." Who can resist that?Not on...

  • Chris

    Absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed this!My childhood neighbor and friend wrote this book and I could not be more proud of her!I happy bought this at our local indie bookstore and started reading immedi...

  • Kasey

    I won't be able to write a review that will do Kimi's book justice, but I don't want to "wait until the right time," so here it goes! I was a naughty reader, skimming ahead in a few parts, because I w...