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Every once in a while I am looking for that dark, depressing book, the one that does not have the happily ever after; because let’s face it, life is not all rainbows, lollipops and unicorns. Whenever I am in that kind of mood, David Moody does not let me down.
Stuart is a family man. He has the house, the wife, the two point five kids (actually three) and the family cat. When the world starts to go to hell, Stuart pays attention, he gets ready. Stuart’s family will survive.
I love the double entente of the title with the story. The Cost of Living starts with Stuart and Gabby fighting over money while on a shopping trip. It moves forward to the freedom that the family loses in order to survive the end of the world.
Included with The Cost of Living were two previous attempts that David Moody made to tell this story. It was really interesting to see the evolution of the story, with the improvements that the author made to create such a fantastic story.
The best part of The Cost of Living is how the author keeps it real. Whenever I read a PA book, I always like to think, “What would I do?” Stuart acts like anyone would, he looks out for his family and he has to make some hard decisions. The conflicts and problems that arise are real. David Moody creates that personal connection with his characters, they are anybody and everybody…they are you and me and the people we know.
If you are looking for a story with princesses and bubble gum, then do not read The Cost of Living. If you want a real story that is raw and dark then you need to read this book.