Expected Publication: June 5, 2018
I want to thank, Netgalley & the publisher for an eARC of this book. It has in no way, influenced my opinions, just saying!
I was very excited to get a copy of this! I LOVE Backman and Beartown is my second favorite book by him. I was a little nervous because the book ended perfectly and this is a continuation. I know a lot of people haven’t been sure about Beartown because it’s about hockey. I can assure you, it’s about so much more than hockey.
If you haven’t read Beartown, it’s a must before cracking this one open, in my opinion. It takes place after the events in the previous book. You need this background to understand where the town and people are at, emotionally and mentally. Us Against You, is basically about the good vs. evil, love vs. hate and the decisions that follow. The choices that these characters make that ripple into the life of everyone around them.
Backman, has an amazing way of storytelling. From the very beginning he tells you something is going to happen. Throughout the whole story, I was wondering, is this it? There are so many times, I thought I knew what was going to happen but wasn’t even close. He had me nervous and scared. I love that it’s not predictable! I swear, you will feel EVERY emotion possible with his books, this one included. I would laugh out loud and cry on various occasions.
He makes you fall in love with every character and you can’t help feeling what they feel. I love them all. Benji, Amat, Bobo, The Andersson’s, Ramona, The Pack and even the very small supporting characters. Everyone’s story is important and they all interweave with each other. Bobo is one character that really bloomed in this book. His story just hit my heartstrings the most. Everyone is fighting to stand up for what they believe in. Will they let their differences slide when the community needs to come together? You will have to read and find out! 🙂
This one starts off a bit slow, it took a while for me to get into the story. Once you get about 1/3 of the way into it, it really picks up. A lot of his books are that way. I always encourage those who stop to keep going, it’s so worth it. He talks about a lot of relevant issues today- sexuality, gender and politics. The conflict that ensues about each of these issues. He really makes you think. How would I act in this situation? Would I be different or would I follow the crowd?
Overall, it’s a great book. I did prefer Beartown a little more. What I got from this book and I hope many others do is HOPE. Hope that good will outshine evil, Hope that people can forget their differences and come together, Hope that we can make the world better. Be good. Be kind.