It has been several days since I finished this book, and I still don't know what I think of it. It was good, though not as good as many other reviews led me to expect. It's told from multiple points of view, but centers primarily on 10 year old Melanie and her favorite teacher, Miss Justineau. A very grisly fungal infection has taken out most of the population, except, go figure, they're not dead. At times it seems there's not much point to the story except the very gory results of the fungus, 'fungus' being a word that kind of makes me queasy to begin with. At other times the question is, what would you do and who would you save when the world is ending? Even more uplifting: is humanity as it exists today worth saving at all? Ultimately not a particularly cheery book, but I'd recommend to friends who hate cheery books.