The world begins to end and an ordinary family tries to deal. I liked the details of how they get along as everything they depend on rapidly crumbles. The main character is relatable and well-developed. She reminded me a bit of a modern Laura Ingalls, in her flaws, her day-to-day work, and her overall generous heart. I think if I'd read this at a different time, before I'd glutted myself with so much post-apocalyptic fiction, I'd have enjoyed this more. This book is good but not ground-breaking.