The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele

The Lightest Object in the Universe

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...

Details The Lightest Object in the Universe

TitleThe Lightest Object in the Universe
Release DateJul 9th, 2019
PublisherAlgonquin Books
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Dystopia

Reviews The Lightest Object in the Universe

  • 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 economy. Society has collapsed due to a flu outbreak. The heart of the story, however, is about two people in love that are on opposite sides of the country and their journey to get back together.Beatrix, a fair trade advocate and protester, is on the W...
  • 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 getting vibes of "Station Eleven" and even "The Stand" but by the middle point I was bored and struggled to finish the book. I was able to finish it by trying the audiobook but even then I struggled the concentrate.Gorgeous Cover but forgettable.
  • 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 that! Very hopeful! Most of the book is about how the goodness of people come through rather than the dregs of society taking over.The Lightest Object in the Universe is the story of Carson on the east coast, and Beatrix on the west coast. Shortly a...
  • 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 - flu has wiped out a huge chunk of humanity, the government just sort-of decided to stop working, commerce has collapsed, and the electrical grid has stopped reducing iPhones and computers to useless blocks of plastic and metal - and the world stubbo...
  • 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 of the two main characters seemed abrupt and I never really got the sense of wanting them to find each other.
  • 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 now trying to connect with each other even thought they live on opposite sides of the country. I wish that there was a little more details concerning how society crumbled, but descriptions of the aftermath were some of the best I have read. I received ...
  • 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 only did The Lightest Object deliver on its promo pitch, the graceful, careful, utter humanity of the writing blew me away from the very first page. Eisele handles our grief, our flaws, and our very hearts with such delicacy as is rarely encountered. I...
  • 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 immediately and had no idea what to expect. The extra best thing about this is that this is exactly the sort of book that I would have devoured even if I didn't know the author. The grid goes down, society collapses, and the characters we follow are trying...
  • 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 wanted so much to find out what happened next, what happened to certain characters.... so I would allow myself to skip lightly ahead (which I never usually let myself do!), then make myself go back to savor the prose. I wanted both to savor the journe...
  • Georgette
    Is happiness possible in a post-apocalyptic world? Eisele makes you believe it is. A pretty good book for the subject matter.
  • Sam Sattler
    I count dystopian or post-apocalyptic novels among my favorites, but having read quite a few of them over the years I’ve started to realize that finding something even a little different in the genre is not easy – not that I’m going to let that keep me from trying. Kimi Eisele’s The Lightest Object in the Universe is one dystopian novel that does manage to stand out from the crowd a bit. And that’s both the good news and the bad news.Wh...
  • Guylou
    I love to be surprised… this book surprised me. Sci-fi is not normally my go-to genre and I was a bit worried I might not be able to give this book its deserved praises. I was wrong, I could not put it down. This book is about love, deceit, survival, and perseverance. This is the story of two human beings who do not give up on humanity after a major apocalyptic event. One stays put in her neighborhood and helps build a new community. The other ...
  • Bruin Mccon
    The Lightest Object in the Universe is the story of the United States after all the lights have gone out. Separated from technology, the remainder of the population not wiped out by a virulent flu struggle to find their way in a new world by tapping into skills of the “old world.” Carson, a high school principal whose wife passed when technology was still around, sets off from the East Coast on a journey to his girlfriend who lives out west. ...
  • Lori
    Slightly underwhelmed with this one. Not sure what I had been expecting exactly but I was defintely expecting more. Maybe if the scope had been a bit more narrow? It felt like Kimi was trying to do too much with a storyline that might have benefited from a little less.
  • J.D. DeHart
    Kimi Eisele writes with a haunting sense of place in this novel. This is my first venture into this author’s work but I appreciate Eisele’s eye for detail.A book that will reverberate for some time after it is read.
  • Keisha Frantom
    A few months after all the electricity in the world goes out, technology and most of society falls. Carson is a principal and lives on the east coast and after his school closes and the city becomes rough, he decides to travel east to find Beatrix. They have been corresponding but have only met each other for a few hours. Along the way Carson meets many friendly and helpful people. Beatrix finds a home with her neighbors and tries to make their c...
  • Julie Gaudette
    What would happen if the power grid failed? This novel is beautifully written. The smells, sounds of silence,and the bright sky we so often do not acknowledge are brought to our awareness. I loved the characters. Some of the story line was predictable but it is a page turner! This book made me want to dig out my camping equipment and Field guide to Edible Plants of North America!Thank you Netgalley for Advance copy
  • Abigail Higgins
    Over the last year or two, I have found myself reading more and more dystopian or apocalyptic fiction. This wasn’t actually an intentional choice, to immerse myself in catastrophe, but I have enjoyed a lot of what I have read, and have even found a few new favorites. So, when I saw The Lightest Object in the Universe, described as a more hopeful take on the end of the world, I knew I had to read this one. When there is so much written about the...
  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele is a recommended post-apocalyptic novel.A flu pandemic sweeps the world, twice. Protests are already tearing the country apart when society completely breaks down after a cyber attack takes out the electrical grid, along with the global economy and everything else. What is left is a world of individuals on their own who must know how to survive by their own wits and means. Carson is living on the...
  • Jennifer
    The Lightest Object in the Universe follows Carson and Beatrix, a couple that began a long-distance relationship prior to the apocalypse, an event that unfolded over years but was cemented by the final loss of the nation's power grid. As they both grapple with how to proceed in a world with no electricity, very little gasoline, and not even a reliable national mail service, the reader watches as Beatrix tries to establish a community where she li...
  • Jennifer
    The Lightest Object in the Universe follows Carson and Beatrix, a couple that began a long-distance relationship prior to the apocalypse, an event that unfolded over years but was cemented by the final loss of the nation's power grid. As they both grapple with how to proceed in a world with no electricity, very little gasoline, and not even a reliable national mail service, the reader watches as Beatrix tries to establish a community where she li...
  • David Domkoski
    An optimistic book about the end of the world? Yes! Not since Station Eleven have I read such a hopeful book about the destruction of life as we know it. Kimi Eisele's wondrous The Lightest Object in the Universe is, at its heart, a love story of two 30 somethings separated by distance and circumstances. But is is so much more than that - a cross-country journey of survival; the faith and strength of a small community struggling to survive and th...
  • Nichole
    4 out of 5 starsAt first I wobbled between a 3.5 stars and a 4.In the end this read struck me in a way and I knew it deserved the 4… and I will tell you why.Kimi Eisele had a fantastic concept and she executed it perfectly.This was unlike any post apocalyptic novel I have read before. Please keep in mind I am use to the fast pace, disease wiping out the world, zombies, evil humans struggling to survive and willing to do anything needed to do so...
  • Amy
    I have never read a post-apocalypse themed book with a happy ending which is what drew me to this story initially. The story takes place after all technology and corporations go down after a flu wipes out huge portions of the population. The story is told from the perspective of the two main characters. Beatrix, a strong willed activist and Carson, a high school principal who was a history teacher beforehand. The two were having a long distance r...
  • Laura
    I really loved this book! I finished 2 days ago and have continued to wonder about the future of the characters - imagining what became of them from that point. I was fortunate to be with the author for one of her recent readings / signings and gained insight into the thought process behind character development, the direction of the book and the feelings she, the author, was trying to convey. I would love the book even without that time with her...
  • Lisa DeSousa
    As post apocalyptic novels go, this one is a lot more optimistic. It is a quick read, and I enjoyed it very much. It is less "The Road" and more "The Dog Stars", and it does not capture the horror of life "after" nearly as well as either of those books. What it does well is paints a pretty clear path from where we are now to where we could end up with just a few of the calamities we are flirting with coming to fruition. Likable characters, well w...
  • Korine Kolivras
    What a beautiful story. There are many different scenarios that would (will?) play out in a post-apocalyptic world. There might be utter chaos and a complete breakdown of social order, which was suggested to be happening in some major cities in this book. As is currently happening in some places around the world as I write this. But this isn't the heart of the story here. The heart of the story is about heart. Connection. Organizing. Seeing the g...
  • Nancy Murphy
    Many dystopian novels have you reaching for a stiff drink, but this debut work is refreshingly optimistic. A pandemic triggers a complete government collapse (corruption, mismanagement are equally to blame). Beatrix--an activist who has just returned from a long stint in Mexico--finds her roommates gone, her office shuttered, and Carson, a school principal she'd fallen in love with, unreachable on the other side of the country. Beatrix and a dive...
  • Lauren
    A sweet post-apocalyptic love story.