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
GenreFiction, Science 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.
  • Cyndi Becker
    I'm not a big reader of sci fi/ end of days stories, but I seem to love the few I've "read" via audible (books like: The Age of Miracles, The Dreamers which I actually read - okay so maybe the theme there is the author Karen Thompson Walker ) but I digress. The Lightest Object in the Universe is one I must add to this list. First, the story is completely captivating. And secondly, the audible is perfectly produced, with distinct voices from the ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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. ...
  • Cathie
    Great premise; started out good. However, I couldn't rate this higher and in line with Station Eleven, The Road, and the Devil's Wake series.
  • Tammy Parks
    In Eisele’s post apocalyptic world, a global financial crisis has left a destroyed infrastructure and a non-existent government in it’s wake, and a raging flu epidemic has wiped out most of humanity. Amid all the chaos, a man from the east coast named Carson sets out on foot, walking across the country toward San Francisco, hoping to find his love, Beatrix.This story doesn’t focus on all the horrors of a post apocalyptic world, although the...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Jennifer Wrage
    FYI: I won this book on the beginning of the book I found the jumping between the male and female protagonists a little difficult and frustrating. I wanted to follow each in larger sections. As the plot thickened, it became clear that this style was well suited to the complete story. The topic is serious and provides a caution. It provided food for reflection.
  • 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...
  • Becky
    First sentence: Thirteen days into the second month of the year, the lights began to go out.Premise/plot: The Lightest Object in the Universe is a post-apocalyptic romance novel starring Carson Waller and Beatrix Banks. When the darkness comes (which is after the deadly flu, by the way) Carson and Beatrix are lovers separated by a continent. He lives in New York; she lives in California. They’ve always used technology to communicate on a near d...
  • 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...
  • 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...