Mandel brilliantly tells a story of a group of Shakespearian actors who each have their own personal biography. The book switches between before and after a deadly flu pandemic and what transpires in the future world without any form of life as it was. The next generation knows little of the past world and its technology. It read a little like "The Road" and had a character like Warren Jeffs. Madel wove in and out of various scenarios without losing the reader and bringing a large spans of time and events to a glorious conclusion.