The Displacements

By: Bruce Holsinger

Goodreads description:

An adrenaline-fueled story of lives upended and transformed by an unprecedented catastrophe.

To all appearances, the Larsen-Hall family has everything: healthy children, a stable marriage, a lucrative career for Brantley, and the means for Daphne to pursue her art full-time. Their deluxe new Miami life has just clicked into place when Luna–the world’s first category 6 hurricane–upends everything they have taken for granted.

When the storm makes landfall, it triggers a descent of another sort. Their home destroyed, two of its members missing, and finances abruptly cut off, the family finds everything they assumed about their lives now up for grabs. Swept into a mass rush of evacuees from across the American South, they are transported hundreds of miles to a FEMA megashelter where their new community includes an insurance-agent-turned-drug dealer, a group of vulnerable children, and a dedicated relief worker trying to keep the peace. Will “normal” ever return?

A suspenseful read plotted on a vast national tapestry, The Displacements thrillingly explores what happens when privilege is lost and resilience is tested in a swiftly changing world.

Helen says: πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ€“ 1/2

My favorite book of the month- This is not a good book to read during hurricane season. A category 6 (!) hurricane hits Miami and Houston. This was bleak and anxiety inducing – a true riches to rags story. The author wants us to pay attention to global warming- phew! It really was a believable story though.

Holly says: πŸ€“πŸ€“πŸ€“3/4

This book terrified me – I will never take hurricane warning lightly again. This is like a hurricane Category 6 version of The Hot Zone, but literally based on a hurricane instead of a killer disease. A story about how quickly life can change when a catastrophic storm hits, and what can go wrong (a lot!) in its aftermath. A family doing the best that they can in a truly terrifying and harrowing situation. Read it – dont listen – the accents are highly annoying, as in, the good guys have neutral accents, the bad guys all sound southern (one of my pet peeves). This story about a family who has lost much and is fleeing a natural disaster is reminiscent of Kristin Hannah’s The Four Winds. It does get a little disjointed towards the end, but definitely a good read.

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