"So of course in the midst of everything, the state of the world being what it is, humanity on the cusp of extinction, here I am writing another email about sex and friendship. What else is there to live for?"
In her third authorial outing, Rooney manages a more adult world with a wider cast of characters, all delivering a narrative that might resemble her developing world view, post-fame, as well as building on themes and characterization from her previous two novels. It doesn't have the beautiful, near-perfect ending of her debut, but the book as a whole is well structured and satisfying. The characters talk more philosophy and politics, but Rooney manages to keep her feet fixed on the ground, especially with a heightened, more poetic language sprinkled throughout this larger book. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell