This is a beautifully lyrical look at a dystopian where something that can truly be called humanity survives after a devastating superflu. The narrative alternates between the actual disaster and the world twenty years after the event and weaves in social commentary on today's society very seamlessly. The main focus is on the journeys of the Traveling Symphony through the remnants of civilization in the upper Midwest of the United States. By no means is this book action packed. It is more of a philosophical study on what it truly means to survive and what makes that survival worthwhile.