Today, I'm discussing Beartown's sequel, Us Against You.
Us Against You by Fredrik Backman
After everything that the people of Beartown have gone through, they are hit yet again when news circulates announcing the disbandment of the local hockey team. To make matters worse, the former Beartown players now play for the rival team in Hed. When it's discovered that the team might be saved after all, the new coach decides to build a team around Amat, the fastest player in town; Benji, the lone wolf; and Vidar, the troublemaker.
Soon, the big match is days away, and the pranks and incidents between both communities begin to get out of hand. Before the residents of both towns realize the war they've created, a resident of Beartown will be dead. Suddenly, everyone will be forced to wonder if, after all they’ve been through, the game they love can ever go back to being something simple and innocent.
Like Beartown, Us Against You features Backman's superb writing style, an intriguing storyline, and a one of a kind cast. The narrative is captivating and genuine: it perfectly exemplifies human nature.
Despite the wonderful narrative that Backman shares with readers, Us Against You is a bit repetitive and anticlimactic. The novel is so similar to its prequel that it raises an important question: did Beartown need a sequel at all?
Nonetheless, Us Against You is an authentic, heartbreaking novel. Like Beartown, this is a great pick for readers who want real insight into the human experience.
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